Question Migration Assistant iMac to Mac Mini

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  1. MSW

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    Being trying for about 3 days to transfer everything from an iMac to a Mac mini in migration assistant it, it just does not work.

    MA just continually looks for both computers have tried

    WiFi
    Ethernet
    Direct Ethernet connection
    All os updated
    File sharing on
    Ensuring the iMac has a name
    Putting them right next to each other

    Gave up last night and will, reluctantly keep the iMac as I just can’t transfer the files.

    However, just thought I would ask on here

    Thanks if anyone has any ideas

    Cheers
    Mark
     
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    @MacrosTheBlack sorry for tagging you but you’ve been really helpful historically, any tips here?
     
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    You could boot the iMac in target mode, as I believe it's called, and then copy files to the Mini, or perhaps use regular network shares. Make sure that both Macs are running the same version of MacOS, as that may be an issue, and make sure that they're on the same network. Ethernet will be a lot better than wi-fi here.

    I've used migration assistant in the past, but now prefer to leave old settings and apps behind, installing afresh on the new box. Providing that you have all of your files on the iMac in one place, usually your home directory, copying using Finder via the Mini and an AFP share connection should work, then install any apps that you need, then finally tweak any specific settings. If the Macs can't 'see' each other via your home network, then nothing will work. Perhaps that's the issue?

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  4. MSW

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    Thank you Clem for posting

    I had read about target disc option but was somewhat “frightened” by this option as it was all alien to me

    I think AFB (not found this option before) maybe one for me as I noticed something g about AFB and SMB when messing system setting and I think I had to use AFN for my Sonos gear

    Once again, thanks for the reply
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    Are both mac's running the same version of MacOS (OS X)?

    If you've got access to a spare external drive you could try a Time Machine backup on the iMac and then restore the files you require on the Mac Mini using Migration Assistant.

    How to move your content to a new Mac
     
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    All sorted now -we’ll transfer is ongoing via target mode

    Thanks a lot
     
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    Well finally all done - but not really.

    The only reason I actually wanted to do the migration was so as not to lose over a 1000 pictures the Mrs has on the iMac that she never views.

    For some reason as the old photos have not copied over,

    when I open up “photos” there is nothing there
    when I try to import photos it say not compatible as photos are in iPhoto
    On the iMac, I then opened photos and it started doing something which presented all the photos as the should be in “photos”
    Using file sharing i tonight let’s import photos on the Mac mini via the iMac, but it still comes up with can’t import

    No worries as it looks like I’ll just keep them imac but, anyone any ideas how to transfer the iPhotos fro. iMac to photos on Mac mini
     
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    Use an external hard drive or USB stick with suitable capacity, copy and restore using Finder. You'd need to recreate your iPhoto library on the Mini using the same source pictures that you used on the iMac.

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    Thanks very much and a really good idea, have ordered USB stick today

    Appreciate the response

    MARK
     

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