Migration from iMac to Mac Mini...nope

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Machowl, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. Machowl macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2014
    Here's what I'm doing: Trying to migrate apps from a 2008 iMac to a new Mac Mini7 via cat 5 ethernet cable using migration assistant.

    Here's what's happening: Nothing.

    Here's what HAS happened: On my first try, which I was sure wouldn't work but I was using what I had on hand -I tried to migrate using USB. It looked like it was working, albeit very slow, because a solid colored progress bar showed up even though it said I had 123 hours left to go. Now, using ethernet cable, I get a blue/white 'candy cane' striped progress bar with NO time estimate. Been running for 17 hours now and still nothing but candy stripes and no time remaining estimate. The Mac mini says 'transferring your info' and the iMac says 'your other mac is ready'. On one of the tries, after several hours, I thought maybe the 'your other mac is ready' could mean that data had transferred. When I stopped the migration, Mac mini gave me a couple of messages saying a few apps weren't compatible with the new MM but nothing at all had transferred.

    Any help appreciated and keep in mind, I'm not technically savvy at all (layman's terms or childlike analogies appreciated). I'm all about the graphics apps but a rufus when it comes to the inner workings. Thanks in advance for help.
  2. iMacFarlane macrumors 65816


    Apr 5, 2012
    Adrift in a sea of possibilities
    I have no advice, but I've been exactly were you are. I had a 2009 iMac and tried to use Migration Assistant to set up a new 2012 cMBP I bought.

    After failing to do anything wothwhile, I pulled the plug after a day and a half and used a portable hard drive to shuttle my stuff from one to the other. Fail.
  3. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    I've found booting the old computer in target disk mode and then connecting by Firewire to be the most reliable means of MA.
  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    I'll second the post above.

    Pull the ethernet cable.

    Shut both Macs down.

    Reboot the iMac into firewire target disk mode.

    Connect a firewire cable between the iMac and the Mini.

    Start the Mini, and try Migration Assistant again.

    If this doesn't work...

    I suggest you use Migration Assistant for ONLY your accounts, apps, and data -- and do the installation of apps "by hand" instead...
  5. pianoman88 macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2010

    Ethernet has never worked for me; I end up using firewire in target mode.
  6. MRrainer macrumors 65816

    Aug 8, 2008
    Zurich, Switzerland
    I used the TimeMachine backup I had from the 2008 iMac to restore to my 2012 i7 Mini.
    Worked perfectly. I didn't want to migrate everything and it only migrated what I wanted.

    I assume, you have backups?

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