Apple Migration Assistant Tips

Apple offers a useful utility to transfer files from one machine to another — Migration Assistant. However, its pretty easy to make some bad choices that can make the process painful. Here are some do's and don'ts.

  • Do repair permissions with Disk Utility on the machine you are going to be copying from.
  • Do run Software Update on the source Mac to confirm that the latest updates are installed.
  • Don't try to run Migration Assistant over a WIFI network. (23 hours versus 2.5).
  • Do connect the two machines together directly with an Ethernet cable.
  • Don't run the Migration Assistant directly from the setup cycle when you boot a new machine for the first time.
  • Do complete the new machine setup and then launch Migration Assistant from the utilities folder on both Macs.
  • Do disable sleep on both computers using the Energy Saver control panel