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Setting up my new Mac with 2 iCloud accounts?

626 Views 14 Replies Latest reply: Jun 27, 2013 5:34 PM by belso RSS
belso Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 24, 2013 5:15 AM



i'm about to turn on my brand new Mac.


I have 2 iCloud accounts:

1. my MAIN account:

2. the account I use ONLY for purchases and updates on the MAS:


Which account should I enter first?


After that I'll use "data migration" when proposed by Mac OS X.

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (29,020 points)
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    Jun 24, 2013 5:25 AM (in response to belso)

    I would setup the MAIN account first, and enter that account in the Mail setup also...set mail to gather all mail accounts so you don't have to click through multiple mail accounts.  And setup your Apple ID accordingly if that is what you use with the iCloud account.


    Then setup the second account, but, unless you receive mail and notifications from there, don't set that up in Mail.  If you do receive notifications and invoices, then I would set it up in Mail also.  That is really up to you and how much traffic you want to see.

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (29,020 points)
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    Jun 24, 2013 6:09 AM (in response to belso)

    You can do that, and to be sure things are setup right, read through as it tells you how to setup and switch between multiple iCloud accounts.

  • Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (14,000 points)
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    Jun 24, 2013 9:02 AM (in response to belso)

    You and Ralph seem to be understanding each other.


    You can't merge the accounts, so that isn't a problem. Reference your first paragraph, if you receive invoices at blabla......, you'll need to add that to your email program.

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (29,020 points)
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    Jun 24, 2013 4:21 PM (in response to belso)

    Sounds like you have the system well under control...that is the most important thing and what we are all here for, to help each other.


    The second issue...there may be differences due to operating system software on the two machines along with how the drive space has been allocated.  SSDs don't work exactly the same way as hard drives, space that has been used is not released back for reuse right away as in a hard drive that has had material deleted.  Historically, though not an issue today, SSDs did not as cleanly remove content and had a tendency to end up with unusable sectors when they were rewritten.  So manufacturers and operating system designers started to continuously write to fresh space instead of to deleted space.  Creates some confusion as to true free space until one starts going back over used sectors.  Not sure exactly what you are seeing when you talk about content sizes but that could be part of the differences.

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (29,020 points)
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    Jun 25, 2013 3:37 PM (in response to belso)

    Sorry this took a while but it has been a busy day and I didn't have much time for my own interests.


    Would I believe Mac OS X or another utility?  I hae never used either of those utilities so am not in a position to honestly rate them...but that said, disk utilites sometimes use different algorithms for measuring the storage capacity, measure in terms of sectors, or blocks and can end up with differences in their reporting.  If they measure in blocks, and assume a block is used entirely even if only a few sectors are, then they will report a higher quantitiy used and lower available than a utility that bases it measurements on sectors.  So the thing to do is look at Mac OS X and the third-party utilities and see how they measure and report usage.


    It really doesn't matter right or wrong, the operating system controls the writing to the storage so it will use the sectors available whether the utiltity says they are or not.  Does that make sense?  I will have to take a look at them later tonight and see how they work but that is my guess right now.


    Your other questions: a simple reboot and use of Disk Utility will disclose the Recovery Hard Drive - DU will never see that.  The only way to see it is to reboot and hold the Option key while booting.  That will result in a grey screen with the boot volumes shown.  You should see Macintosh HD and Recovery HD.  You can then click on one of those and an arrow will appear under it and then click the arrow to boot to that partition.


    I would not do a clean install at this the new Mac OS X terminology that is an erase and have to be booted to the Recovery HD, have a solid internet connection, then open DU and choose the Macintosh HD and erase it, when done quit DU and then choose Reinstall Mac OS X...that will then download the bare bones Recovery HD again, restart and then proceed to download the Mac OS X installer, build and install and reboot again.  That installer download is big, 4.5 GB so even over a high speed line will take at least half an hour.


    I would not do that right now and work with the system for a while.

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,550 points)
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    Jun 25, 2013 4:49 PM (in response to belso)

    It doesn't make sense for a Mini, but since you migrated from a MBA, it might have brought over the "local snapshots." On a portable, Time Machine makes local backups on the drive and will give up the space if needed. The Finder will not report that space as used, while other utilities will.


    But, I don't know why Migration Assistant would bring them over.

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,550 points)
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    Jun 25, 2013 6:28 PM (in response to belso)

    Take a look at this article by Pondini. You should skip down to the bottom and see if they actually exist.


    As I stated, I'm not sure why they would have been brought over, but if they were, you should see them following the information on his site.


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