6 Replies Latest reply: May 4, 2012 9:28 AM by djf17
djf17 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

While using Migration Assistant I inadvertently created a secondary "user account."  My files are split between users.   Any easy way to eliminate the secondary "user"  without losing files?


iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • 1. Re: How do I eliminate a secondary "user" account?
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,795 points)

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    Delete the redundant User account using the Users&Group System Preference panel.

     

    • Click the padlock icon, enter your admin-password, and click the "-" sign.

     

    • Then pick one of the options "Save the home folder in a disk image" or "don't change home folder".

     

    Both options will delete the acoount, but save the user data.

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • 2. Re: How do I eliminate a secondary "user" account?
    djf17 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Can I then merge the home folder with the data on the primary user account?

  • 3. Re: How do I eliminate a secondary "user" account?
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,795 points)

    There is no "merge" command command for accounts; you can copy or move the files from the second accounts home-folder to a subfolder in your home folder.

     

    You need to make yourself the owner of this second home folder.

    And you need to be in an account that has Administrator Privileges for this.

     

    • Open the Users-Folder in the Finder.
    • Select the Home Folder to be moved.
    • Select Get Info (File->Get Info or ⌘-I)
    • In the Info window click the lock in the bottom right hand corner.
    • Enter your password to open the lock.
    • Click the "+" sign at the bottom left of the window.
    • Select yourself in the popup
    • In the gear pulldown select "make (me) owner"
    • Click on the privileges next to your name, select read & write
    • Select "Apply to enclosed items"

     

    Now you should be able to move or copy all items to the corresponding folders in your Home folder.

     

    If you are comfortable with the Terminal, you could change the ownership with the "chown" command instead of using "Get Info".

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • 4. Re: How do I eliminate a secondary "user" account?
    djf17 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks so much!!

  • 5. Re: How do I eliminate a secondary "user" account?
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,795 points)

    You are welcome.

    My pleasure.

     

    Léonie

  • 6. Re: How do I eliminate a secondary "user" account?
    djf17 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello again...One more thing.  In the Applications folder on the Finder sidebar, I see all my software applications, but in the Applications folder in the Home folder it is empty.  Is that normal??

     

    See imageapp_folder.jpg