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Merkaba22 Level 2 Level 2

I have an ailing MBP 13" 2.26 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo w/ 8 gig of RAM, that depsite reinstalls of OSX 10.8.2, using Repair Permissions, etc in Disk Utilities from the installer disk, the Mac is still running irraticaly.

 

As a prior Apple Solutions Expert I find the best way to troubleshoot this is to wipe the drive clean and reinstall the software, etc. prior to replacing the HD altogether.

 

Can the Migration Assistant be used to successfully reinstall the User's Account data, such as for Mail data, etc., from a typical FW backup?  And if so, are there any precautions, tips or techniques I should be aware of before starting, etc.?


MacBook Pro (13-inch Mid 2009), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), 8 GIG RAM
Solved by Csound1 on Jan 29, 2013 10:24 AM Solved

Yes, but don't use Migration Assistant, use Setup Assistant, it's cleaner.

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
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    Desktops

    Yes, but don't use Migration Assistant, use Setup Assistant, it's cleaner.

  • Merkaba22 Level 2 Level 2

    Hey thanks, that's seems like great news.

     

    To be sure, since I am about to whipe this baby clean, haha, Setup Assistant, unlike prior versions, now has the capacity to access a backup to fully configure a clean install from FW rather than another Mac, etc.?

  • Merkaba22 Level 2 Level 2

    Well, I bit the bullet, whiped the drive and did a clean install off a USB Drive -- unfortuately, the Setup Assistant does not see the FW drive and I had no other choice but to skip ahead and establish a temp account -- the install appears fine, did upgrades for Safari and iTunes and the FW drives are visible on the desktop.

     

    However, Migration Assistant, as well as Setup Assistant, fail to recognize the FW drives as well.  Kinda prblematic as it stands -- ideas?

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
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    Well that is a problem, can you connect via USB (does your external have a USB)?

     

    Of course it does, you already said that, can you use the backup drive over USB?

  • Merkaba22 Level 2 Level 2

    The backup is on a FW drive and can be seen in the desktop -- not sue how mounting it via USB will help -- this presents  huge problem -- I need a protocol or workaround, etc ASAP as its my main computer ...

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
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    Merkaba22 wrote:

     

    The backup is on a FW drive and can be seen in the desktop -- not sue how mounting it via USB will help

    Because TM can't access it over Firewire. And you need access to it. I offer advice, what you do with it is up to you.

  • Merkaba22 Level 2 Level 2

    Thanks for the clarification -- I will copy all the files I can to the USB drive I have and see how it goes ....

  • Merkaba22 Level 2 Level 2

    Time Machine does not see the USB drive either ... Jeez, no what?

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
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    Haven't seen this before, manually copying what you need over seems the only option now, long tedious job unfortunately.

  • Merkaba22 Level 2 Level 2

    Yea, yea -- that's what I was trying to avoid -- sooo, can you provide the protocol for all the data and support files for Mail, iTunes, iPhoto, and Safari, so that, I can, at least, do this process efficiently ... please?

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
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    Not sure from a TM backup, the file/folder structure is different, I think that getting TM to use the backup is safer.

  • Merkaba22 Level 2 Level 2

    I don't get it ... None-the-less, I am backing up the data (that neither Migrations Assistant or Setup Assistant would recognize) that's on the USB drive to a second FW disk via Time Machine -- how will that format help me sort this out, what's the protocol for the above apps and settings?

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5
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    You are selecting Other Discs in lieu of Other Computers?

  • Merkaba22 Level 2 Level 2

    Yes, absolutely -- I actually try both options since it seems so odd that I can't get these disks to appear in these two programs while they appear and are usable from the desktop, etc ...

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