If You Want To Migrate From Snow Leopard To Lion Tomorrow, You Need This Update

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Apple has just released a tiny 768kb update to Migration Assistant for Snow Leopard, and if you’re planning on transferring your files and settings from a Snow Leopard Mac to a machine with Lion, you’ll need to grab this, because otherwise you’re out of luck.

According to the update notes:

This update addresses an issue with the Migration Assistant application in Mac OS X Snow Leopard that prevents transfer of your personal data, settings, and compatible applications from a Mac running Mac OS X Snow Leopard to a new Mac running Mac OS X Lion.

Note that you don’t need this update if you just plan on installing Lion atop of Snow Leopard tomorrow: this is only necessary if you’re going to install Lion on one machine, then transfer settings from a Snow Leopard machine through Migration Assistant.

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  • Anna1199

    I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, GrabPenny.com

  • heeloliver

    its on the software update on your mac…..

  • djrobsd

    I wonder if the upgrade to LION will go as smoothly as the iPhoto 11 upgrade did where people lost a ton of their photos?  I think I’ll pass on the initial upgrade and give it a month or two to sort out the kinks, my Snow Leopard is working just fine right now on its own.  

  • rockinrors

    I’ve never updated an OS in all my years, instead just got a new computer with it haha.
    Would installing Lion delete all my Snow Leopard files, settings, etc?

  • Ivonne Spinoza

    Obviously not unless you ask it to do a clean install.

  • Peter Pollack

    I am just getting hacked off with the waiting! I never was a really patient type! :-).

  • Chris Brunner

    You can use this Link to check for Lion:


  • siraju

    For those interested in downloading this update, here is the link:


  • Joel Stamp

    I have a time machine backup of a mac with snow leopard that I made back in June. I want to put it on my new mac with Lion but it won’t have this update. I don’t have the old mac to install this update on and update my time machine backup so what can I do??
    any suggestions please?