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When installing the copy of Mac OS X that is shipped with newer machines, the "Mac OS X Setup Assistant" lets you copy your user accounts and installed applications from your old Mac to the new one. Though Apple does not advertise it, this feature also works with cloned systems on external hard disks. This can be useful if you don't own an old Mac and want to install from scratch -- just clone your installation, then re-run the installer on your Mac.

Another cool thing is that it works with both FireWire and USB devices, which Apple doesn't promote either.
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Use Mac OS X Setup Assistant with cloned drives
Authored by: MightyB on Mar 23, '05 10:22:24AM

Does anyone know if Mac OS X Setup Assistant will be included in Tiger??
I'm thinking that I want to do a CLEAN install with Tiger, but then just the assistant to move over my user preferences.

Thanks,

Bri



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Use Mac OS X Setup Assistant with cloned drives
Authored by: swgs on Mar 23, '05 12:27:04PM

yes, the mac os x setup assistant will most certainly be included with Tiger, just as it is currently included with Panther.



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Use Mac OS X Setup Assistant with cloned drives
Authored by: ClassicUser on Mar 23, '05 02:12:07PM
yes, the mac os x setup assistant will most certainly be included with Tiger, just as it is currently included with Panther.
To clarify: The Migration Assistant (the part which prompts you to transfer data from an old user account/computer to your new machine) is not a standard part of Panther's Setup Assistant (the part which prompts you to setup your first administrative account on your new machine). It has been included with the custom load of software included on most recent CPUs, but is not a part of the retail OS box for 10.3. For example, if you had an older computer, and upgraded to Panther via the boxed release, you would not get Migration Assistant.

However, this changes with Tiger. The Migration Assistant is installed with the OS itself, and is a standard part of the Setup Assistant process under the new OS. It can also be run manually, if you missed your chance during Setup Assistant, by launching it from the /Appplications/Utilities area.

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Use Mac OS X Setup Assistant with cloned drives
Authored by: mathias01 on Mar 24, '05 07:42:18AM

Our NetBoot server image was built from 10.3.5 retail disks, and it includes the Setup Assistant. I'd say it's a safe bet the Setup Assistant will be present in retail version of Tiger as well.



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Can Mac OS X Setup Assistant be rerun after install?
Authored by: noel_gomez on Mar 23, '05 11:23:35AM

I have an iBook and a Powerbook and the iBook is my most up to date machine.

If I wanted to, would it be possible to run setup assistant on the Powerbook to get the stuff from the iBook? I dont mind overwriting the PowerBook.



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Can Mac OS X Setup Assistant be rerun after install?
Authored by: chris_on_hints on Mar 23, '05 12:31:58PM

I guess you could - the key is to boot up the 'old' machine (ie the source of the data) in firewire target disk mode and plug it into the 'new' machine.

I would assume that this would work with any machine capable of doing the firewire connection. Oh, and you need to find a copy of the setup assistant, which wasnt installed by my Panther (10.3.2) install CD's.



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Use Mac OS X Setup Assistant with cloned drives
Authored by: kirkmc on Mar 23, '05 12:27:25PM

I wouldn't say that "Apple doesn't advertize it" - the assistant clearly lets you choose another partition: the choices are (if I recall) this Mac, another Mac, and another partition.

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Use Mac OS X Setup Assistant with cloned drives
Authored by: oculos on May 03, '05 01:14:07PM

Er... here I don't see any options to choose partitions to import account data. Am I missing something?



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Use Mac OS X Setup Assistant with cloned drives
Authored by: dayhox on Mar 23, '05 01:57:33PM

This is a great utility, but will not work with some setups, namely mine. I setup machines with the standard Admin account, and personal user (both standard and managed) accounts. My admin account has been moved to the /var directory for obscurity. The Setup Assistant only appears to clone accounts residing in the Users directory. Also any accounts brought over from the "old" machine appear to automatically become Admin accounts, which is a big no no in my enviro. Great for home, and single users though.



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Use Mac OS X Setup Assistant with cloned drives
Authored by: mistersquid on Mar 23, '05 05:49:51PM
OK, I'm going to be just a little harsh and say that this is a terribly written hint. It does not tell me in clear terms what to do after "re-reun[ing] the installer on your Mac". I re-run the installer and then what? And why do I need to re-run the installer? Why can't I just hook up my cloned external hard drive and boot up the machine?

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Use Mac OS X Setup Assistant with cloned drives
Authored by: hamarkus on Mar 23, '05 06:16:48PM

This hint only says that you can use the Setup Assistant to transfer personal settings also with a cloned system on an external drive as the source (and not only the built-in boot drive of a Mac).

If you know what the Setup Assistant is and does (and what a cloned system is), you do not need any further information.
For a piece of software as known as the Setup Assistant, a hint does not have to describe what the software does nor how to use it.

(just being a little bit harsh myself)



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Use Mac OS X Setup Assistant with cloned drives
Authored by: daybrother on Mar 24, '05 04:09:06PM
If you know what the Setup Assistant is and does (and what a cloned system is), you do not need any further information. Here's a hint with comparable instructions: "Many people don't realize you can set Macbugs to step through a trap in a finished application. Try it." All the information you need is right there if you have Macbugs and know what it is used for.

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