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Creating new user account in OS X, whilst keeping files

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I am having problems with my powerbook running 10.4. I have problems shutting down the machine and putting it to sleep. I want to create a fresh user to clear out my settings and see if this helps, however i don't want to loose any data. How can i create a new user but keep all my files from my old account? I don't have enough space on my HDD to simply copy the files i have around 5gb free and my home directory is 40gb.
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Eoin OSullivan earned 2000 total points
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I STRONGLY recommend you get an external drive or use a DVD to backup your user folder.

In the System Preferences
Accounts pane
Add a new user

You can safely MOVE files from Documents between users .. however iPhoto, iTunes etc .. will not just transfer as the settings files include the path to the users Home folder.

Same goes for Library subfolders such as preferences, application support etc.

So, I'd recommend you create a new user .. see does the Powerbook perform better under the new user .. if it does .. then go about arranging an external drive and backup the current user.

A route I have taken is to backup a current user, add a new user (with admin priviliges) and login as the new user .. then delete the old user .. create a NEW user with the name of the old user .. now login as old user and copy back files and documents .. bit-by-bit
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