Skip navigation

HT4413: Mac OS X v10.6: How to use Migration Assistant to transfer files from another Mac

Learn about Mac OS X v10.6: How to use Migration Assistant to transfer files from another Mac

HT4413 "less than a minute remaining" migration assistant

3774 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Apr 13, 2014 7:29 PM by sergiyz RSS
cassiodorus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Currently Being Moderated
May 21, 2013 4:47 AM

What do you do when migration assistant hangs up at "less than a minute remaining"?

MacBook Air
  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,880 points)

    For how long has it been stuck at 1 minute remaining? If it becomes clear it's not going to finish, your only option is to do a hard shutdown by holding in the power button of the target computer until it shuts down. After that, I would go back to the source computer and run Disk Utiity Permissions Repair from a Safe Boot--Shift at the startup chime--expect a much longer time to boot. The Safe Boot will check and if necessary repair the drive directory and also clear some caches.


    Then boot back normally on the source and go to Sys Prefs>Energy Saver and make sure everything except display sleep is set to never, and also uncheck Put the hard disks to sleep when possible, if it's checked.


    If that doesn't help, then there might be a corrupt file somewhere that's hanging the transfer and probably your only option if that's the case, is to bring things over manually.


    What were you bringing over? Did you select everything?


    Don't know if it will be necessary to erase and reformat the drive on the target computer before trying again. Might not hurt to do that now, but perhaps someone else can advise.


    Also, was this the first boot of the new Mac, if a new Mac is involved?


    Message was edited by: WZZZ

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,880 points)

    Also, if this was the first boot a new Mac and you were using Setup Assistant (many call it Migration Assistant), which only appears on the first boot, see this article by Pondini about how to get a second chance at that, as well as general information about transferring.


  • sergiyz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The timing calculation is widely inaccurate.

    I'm tranferring about a TB of data from my old desktop, and it's been stuck in "less than a minute left" for hours now.

    Luckily if you've enabled remote access (ssh) you can login and run nettop to see what's going on.

    The counters are persistent per session so you can see total bytes transferred over the entire session.

    Apparently it has done about 400GB in 18 hours or so and it keeps sending data.

    Now I know it's gonna take at least that long to transfer the remaining data.

    This is 1G ethernet connection, both desktops connected to the same switch (apple air express).

    There's a lot of small files that is not helping either.

    It would probably do better with an archive.


More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)


  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.