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It's easy to jump online and be productive with Mac OS X, but it's also easy to stop there. Many users haven't explored the depth and richness of this powerful operating system and the applications that come with it. In Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Beyond the Basics, Chris Breen helps those who are already comfortable with Mac OS X discover new features in everyday applications like Mail, iCal, and Safari. He also explores the often overlooked "power user" tools, including Terminal, Disk Utility, and Automator, and provides troubleshooting and maintenance tips.
And now it's time for a look at Migration Assistant once again, Utilities, Migration Assistant we launch it. Now hang on a second, you probably would be thinking, "We covered Migration Assistant in the Leopard Essential Training Title why are we back here again", well for this reason helpful as Migration Assistant is for transferring data from your old Mac to a brand new Mac you can use it later on in your Mac's life. For example, you have been running a copy of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger on your computer and you have been thinking about moving to Leopard but only slowly.
You would still like the option use Tiger sometimes and Leopard others, well this is easily done. Simply add a hard drive to your Mac and this could be a FireWire drive for example. Install Leopard on that drive and play with it for a while. When you are then ready to fully commit to Leopard you can copy your old non-Apple applications and data from it, fire up migration assistant and choose your Tiger drive to migrate data from and let me show you how this migration works. You fire up Migration Assistant and you click Continue into your administrator's password and you see you have three options.
The first is very much like what happens when you first install Leopard and you have another Mac. You are offered to transfer data from that other Mac. The second option is you can migrate from a time machine back up or you can migrate from another disk. This is like the example I just sided. You have two disks on your Mac 1 has Leopard on it one has Tiger on it you want to migrate that way and the last option is to another Mac and this is for sending information from your Mac to another Mac. And this is what we are going to do, we are going to choose from another Mac click Continue.
Now we have the option to connect these Macs via FireWire but look at this there is this new option in Leopard and that is we can use a network instead and that's what we are going to try. So I click Use Network. I am presented with the pass code that I must enter on the other Mac. The other Mac must have migration assistant running on it that other Mac you enter this pass code it receives and it says it's preparing information. And it says it's ready to go. I click Continue and at this point it's looking for user's accounts on the other Mac that they can transfer over.
This can take a little while. We are going to speed it up so you don't have to sit through the whole process and there are our accounts. At this point all we have to do is choose which accounts we would like to transfer the data from. I don't need Judy, I don't need Mac but I would like what's in the troubleshooting account and so I leave that Transfer option checked, click Continue and it will present me with the kind of things I can transfer. But I like applications, yes I think I would. If you already have these applications on your Mac it's not going to copy over the duplicate copies so for example I am not going to get yet another copy of iTunes or iCal.
I already have these things. It's smart about what it transfers over. It will then look in that user account for the files and folders and it will give me files and folders from that account and finally library is grayed out because this is information that you are going to get by default. At this point all I would have to do is click Continue and the transfer would occur. This isn't something that you need to see again it's something that may take a long time depending on how much data you are moving over. If that other Mac is a 500 GB hard drive on it and you are asking it to transfer over 400 gigabytes of data on a network and if you are not using gigabyte Ethernet that can take a long time.
So that's another thing you want to think about. If you can physically move these Macs together and do this over FireWire that will be a much faster transfer than if you were to try to do it over something like AirPort, which could be deathly slow. If that's the only option that you have that you have to do it over AirPort start this at the end of the day and go to bed and with luck it will be done in the morning and that is the way that you can use Migration Assistant to move data from other Macs either over network, over FireWire or from another disk that is on your Mac.
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