4 Replies Latest reply: Aug 8, 2012 7:50 PM by Daniel Quinones
annieg88 Level 1 (0 points)

I just started a migration from my old macbook pro to my new one thru wireless.  It says it will take over 19 hours to transfer, is there any way to interrupt the migration and start over with firewire?  I don't think my old mac will hold up that long. 

MacBook Pro
  • John Galt Level 8 (45,936 points)

    If you do, it will result in a partial migration with incomplete files with the potential for all sorts of headaches regarding permissions and corrupted system files. If you decide to interrupt the migration, it would be best to erase the entire disk and reinstall OS X. Then perform the migration again.


    Consider using Setup Assistant, otherwise you will need to create a redundant account.

  • annieg88 Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks for the quick response, I think I'll just try and wait it out

  • petermac87 Level 5 (7,355 points)

    annieg88 wrote:


    thanks for the quick response, I think I'll just try and wait it out

    Often in Mac migration, it can be migrating a large file and give a false 'time remaining' calculation. This can fall quite rapidly at times. I have seen copy times drop from 20 hours to 30 minutes in the space of 5 minutes. It has never been a true indication of time, so don't panic too much. If you interupt it and do a full erase and reinstall, then you will be spending a bit of time at the Mac anyway. By advice, go to the pub and let it go. lol





  • Daniel Quinones Level 1 (5 points)

    I actually had this issue today.  I accidentally tried migrating from my MacBook to my MacBook Pro.  I quit Migration Assistant on both and the Pro just returned to the setup screens.  I was able to migrate via USB (by putting the HD from the MacBook in an enclosure) and all seems to be well now.