3 Replies Latest reply: Jan 28, 2014 7:21 AM by Garethmaybury
sprocket12 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I ran out of space on my Mac Mini so I bought the iFixit kit and added a second drive.  This resulted in me putting a 60GB SSD system drive and a faster 7200 RPM 500GB data drive in the mini.  I removed the original 500GB drive and placed it in an external enclosure.

 

After installing Mountain Lion I ran migration assistant.  It shows all the data from the external drive, but everything is checked and it will only migrate to my 60GB OS drive.  Of course this won't work.

 

I made a link to /Users to my second internal data drive but migration assistant still shows a -486.34GB of space needed.

 

So, instead of taking a week to upgrade my App Store purchases and install and configure everything (Mountian Lione Server, Xcode, Microsoft Office, Parallels...) how can I get migration assistant to allow me to just choose specific items to migrate?

 

As a side note, how can I make Mac OS X Mountain Lion use the second internal drive for User accounts *AND* recognize it properly?  My link works but I'm early into this and would rather do it 'right' now then live with frankenmac later.

 

Thank you,

 

-Tim


Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • 1. Re: Mountain Lion re-install has migration assistant options greyed out.  How do I choose only data I want?
    sprocket12 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well, maybe I posted to the wrong forum... 

     

    I went in to speak with a mac genius too.  All I got was, "In all the years I've worked on Macs, I've never seen the migration assistant with greyed out options."  Ok.  I guess I have more experience, I've seen it.  They then suggested I run check permissions on the drive and buy Disk Warrior for $100.  Sorry guys, the drive is fine.  My TM backups are fine.  It's not that.

     

    I went ahead and bought a 1 TB drive.  Even then, the migration assistant choices were greyed out.  I went ahead and created a Fusion drive to take advantage of the SSD (the 1TB is only 5400 RPM).  The directions can be found here.  I then just ignored the greyed out options and brought *all* the data over to the 1.1TB drive.  Everything works fine.

     

    I'm bummed about not getting the apps and O/S pinned to the SSD but I figure if anything is getting used a lot, its where it needs to be.

  • 2. Re: Mountain Lion re-install has migration assistant options greyed out.  How do I choose only data I want?
    DLpres2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Just wanted to chime in, I guess we're the only two people in the world who have experienced this problem. I was upgrading an XServe from 10.6.8 server to 10.8.4 and wanted to only migrate settings and configuration. No dice, all checkboxes in the Setup Assistant and the Migration Assistant were grayed out.

     

    I tried multiple iterations, installing from a USB clone (instead of an internal drive), creating a new user - nothing made any difference. I ended up skipping this procedure altogether and manually migrated what I needed.

     

    I was trying to migrate from a local disk that had the old OS.

  • 3. Re: Mountain Lion re-install has migration assistant options greyed out.  How do I choose only data I want?
    Garethmaybury Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    It is indeed, simply because the Server is installed.  Once the Server app has been removed, options are no longer greyed out in Migration Assistant.  Phew.