Migration Assistant Help Needed?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by nylon, Oct 20, 2007.

  1. nylon macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2004
    I'm planning on doing a erase & install (clean install) of Leopard.

    How do I use migration assistant to only move over my mail, address book, and iTunes library (nothing else).

    Is there a way to selectively import stuff or would I have to import all applications and their respective libraries?
  2. Joeymon2 macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2005
    I have been trying to search for an answer to a question just like this but can't find any replies. Is there any way to use migration assistant to only move certain files like my itunes library or iphoto library or does it have to migrate the entire backup?
  3. sunfast macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2005
    I'd be keen to know the answer to this too. I have a suspicion it can only be done with FW external drives (I've only got USB). Anybody know the answer?
  4. Ice-Cube macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2006
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    Ok you actually would have a couple of options on how to do this. During the installation, you would have a couple of options: Erase and Install - which wipes out the whole system and replaces it with Leopard, or Archive and Install which only replaces the system files, but preserving your applications, emails, address book entries, and everything else.

    If you pick Erase and Install, you would be given the option of Migration Assistant's 'Transfer from another Mac'. You can use this option to transfer stuff from either: Another mac or a firewire HD which is bootable (Clone of your existing mac).

    If you decide to go ahead with the 'Transfer from another Mac' option, you would be given a list of things which could be transferred over like: Applications, Preferences and Network settings, Emails, Address book entries and your iLife stuff. However within each choice you cannot specify what data to be transfered, e.g. All applications except Office 2004 and Adobe Photoshop CS3.

    If you decide to skip this part, you would still be able to use Migration Assistant when the installation is done. However, the stuff transfered would be not to your own account but as a second account. E.g. If your master account is Jon, and Migration Assistant detected another Jon account on another Mac, it will transfer the whole account over, which means you would have Jon, and Jon1 on your mac. Hence this would not be ideal unless you intend to have multiple accounts on your mac.

    As a brief summary to all your questions, I would recommend backing up manually the stuff you want to transfer over on a ext HD. You can do this by duplicating your music library over, your mail folder over, preferences folder (most important) etc, then manually drag them back in after the installation is complete.

    Hope it helps!
  5. cuestakid macrumors 68000

    Jun 14, 2006
    San Fran
    thats what i was kinda thinking of doing but I was wondering if there was anyway to migrate my entire home folder if I do a erase and install?

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