Migration "less than a minute remaining"

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by LastZion, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. LastZion macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2006
    I have been stuck on this for about 2 hours"

    I have seen numerous posts and articles that state if I "wait a long time it will eventually finish".

    Just wondering how long you guys have waited?

    When do I pull the shoot?

    Going from late 2013 IMac to late 2013 iMac.
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    For me I left it over night after waiting 4 hours. It was complete the following morning
  3. LastZion thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2006
    Just to be clear were you hung up on "less than a minute" for 4 hours then left over night?
  4. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Correct. Started at 4pm by 6pm it said less than a minute. By 10pm was still saying the same, done a quick google saw it was a recognised issue, left it and went to bed. By 6am it was complete.
  5. LastZion thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2006
  6. Jez84 macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2014
    Hey, just checking if your less than a minute remaining issue ended?

    I'm migrating a 2009 MBP to a 2014 MBP and it's been on "less than a minute remaining" for the last 5 hours.
  7. mosesa macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2011
    I am having this same issue. It has been stuck on "less than 1 minute" for 2 hours now. transferring from time machine external hard drive backup. does anyone know how long you have to wait approximately for it to work?
  8. Amstrman macrumors newbie


    Aug 1, 2006
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    same problem.. stuck on one minute for hours..
    How long to wait before force quitting it all?

    called AppleCare (NL) about the failing Migration Assistant.
    Stupidest answer EVER: its a good program when it works...

    Got a new Mac but havent felt this frustrated for a long time...
    great experience Apple.........
  9. tehhalia macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2014

    I left mine for 24 hours after I noted it said "a minute remaining". Still no end... Gonna give it another 24hours... Madness.
  10. Riwam, Nov 27, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2015

    Riwam macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2014
    Basel, Switzerland
    I don't know the true situation in your computer and with your task.
    My own experience however has always been that messages telling that a certain time is needed for completion of any procedure in a computer are never to be taken seriously! :D

    Very seldom "...still 5 minutes" last truly at the end 5 x 60 seconds, or "1 minute left" ends after 60 seconds. ;)
    Actually it can last much, much longer and usually this is the case. :eek:

    It is more or less as serious as weather forecasts...:rolleyes:

    On the other side I have from time to time a message telling me, for instance, that a certain task will take 1278570 hours and 18 minutes :D... and after a short time it corrects itself and the true final time is less than an hour.

    I have learned to live with totally unreliable computer timing messages which, fullfil what they usually write at the end of many movies
    "any similarity with actual facts is purely coincidental" :)

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