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Transfer all user settings in profile to new profile - new user name

Posted on 2011-09-08
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Does anyone know of a way to migrate all settings, files, music, photos etc from one user account to a new user account under a different name on the same Mac?  My guess would be to copy the user's entire home folder to an external drive, and drag everything over to the newly names profile piecemeal -  prefs, music, etc..  
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by:strung
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by:EdTechy
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Hi again,
Login as an admin, create the new account, enable root user(Directory Utility. Edit>Enable root user and then login as root. The files in question are located in /Users/username. Copy everything from username 1 folder to username 2 folder.
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by:LTWadmin
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strung: NICE but not what I need right now - thanks.
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This should also work:

1. in terminal:
sudo cp -a /Users/olduser /Users/newuser

2. THEN in System Preferences, make a new account for newuser and, when it prompts you about using the existing newuser folder, say yes.

The terminal command will copy the files with the same owner, group and permissions. Step 2 will create the account and correct the ownership of the files to newuser.
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by:nxnw
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If you use the method in 36506347, it is advisable to disable root user when you are done. It is disabled by default for security reasons.

Using the terminal method avoids enabling root user. I am also unsure about the state of ownership using that method.
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by:LTWadmin
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Thanks to all. Does anyone's solution copy over preference files as far as you know?
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by:EdTechy
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Both my suggestion and nxnw's will copy preferences also,
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by:nxnw
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Not solved?
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by:EdTechy
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Which part is not solved?
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by:nxnw
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Sorry for the confusion. I meant to be asking the author if it is nt solved. It looks to me like it is.
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by:EdTechy
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My fault. I thought the author posted. I didn't look close enough.
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