As a few who’ve migrated (it’s uncommon) and googled transferring files to support applications know, there’s a bug in Migration Assistant in Leopard. If spotlight is on, it’ll get stuck right there VERY commonly. Most posts are forum posts and a few said they had to reformat and reinstall and re migrate, never being successful. The tip to turn off spotlight works, what I did is I added the external firewire drive (the other mac in target disk mode) and the local disk to the spotlight ‘ignore’ folder. And I killed Spotlight (it restarted) and mdworker, but I don’t know if that changed anything. But pretty quickly it moved to the next step, after being stuck for hours on Transferring files to support Applications.
Transferring Files to support Applications January 7, 2008