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10.7: Migrating Time Machine data to Lion
Authored by: dwb45133 on Oct 07, '11 02:37:47PM

Apple actually has two different names for Migration Assistant depending upon where it is used. When the user installs or reinstalls the Mac OS, or when he buys a new computer, he has the opportunity to use the Setup Assistant - which is really the MA. This opportunity comes before the user is prompted to create a new account so the Setup Assistant creates the user account(s) available on the TimeMachine drive or other source drive. When the user runs MA after his user account has been created, if the computer account matches that of the account being migrated, the user will be prompted to create a new name for the account being migrated.

Apple clearly intends the user of a new or upgraded computer to use the Setup Assistant to migrate user account(s) while the Migration Assistant is more useful for adding a new user to an existing computer. It would be ideal for helping a significant other move his/her account from a notebook onto a shared desktop computer for example.



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