4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 25, 2008 7:36 AM by Ron Fink
Ron Fink Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I just began moving my wife's user information from her one year old iMac to her new Macbook Pro using Migration Assistant over a wireless connection. Although I knew it would be slower than a hard-wired connection, I had no idea it would take 7+ hours to transfer her information.

The firewire cable I have fits the iMac but not the new MacBook Pro. I have a hardwired cat-5 network I can use if there is a way to stop the Migration Assistant without messing everything up. Is it possible to stop the process in mid transfer and start again using a different (faster) connection? Or should I just let it go and check to see if it completed in the morning?

Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.5), Moving user information from one year old iMac
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,130 points)
    Ron Fink wrote:
    I just began moving my wife's user information from her one year old iMac to her new Macbook Pro using Migration Assistant over a wireless connection. Although I knew it would be slower than a hard-wired connection, I had no idea it would take 7+ hours to transfer her information.

    The firewire cable I have fits the iMac but not the new MacBook Pro. I have a hardwired cat-5 network I can use if there is a way to stop the Migration Assistant without messing everything up. Is it possible to stop the process in mid transfer and start again using a different (faster) connection?

    that would very likely be a mess. what you can always do is stop the transfer and reinstall the OS on the new computer using erase and and install. after that's done rerun Migration assistant using wired connection.
  • Ron Fink Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the quick response, V.K. I agree with your concern. Stopping it would possibly mess up the new install on the laptop.

    I think I will just kick back with a good movie for the evening and check progress in the morning. If it completes okay, we'll just go from there. If it doesn't, I'll drop the connection, reinstall the OS on the new MacBook Pro and initiate the transfer using the hard wired Ethernet. I'll post my final outcome when everything finishes.
  • Ron Fink Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Stalled at 49 minutes. Would not proceed. I force quit the iMac's Migration Assistant and then hard booted the MBpro. Reconnected the two using a cat 5 cable. The MBPro launched install and when Migration Assistant came up I selected ethernet option using cat5. I relaunched Migration Assist on iMac and entered the required numbers. The MBPro said it found an interrupted migration... would I like to continue. I said yes.

    It completed the migration of information in about five minutes. So all looked good at that point. Unfortunately, it stalled again when it asked for an Apple ID and password. I entered both, but the options to continue or go back are not available (grayed out). I can select Learn More, but that doesn't offer anything other than text explanations.

    So I swallowed hard and rebooted again. It launched the install process again. I chose to skip the migration assistant when asked (I'd already moved the user information previously), and I took it to a desk where I could plug in a cat5 connection directly to it that had internet access. This time it took the log in information and confirmed all the information on the apple web site for my wife's userid. It passed to the end of the install process. The only unusual thing is that my wife now has a userid/name for this MBPro as an admin AND her original userid/name from the iMac as an additional user. One with her first name only and the other with her whole name. It seems to be okay. I can just set it up to go to her other name from the iMac as default and keep the one set up with the install as her admin/back up name.

    So all is well. It completed the migration/set up with all the issues resolved. Rebooting midstream did not create a problem after all. I did not have to reinstall the OS. I am very relieved. My wife thinks I'm a hero. I can live with that.
  • Ron Fink Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am not sure what caused the final stall at 49 minutes, but my initial concerns about having to restart a migration assistant install midstream between a one year old iMac and a new unibody MBPro were unfounded. After restarting the process and changing the connection from wireless to a wired cat5 cable between the two macs, the process picked right back up and continued. It stalled a second time but again, once rebooted, it completed. All seems to be on track now. We are fine tuning the install but almost everything is working fine. Unless you have incredible patience, make the transition using a hard wired solution. Wireless has it's risks.