5 Replies Latest reply: Aug 21, 2012 10:48 AM by baltwo
Bob_Douglas Level 1 (0 points)

Can I use Migration assistant to migrate selected data such as my Music/iTunes acct, Photo's and documents to a New User account in Lion?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • MadisonP Level 5 (4,765 points)



    Migration assistant does migration between computers / Time Machine backups.  Not between users.



    - What is your goal?  What are you trying to accomplish and why (we can offer more helpful suggestions)?


    (If you are just trying to move files between two user accounts see this post: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2073081?start=0&tstart=0)



  • Leopoldnak Level 1 (0 points)

    well, I would like to do exactly the same with a 800GB user account which was gradually upgraded after having been created under 10.1 and now in 10.8. Over the different migration steps it seems that some permission issues have accumulated (see e.g. deny file-write-create errors in console log file). It is all sitting on a 1TB drive - thus I cannot just copy it somewhere twice. Any solution?

  • baltwo Level 9 (62,215 points)

    See Pondini's Transferring files from one User Account to another.


    BTW, FWIW, my OS came from OS9 through Jaguar to ML and I don't have your issues. I've never done, nor do I intend to do, the so-called clean install.

  • Leopoldnak Level 1 (0 points)

    well, this does not work for me since there is not enough space for the required "copying" (quote from there:

    "Copy (don't move) the desired files or folders you wish to the Shared folder, by selecting them and pressing Cmd+C (or selecting Edit > Copy from the menubar);  then selecting the second Finder window for the Shared folder and pressing Cmd+V (or selecting Edit > Paste from the menubar). You may be asked to enter your administrator password when copying certain items."


    Is there a simple way to not repair but just check the permissions of the files in the home folder?

  • baltwo Level 9 (62,215 points)

    Then, clean up your HD and make room. This, in the Terminal app will reveal all at the first level:


    ls -al ~/*


    If you want to go down another level, just add another /* to it, etc.:


    ls -al ~/*/*