OS X Mavericks :: Delete Second User That Migration Assistant Has Made Into Primary User?

Jun 28, 2014

Just got a new MacBook Pro, wanted to transfer my data from the old (2010) MBP. I've done this dozens of times before, but always manually, via Finder copies from external hard disks, etc. This time I decided to try the Official Method, using Migration Assistant. After numerous tries, I couldn't get Migration Assistant to work between the two MacBook Pros (both running 10.9.3), even with Apple's assistance. So I decided to try it with a MacBook running 10.6.8. It worked (though poorly; Migration Assistance needs some serious repair), which was useful (now I know that Migration Assistant works, and it's not a problem with the cabling I was using, but something in the old MBP).  But now I have two user accounts on my new MacBook Pro, which I don't want, plus the added account has now been made the primary account, with (some) data from the previously primary account moved to it. 

So I want to delete the new, added, now primary user and return the MBP to its former, pristine state. So I have to go through all the data (fortunately there isn't much; both the new MBP and the MacBook were only recently set up) that's been moved from the original account to the added account, move it back to the original account, then delete the added account (if I can). This was somewhat complicated by the fact that the ~/Library folder is now invisible by default, but I figured that out. However, what I'm wondering now is, when the second, added account was made the primary account, did it assume all attributes of the former primary account, including its number? I know that user accounts in Mac OS have numbers, like 501, 502, etc.

How can I see the numbers of these two accounts? And if the added account is now number 501, when I delete it, how I can I restore the number 501 to the original account? Or perhaps I should just return the new MBP to its factory state, and start over? But I can't, since it didn't come with any Install DVDs (nor indeed, with an optical drive). (I've been out of touch with the Mac world for several years due to illness, am only now learning about the changes since 10.6, which I'd been using until less than a week ago.) I can wipe the MacBook Pro and reinstall 10.9.3, but that might lose some information specific to this computer that came with it. 

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I recently did a clean install and now I am attempting to migrate user data to the new install. I have a Mac Pro with four internal drives. OS X is on the boot drive, of course, and the user home folder I'd like to transfer is on another internal drive. (This is because I had moved all user directories from the boot drive to a separate internal drive in the Mac Pro. A consultant advised me to do this to increase performance.)

I thought I'd be able to use Migration Assistant to simply migrate the user to the new install, but it appears you can only use MA with a Time Machine back-up or a disk with OS X installed.

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I know I have done this without issue in the past with our other office machines, but this time I am stumped. I need all the system settings, mail, etc. to move over to the new machine.

Lastly, system preferences says that the user name (and short name) is taken when I tried to just recreate the account. I booted with the cd to see if I could reset the password and see the user there and no luck there either.

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Mar 25, 2012

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The only thing I'd set up on my original "Rory" mac account was downloading Flash Player and installing my email to 'Mail' - so I've hardly done a lot of configs. 

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Or, is it easier to try and get the files (transfered from the PC under 'Rory1') to the original Mac profile of "Rory". 

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Feb 16, 2012

When I purchased my 2 Macs they were set up with my Apple ID. Somehow when I upgraded to Lion, which I did right after it came out, it change my contact information to show my wifes. What I mean is when I check Preferences > Users & Groups my Admin users ID shows my Apple ID but the address book card is linked to my wife's information. Of course whenever I try to complete a form on a site, it uses her information to auto-fill. We both have iPhones and iCloud accounts.I've had both these computers since OS X 10.4 or 5. They have always been correct till this upgrade.

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Sep 11, 2014

My main 3tb iMAC is in the shop getting a new fusion drive as it died.  I have to use one of my other iMacs temporarily.  This other iMac as a 1tb HD but its mostly empty.  I have a Time Machine backup on my NAS drive of my main iMac.  I want to copy some of my backup files from the NAS to the 1tb iMAC. But I am having issues trying to copy files. 

Basically I launch Migration Assistant, it goes through the steps and I pick the user I want to migrate.  It start the process then says that the users files are too large for this iMac and so I have the option to go back and pick specific folders to copy.  I unclick enough folders so it fits on the 1tb iMAC, I click next and then the Migration Assistant just exits and I am returned to the login screen. 

I see the problem on two different iMacs - the 2014 one with 1tb and an older 2011 iMac with 2tb.  No error, it just exits.

