OS X :: Migration Assistant Will Not Recognize Old Computer?

Apr 25, 2009

I have recently purchased a 24" intel iMac (latest revision) running Mac OSX 10.5.6. I tried to transfer the user account from an older computer upon initial startup using the built-in migration feature, but it failed and reported that "there are no versions of mac os x available on your old mac," which is obviously not the case, as I am trying to transfer from an old white PowerPC iMac (with the hemisphere swivel base) running Mac OSX 10.4.11. All the correct procedures were followed using a firewire 400 to 800 cable.

I then found somewhere that it is wise to try to create an account on the new computer and then try to use migration assistant to transfer the account. I tried this several times, and every time the new computer did not recognize the older mac, and just left it searching (all the correct procedures, such as holding down the T key during restart on the old computer, were followed. The old computer has the firewire symbol floating around on the screen as it should).

I also tried the network option, where the new computer gives a number to type into the old computer, thereby linking the computers. This also was unsuccessful and just reported that a network error occurred.

On one of my latest firewire attempts I was given a message on the new computer that stated "Your old mac might not be able to connect to this one using Firewire" What?

Does this mean I'm screwed? How do I transfer my old account to my new computer? Please let me know if you need additional information on the situation.

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Dec 27, 2010

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May 10, 2012

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Jun 6, 2012

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Jun 25, 2012

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Jul 24, 2009

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Jan 8, 2010

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Nov 21, 2008

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My only real concern is about mail, coming from Tiger to Leopard, and the fact that she uses a mix of email sources...MobileMe, Gmail, etc. Setting up the accounts is not a problem, but I'm wondering about the actual message files on her Powerbook. After I set up her main user account on the MBA, can I just replace the mail folder in her home folder with the mail folder from her Powerbook? Some of the messages are IMAP, and some are POP accounts which she doesn't want to lose. I did this very thing when I got a new desktop, but it was a Tiger - to - Tiger transfer, so I just want to check if there are any issues doing this from Tiger to Leo

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Apr 9, 2009

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I recently left a company and my Macbook Pro seems to have been left with me as a parting gift. (I'm hoping, no one has said anything for quite a while...) Should this turn out to be true, I want to wipe it clean and start fresh, while keeping all my old files, and as many apps as I can. The way it's currently set up I don't have administrator access, so it hampers how much I can do with fixing/troubleshooting things etc. So I want to install a clean system.

What's the best way go about this whole process? Migration assistant? If so, is there a way to use migration assistant not directly from mac to mac, but from this mac to an externanl hard drive, then wipe this one clean and install the system, and then use Migration Assistant to bring everything over to this laptop, now with the new system?

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Nov 2, 2009

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Jul 11, 2010

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Nov 4, 2009

My wife has a new MBP 13" and I'd like to transfer her data from our year old MBP 15" onto the new 'puter. I've tried following the steps outlined here: [URL]. But it never gets beyond Step 4 (where it's trying to see other Macs on the wireless network). We don't have the same revision of the OS (the 15" has 10.5.8 whereas the 13" is a brand-new Snow Leopard), so is this the problem for some reason?

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Jul 5, 2012

I'm having trouble using Migration Assistant to migrate my old iMac PPC G4 with 10.4.11 to my new iMac Intel i5 with 10.6.4. I used the option to use Ethernet or Wireless since the new iMac only accepts Firewire 2.0 and the old Mac is Firewire 1.0.  I connected an Ethernet cable between the computers AND both are connected to the same network. 

Using Migration Assistant on the new Mac, it brings up the screen that it is looking for the other Mac and gives me a passcode to enter when prompted on the old Mac.  Using Migration Assistant on the old Mac, it brings up the screen that is it "Searching for other computers..." and does nothing else. 

On the new Mac, migrate option "From Another Mac".  On the old Mac, migration option "To Another Mac". 

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Sep 3, 2010

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Sep 9, 2010

The MacBook has no firewire port, so to migrate it tells me to use Ethernet. I've done that before without too many problems, so no worry. But this time it tells me to insert the disk that came with the new machine into the old machine and install "DVD or CD Sharing Setup" software. I have inserted both the CDs that came with the new machine into the old, but cannot find anything that gives me that software. There is no "Disc 1."

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Nov 4, 2010

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Dec 18, 2010

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Dec 29, 2010

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Mar 24, 2008

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May 30, 2009

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Sep 29, 2009

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Jan 5, 2010

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Jan 17, 2010

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