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Pablo de Brooklyn Level 1 (0 points)

I set up Migration Assistant to move data between my wife's old MacBook Pro (2010) to a new 15 inch Retina MBP. It's been 21 hours since I started the process, and the time estimate keeps getting bigger. It started by telling me it would take 31 hours, at some points it revised the estimate to 75 hours, and even went up to 108. This morning it is saying 49 hours...
I am using the FW800 to Thunderbolt adaptor that came with the MBP.
I've been through this process before with other Macs, and I never ever experienced such ridiculously long times. I don't think there is more than 200GB of data that I am moving.

 

Is this normal? Should I wait TWO MORE DAYS to be able to use this machine?

Should I cancel and start over? If I stop the process and start it again, will it "credit" the amount of hours and data it has already moved? Is there any chance relaunching the process will speed it up?

 

thanks for any help

 

Pablo
Brooklyn NY

  • borgeano Level 2 (280 points)

    Ouch. Sounds like there might some issue reading from the source, or writing to the destination. I would try to restart the process, since you've given it plenty of time, and unless the old computer had a 4TB drive full of data, that's just not normal.

     

    A couple of questions:

     

    1. Is the old computer still "functional"? (meaning, will it boot normally and all)

    2. Do you happen to have a Time Machine backup of it? If so, you can use Migration Assistant to pull data from that instead of pulling from the computer, just in case there's an issue with the old computer's drive.

  • John Galt Level 8 (46,007 points)

    Hi Pablo,

    Pablo de Brooklyn wrote:

     

    Is this normal? Should I wait TWO MORE DAYS to be able to use this machine?

    Should I cancel and start over? If I stop the process and start it again, will it "credit" the amount of hours and data it has already moved? Is there any chance relaunching the process will speed it up?

     

    No, no, yes, no, and yes.

     

    Be absolutely certain you are not using wireless - turn off AirPort on one or both of your Macs to ensure it will use the FireWire connection. The amount of time you are experiencing is not normal for a "wired" migration.


    Set both computers to "never sleep" using Energy Saver.

  • Pablo de Brooklyn Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks borgeano
    I stopped the machines, selected less options to migrate (no pictures, movies, music) and I am only transferring about 100G of data. It is telling me to wait 29 hours now...

     

    The machine still works but it has been awfully slow, which is the reason we replaced it...

     

    What I really want to transfer is the Applications and settings, i can do the other files manually, so I think I will follow your advise and go from Time Machine.

     

     

    Pablo

  • Pablo de Brooklyn Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks John

     

    I did not turn of wifi, even though I had read this somewhere... My bad.

     

    I was about to try Time Machine as per the other response I got, but I'll try wifi-off first

     

    thanks!!

     

    P

  • Pablo de Brooklyn Level 1 (0 points)

    Interesting, now that Wifi is off it is not finding the other computer connected via FW800 --> THunderbolt...

     

    How to troubleshoot that?

    change cables...

    make sure it is plugged in properly...

    what else....

     

    p

  • Pablo de Brooklyn Level 1 (0 points)

    Also updating OSX... from 10.7.2 to 10.7.5 on old mac as pero "Learn More" in Migration Assistant

     

    Which will take 2 hours....

  • borgeano Level 2 (280 points)

    If you're able to use a Time Machine backup of the old computer as a source for the migration, then do that. The Applications should be in there, as well.

     

    All that you're describing about the old computer point to a failing hard drive, which will explain the behavior when migrating the data. Making any changes to its OS might only make it worse, since there's a chance  the drive might fail completely in the process. When a HD begins to degrade, you need to avoid writing to it as much as possible, using it only to read data from it for backup purposes, if at all possible.

     

    Also, for the transfer to "accidentally" go through WiFi, you need to "accidentally' select the network option in Migration Assistant, and "accidentally" enter the verification code on the old computer... Etc etc. My point being, not likely that the transfer is going through WiFi, or that that is what's causing the problem. My money is on a bad HD on the old computer.

  • Pablo de Brooklyn Level 1 (0 points)

    OK, using Time Machine.

    but...

    When I do this, it takes it's sweet time "calculating" the size of each item (User, Application, Settings, etc.)
    Could it be there is a problem in the new manchine...? It's been at least a couple of minutes since I asked to use TM for the migration, and it is still calculating...

     

     

    still calculating...

     

    could it be a faulty FW800 to Thunderbolt adaptor? It came with the new MBP...

     

    5 minutes to calculate the size of the Applications folder?

     

     

    p

  • Pablo de Brooklyn Level 1 (0 points)

    OK! About 35 minutes remaining!! Time Machine was the way to go.

     

    Not sure if the long computer to computer wait was caused by the wifi connection (sice once I turned wifi off the computers could not find each other) or a faulty hard drive. The verification code showed up on both computers, so there was no "accidental" entry there, borgeano.

     

    But since I want the old MBP to remain in the family, I might as well replace the internal HD.

     

    thanks borgeano, thanks John!!

     

    Pablo

  • borgeano Level 2 (280 points)

    Not abnormal... OS X Takes forever to calculate sizes in general, and with a Time Machine drive there are all kinds of unique hard links to take into consideration (awesomely detailed explanation, if you're interested).

     

    Glad to hear you could get it done, though! Felices fiestas

  • Pablo de Brooklyn Level 1 (0 points)

    Well, no champagne yet. It is now telling me it needs 35 more minutes, although it's already been close to 30 minutes, and we started at...35 minutes... It seems in this world time can go either way!

     

    Part of the issue is that the computer goes to sleep. Too late to do anything about it now, I think. If I have to re-start the process (noooo!) I will disable this feature.

     

    Felicidades para vos (sos argentino, borgeano?)
    Pablo

  • borgeano Level 2 (280 points)

    Si! Vos también, no? No somos tantos en este sitio..

     

    Anduvo al final eso o no?

  • Pablo de Brooklyn Level 1 (0 points)

    Si, anduvo, con el Time Machine. Ahora estoy con otra compu, una G4 Dual que le quiero dejar a mi hijo adolescente, pero a esta altura es una maquina vieja!

    gracias, un abrazo
    Pablo

  • borgeano Level 2 (280 points)

    Buenísimo! Cualquier cosa, mi email es mi nombre de usuario acá, [arroba] gmail

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