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    Migration Assistant incomplete transfer with Snow Leopard
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    Migration Assistant incomplete transfer with Snow Leopard
    I installed Snow Leopard onto my new 500 GB drive today, and then used migration assistant to move all my files, apps, and settings from the old 200 GB drive to the new one. Everything looks as it if went smoothly. Two and a half hours later, it was finished and I installed the new drive in my macbook pro. When I booted from drive, I found the strangest thing. Everything looked just fine at first, but then I started noticing files, emails, and settings that were missing. After some searching, I found that basically everything from the last 7 days is missing!

    Luckily I haven't yet erased the old drive (last time machine backup was about a week ago too unfortunately).

    Here's my question: if I redo the migration assistant, what are the chances the same thing will happen? Whould it be better to do it manually (although this could get complicated with settings and mailboxes and such)?

    Has anyone else has a similar problem? I've seen problems with migration assistant here, but not like mine.
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    Migration Assistant incomplete transfer with Snow Leopard
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    If your last good Time Machine backup was from a week ago, that would be why you're missing the last 7 days. The data simply wasn't backed up for the last week.

    It sounds like the restore went as it should unless I misunderstood your post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanCT View Post
    If your last good Time Machine backup was from a week ago, that would be why you're missing the last 7 days. The data simply wasn't backed up for the last week.

    It sounds like the restore went as it should unless I misunderstood your post.
    I think he's trying to use migration assistant rather then restore from time machine, but you are right, it does sound like he restored from time machine instead (since migration assistant appears to require a second mac to communicate with rather then just a drive connected to the new system ( Mac OS X 10.5: Using Migration Assistant to transfer files from another Mac ) but I've never done it before so I can't really comment on it intelligently)

    Since you have the old drive, I guess it would be possible to install the old drive, do a time machine backup to get it up to date then restore data / apps from the time machine...
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    Migration Assistant incomplete transfer with Snow Leopard
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nethfel View Post
    Since you have the old drive, I guess it would be possible to install the old drive, do a time machine backup to get it up to date then restore data / apps from the time machine...
    Now I see why this was probably the issue, and your solution would be the easiest. But I decided last night to try instead connecting the old drive through a firewire connection (in an external hd case), and the migration assistance was able to see it as another mac. So the assistant seems to have done things correctly this time.
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