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I have a customer with a new 2013 i5 MacMini running 10.8.3. She wants me to transfer her data from a Power Macintosh G5 2.0 DP running 10.5.8. I downloaded and installed the Migration Assistant Update for Mac OS X Leopard v1.0. When I put the G5 in target mode the hard drive icon shows up on the desktop of the Mini, but Migration Assistant will not mount the drive. When I put the Mini in Target mode, Migration Asst. asks for a numeric PASSCODE. Not a password. You would think this passcode would show up on the Target screen but does not. How do I find this Passcode?

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Hook the machine up via Firewire cable. Start up both machines but do not use the Target Mode key. Start up migration asst. on both machines. Select "From a Mac on one and "To" a Mac on the other. A five digit Passcode will appear on the screens of both machines and they are now ready for data transfer.

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Mayer -

Checkout this Apple TN OS X: About FileVault 2 and MacWorld - Complete Guide to FileVault 2 Are you getting prompted for the Recovery Key? Which is a five digit number.

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It looks like a five digit code but calls it passcode. I think, in the morning, I'll put the hard drive into an Intel MacPro and upgrade the system to 10.6.1, then see if it will work.

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I have a faint memory of it being called "Passcode" in the older version of FileVault, but I'm not sure (never used it, but went to a training even on it years ago). Does she remember using it or some other encryption app on the HD?

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Customer has no memory of ever using FileGuard.

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Hook the machine up via Firewire cable. Start up both machines but do not use the Target Mode key. Start up migration asst. on both machines. Select "From a Mac on one and "To" a Mac on the other. A five digit Passcode will appear on the screens of both machines and they are now ready for data transfer.

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FireWire connected HD's haven't prompted for a passcode with Migration Assistant in the past. I could see that if you used WiFi or Ethernet as you could have other systems present on the network. How odd... Is this a new thing in newer versions of it? I haven't used it in quite a while.

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Dan - It was new to me. After the transfer I will hook them up in Target mode but not use the "T" and see if they now see each other using just the FireWire cable, but I've got a five hour transfer wait.

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