3 Replies Latest reply: Mar 6, 2012 2:24 PM by fane_j
MacTexas Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

I bought a new Macbook Pro and my data did not get migrated over from my old Macbook. I now have 2 accts on my new macbook because I tried to migrate my data over after creating a new acct. The 2nd acct has all my data on it! Can I merge the two accts into one?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3), Apple loyal since 1988
  • 1. Re: Merge 2 accounts on Macbook Pro
    ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    No you can't exactly merge, just transfer files between accounts using the root level "Shared" folder (or a external drive or USB) and then change it's user permissions to the other user using Get Info in the Finder and "apply to enclosed items" so all those files get changed to the second user.


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    What you can do, since you just migrated, is leave things alone for awhile to make sure everything is fine, just log into and use the Migrated user account.


    Then later on you can log into the first account (ADmin) and turn the Migrated User to Admin (if it's not one already), log into it and delete the first account.


    That would leave you with one user on the machine. (you could also transfer files to the first account, change the permissions too)


    I say take your time because you might need to log into the first account (Admin) and delete the Migrated user and transfer manually or something else arises.



    I run two users on my machine, one Admin that I don't use (rarely) and the regular user is General User, this way I have extra level of protection.

  • 2. Re: Merge 2 accounts on Macbook Pro
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (117,920 points)

    Do you already have new data in the new account that you want to keep?

  • 3. Re: Merge 2 accounts on Macbook Pro
    fane_j Level 4 Level 4 (3,660 points)

    I wonder if


    $ sudo ditto -V [old_home] [new_home]


    executed from old_home would work?


    The problem is that ditto preserves ownership. In SL, I assume this would be fixable by booting from the Install DVD and using Reset Password utility to reset home directory permissions. I don't know how this is accomplished in Lion.