I’m in Apple Migration Assistant hell

Don’t ask me about the new MacBook Air.

Ever tried transferring half a terabyte of data by Wi-Fi? That way lies madness. Bought the recommended Apple-brand cable and dongle. Defective out of the box!

My take: Not a good day for this Apple customer’s sat.

9 Comments

  1. George Row said:

    Philip,
    It is probably little consolation to tell you at this stage … but my preferred method in recent years has been to create a complete TimeMachine backup of the old Mac and then setup the new Mac from that backup. It is made easier if you use a backup disc with the potential for the fastest possible connection to each of the Macs.

    So for example if the old Mac has USB (A) 3.0 and the new one has USB-C then a disc that can handle both of those would be the optimal device.

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    November 9, 2018
  2. Robert Martin said:

    Philip,

    Hang in there. I’ve never had it take more than a month for all the dust to settle. /S

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  3. Richard Wanderman said:

    I got the new Air, logged into my iCloud account and moved a few things via airdrop so I could mess with it. Took a few minutes.

    That said, I’m used to the speed and power of a MacBook Pro and I found this machine slow. No doubt it’s fine for old Air users but not for me. I also found the screen lacking compared with MacBook pros. So, I returned it and will wait for upgraded pros (sans touchbar) whenever they come out. I’m in no rush, this is a second machine for me.

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  4. Phil Service said:

    I’ll second George Row’s comment. Surely you DO have a backup? Hopefully more than one. Keep one on a local external hard drive. Migrate from that over Thunderbolt, USB3, or whatever.

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    November 9, 2018
  5. UPDATE: Drove back to Apple Store. Replaced defective cables. Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3 (USB-c) now works, but Migration Assistant got hung up again. Going the George Row route tomorrow.

    UPDATE 2: Fresh Time Machine back-up took two tries, 10 hours. Now migrating to new MacBook Air. If this doesn’t work, I’m going the Richard Wanderman route: Fresh install, rebuild using Airdrop. I try to avoid that, remembering what a pain it is to find things like Notes and KeyChain in the Mac’s secret Library.

    UPDATE 3: Migration from Time Machine worked, sort of. Photos misbehaved until it could get started syncing from Cloud. sickiesdatabase had to be transferred by hand and a bunch of applications got lost in shuffle. Getting back to my familiar workspace is going to take a few days of discovering what’s missing and devising workarounds.

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    • Ken Cheng said:

      How are you still using Firewire? Thru a hub? They recommended a Firewire dongle, what?

      Good luck, George’s way is the way I also setup new Macs as it gives you a fresh backup. External harddrives are cheap.

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