What files are moved when migrating from old Mac to new Mac?

When I started up the Tiger installation on my new Mac, there was an option to move files from old Mac to new Mac. Which files and/or directories are moved if I choose this option? Are folders that I created in the root dir (/) moved? Or not?

Please list ALL the directories that are moved.
Gary_KingAsked:
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icemanwolCommented:
Read this thread....
http://www.macworld.com/forums/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=UBB13&Number=331949&page=3&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=&fpart=1

My guess would be all your settings, anything in the APPLICATIONS directory, and anything in your HOME directory and any files from APPLE applications

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Gary_KingAuthor Commented:
So none of my root dir (/) folders? I would have to move those manually?
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strider1972Commented:
I believe that, No, things in your root directory will not be moved.

One thing about OS X is that it likes things to be in certain places:  Applications in the "Applications" folder, Documents in a user or shared "Documents" folder, and so forth.  Users are expected to use their User directory.

Of course, I would think that it would not be difficult to grab extraneous root folders and transfer them manually.  If you're dealing with invisible folders, use an app such as Cocktail or TinkerTool to make those visible in Finder.

Hope that helps.
Gary_KingAuthor Commented:
Okay thanks, it was helpful.

BUT, I'm asking because I would rather just have OS X move all my stuff for me, and therefore I won't put stuff in root, since I would have to remember moving things, and I am too afraid to forget to move something.
strider1972Commented:
I've helped a number of people upgrade from OS 9 to OS X, and they pretty much ALL have trouble wrapping their heads around the idea that they shouldn't just dump things wherever they want to.  There are a ton of little things that the OS can respond to if files are in their proper folders, such as screen savers finding your personal photos if they are located in your Pictures folder -- lots of things like that that you wouldn't think of, but end up saying, "Oh, that's kinda neat...."

Keeping things in their proper folders does make things easier once you get in the habit (Another good example is backups -- all the truly irreplaceable data is in your home folder, while apps and such can always be re-installed from disks and such).

Glad to be of service.  ;)
Gary_KingAuthor Commented:
So I should keep ALL my newly created folders in my User directory? Since that, and the /Applications folder, seem to be the only ones moved.

For instance, my personal website, should be in my user folder?
strider1972Commented:
Yes.  In theory, anything particular to you should be in your User directory somewhere.  Some applications break this rule (and annoy me, frankly) such as AOL, which dumps a bunch of user files in /Users/Shared/

Various folders should have been set up when you created the User.

You personal website, for example, is intended to go in /Users/username/Sites/ (which FYI also can be written as "~/Sites/" ).  This would be accessed via "http://youripaddress/~username/"

This is of course working off the assumption of a multi-user computer, which commonly is not the case.  A small change in an Apache config file can point "http://youripaddress/" straight to ~/Sites/ if you want it to.

About the libraries: anything installed in /Library/ is available to all users, while anything in ~/Library/ is only available to you.  The /Library/ and ~/Library/ directories include a lot of Application data and "plugins", such as screensavers and such, as well as (the important bit...) application preferences.  This means that (again, in theory) backing up your entire User directory, or moving it to another computer, should backup (or move) all your data *and* application settings.
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