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M friend migrating from an old MacBook (with Snow Leopard) to a new one (with Mavericks). The old MacBook is connected to the new one with a firewire cable and is in Target Mode. We can see the disk and folders fine on the old MacBook, but when we try to use Migration Assistant it crashes while computing the size of the user accounts on the old mac (i.e. before we can even start migration). Disk Utility says there's nothing wrong with the old mac's disk. 

I checked the crash reports from migration assistant on the new mac, and it turns out that it crashes in the same way every time, and the backtrace looks like the following. My guess is that there might be a file with a strange/wrong name somewhere on that old mac. 

Thread 8 Crashed:: Dispatch queue: com.apple.root.default-priority
0   com.apple.CoreFoundation            0x00007fff860f547f CFStringGetCharactersPtr + 15
1   com.apple.CoreFoundation            0x00007fff860f5767 CFStringGetFileSystemRepresentation + 55
2   com.apple.CoreFoundation            0x00007fff860fe8f6 _CFIterateDirectory + 54

[Code] .....

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I spent 4 days trying to get OS X Migration Assistant to successfully migrate between two desktop machines, both running Mavericks 10.9.3. 

The two machines were connected by an ethernet cable, and all migrations would fail after 16-24 hours, with the progress bar stalling out at "Less than one minute remaining". 

Before every failed transfer, Migration Assistant would inaccurately show "157 KB selected" for transfer if the "Computer & Network Settings" option was checked, or "0 KB selected" for transfer if only the "Applications" or "Documents & Data" options were checked. 

I finally realized that the migrations were failing because I was opening and clicking through Migration Assistant on both the source and target machines at around the same time. 

The eventual solution was to open Migration Assistant on the source machine first, and click through as far as I could until the source machine was actively looking for other machines on the network. 

As long as I waited until then to open Migration Assistant on the target machine, it would correctly calculate the size of the files to be transferred and the migration would succeed. 

So, the order in which you open Migration Assistant seems to make a big difference: source first, then target. 

My problem is solved, but only after several days of hassle, so I wanted to post this in case other people had a similar issue. 

(I tried many suggested fixes that did not work, included reinstalling OS X on the target machine, running disk repair and fixing permissions on both source and target, changing file sharing on the source machine to include the whole drive, trying to migrate Applications and Documents & Data separately, turning off wifi before the transfer, etc.)

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Jun 6, 2014

I have a Macbook Pro Retina which cam with Mountain Lion installed, and I want to upgrade to Mavericks. However, I have a need to run some apps in Mountain Lion, as official support for those apps will not go past 10.8.5 (Avid's Pro Tools 10) and I need to be able to open archived projects. 

I also wish to clean install both operating systems fresh, and do a stripped ML partition, with bare bones essentials, on the smallest partion possible. Mavericks will be the main system, and ML won't host user data, only the legacy apps. I am fine with erasing my 500GB SSD. 

My current process is to install ML from the recovery partition, and use disk utility to partition before I do, then install Mavericks from a bootable USB (already made). 

So my questions are these: 

For ML: 

1. What size partition is the minimum necessary to install ML, plus the apps and run without hitch? The legacy apps will take maybe 4GB.I want this as small as possible. 

2. When I do a fresh install of ML, what apps can safely be deleted without affecting the system? 

For Mavericks: 

When migrating my old user account to Mavericks, I don't wish to migrate the apps, just the user settings and the data. I will make an entire backup of the user directory on a separate drive before I start this process, as well as a Time Machine backup. I then plan to migrate the account settings and data, but manually reinstall the extra apps. The reason for this is I have a lot of third party apps, and some are trials I decided to uninstall, and they all leave junk behind. 

3. If I import the user account settings and data only, what cruft or orphaned files should I be aware of? 

4. Are there options to cherry pick the settings that are migrated? 

5. If I manually copy, for example, the mail folder, iCal or messages folder in my user library, and place it into the appropriate user folder in the new account in a worst case scenario, will there be any drama I should be aware of? 

Lastly, a question of Apple ID's/iCloud: 

6. Before doing this process, should I deauthorise my iTunes account, or will that be fine when migrated anyway? 

7. What will happen with my iPhone when I sync to a fresh install on mavericks, will it attempt to wipe my iPhone, or is that part of the user data that is migrated? 

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Jun 20, 2014

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