Users who have just purchased new MacBooks may run into an issue in which the Migration Assistant fails to properly transfer data.
Apple Discussions poster fghia writes:
"I just bought the new aluminum MacBook and I am trying to move my files and settings across from my IMac. I set up the DVD / CD share software on both machines. I tried connecting both via direct Ethernet cable and wireless. Both machines are stuck on 'Preparing Information' for a long time, then i get a "Network Connection Failed" error message on the MacBook."
Being first-run hardware, the new MacBooks have had some glitches that have been addressed by software updates from Apple. Before running Migration Assistant on the new MacBooks directly out of the box, connect them to the Internet and run Software Update. Apple recently released software updates for the new MacBooks as well as for Migration Assistant. The standalone installers for these updates are available here:
It is recommended that users apply the Migration Assistant update to all computers, to ensure they are running the same version of the driver and utility software before transferring data from one Mac to another. Doing so has solved the Migration Assistant issues for users.