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Random Musings on Apple’s Migration Assistant

Well, this sums up my recent experience with Apple’s Migration Assistant. I just received my new Snow Leopard, 2 x 2.26 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor Mac Pro. It came with 8 gig of RAM, and I immediately added four more 2 gig Kingston chips for a total of 16 gig. The memory was recognized after restarting, and there was a new message indicating all the memory was installed correctly. Sweet, Lightroom should love the extra speed and RAM. Upon setting the machine up, I decided to try the Migration Assistant for the first time. My older Mac Pro was the target to get data and move my software over.

This is where it got really boring. It just worked. I hooked up the firewire 800 cable, rebooted the old Mac Pro to firewire by holding the “T” button, and selected the items I wanted to transfer from a short list. I clicked OK, and wandered off. It sat there and chugged along, transferring everything I had selected down to my browser and network settings. It took about two hours, but that is a huge time saving over installing and setting up a new machine. Normally I would expect to spend two days!

Next, I opened my CS4 upgrade and installed it… it just worked, too. After this install, I dragged the CS3 stuff to the trash to free up that disk space.

I guess, really when you get down to it, that boring can be good. I have a few applications that need updates. I updated to 10.6.1 OS X, and then grabbed the Snow Leopard HP printer drivers… my first print job, a 20-page brochure from InDesign CS4 opened from a CS3 document, printed flawlessly. Next I updated my Epson drivers from the Epson support website for my R2400. The page says in red letters “This file contains everything you need to use your Epson Stylus Photo R2400 with your Macintosh.” Perfect.

So here I sit, less than four hours from putting it together out of the boxes, working on a brand new system with everything from my old system. Now the old system can be re-configured to be a capture station for new images, and hopefully run my now discontinued Epson 4870 scanner. So far, that doesn’t want to work, but that is on the old system. Bottom line? Migration assistant rocks!


3 replies on “Random Musings on Apple’s Migration Assistant”

by any chance are you updating an imac? i am not quite the true believer i used to be. i have had 2 imacs grey my hair unnecessarily and i have vowed to never buy an all-in-one anything ever again from apple- be it an imac, ipod, iphone, ipad etc. they are lovely to look at but when they are bad, they are as bad as any wintel POS i ahve owned in the past.
i now have a 2.66 quad core intel tower and wouldn’t trade it for the world. – madbadcat

Wish it were that pretty. I’m doing exactly the same “upgrade” today. So far, my new machine makes it through most of the transfer, only to hang-up in the final process. I’m on my 2nd attempt now. If it doesn’t work, I’ll do it the old fashioned (2-day) way.

I’m starting to suspect there is something metaphysical about Apple products. All of my true believer friends claim they’ve had nothing but wonderful experiences with their Apple products, even the IS guy who has a pile of G5 PowerPC machines that ruined themselves with leaking heatsinks. Those of us who only use Macs because work requires it, are less fortunate. Or, we admit our Macs are every bit as buggy as the worst Microsquash product and are unhampered by delusions.

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