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by Tom Nelson

Apple has included a Migration Assistant application in OS X since the very early days of the OS. Originally, the app’s main task was to move user data from an existing Mac to a new one. Over time, the Migration Assistant took on new tasks and added new features. It’s now one of the easiest ways to migrate data between Macs, from a PC to a Mac, or even just from your old startup drive, as long as the drive can be mounted somewhere on your network.

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Migration Assistant hasn’t changed much since the OS X Mavericks version, but it has added the ability to copy a user account to a destination Mac even when the user account is already present on the destination Mac. This happens when you follow through the OS X setup utility and create an initial admin account. Most of us create the admin account on the new Mac with the same user name and password we used on our previous Mac.

There are other capabilities and subtleties built into the Migration Assistant; that’s why we’re going to take a look at how to use the OS X Yosemite Migration Assistant to move data between your Macs.

OS X Yosemite Migration Assistant

Migration Assistant hasn’t changed much since the OS X Mavericks version, but it has added the ability to copy a user account to a destination Mac even when the user account is already present on the destination Mac. This happens when you follow through the OS X setup utility and create an initial admin account. Most of us create the admin account on the new Mac with the same user name and password we used on our previous Mac.

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