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Migration Assistant, now two user accounts

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alittlejumpingbean Calculating status...
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Oct 9, 2011 4:37 AM

Hi, I've just purchased a Macbook Pro.  I've just completed the migration assistant and its transferred all my files, photos and itunes to my macbook but under a different user account to the one my computer was set up with.  Any ideas how I can merge the two (transfer the info over) and delete the second one?

Many thanks, Louise

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  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    A = First user account created on the new machine (Admin)


    B = User account migrated over (account status unknown)



    1: Log into A and make sure B is a Admin user in System Preferences > Accounts


    2: While in A, transfer files via the Users/Shared  folder


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    Programs usually are installed into the Applications folder for all accounts to use, but some have particular settings saved into each user account.


    Best thing is to just use the program again and make new settings which get saved in User B.


    Once you have everything up on A, then delete B from the System Preferences > Accounts.




    Optional: for more security,


    it's best to create a new Admim user while logged into A, lets call it C, and then logging into C and changing A to Standard user from Admin, then using A all the time like normal.


    It's a little more work involved using the computer when your accessing the Applicaitons folder (rarely), and having to manually check for updates, but your computer is much more secure as A is now a Standard User with little "powers" so in case something bad happens it can't do much to your computer (unless you give it your Admin password of course.)



  • Stan in London Calculating status...
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    Sep 4, 2013 4:22 PM (in response to ds store)

    I hope you can help me with a slight twist on this. I have a macbook (source computer) and a new Air (target). I used migration assistant and now have two admin accounts: myname, and myname1. I cannot live with two profiles. I do not know which is the master profile, they both seem to have the same document files. I just made the transfer so one is totally redundant. I hope that both have all my settings etc... so that I can delete one and that is it. If so then I would delate myname1 in favour of myname. If myname1 is the master file that migration assistant sets up then I will delete myname and rename myname1. Does this make sense? How do I know which is the user account that migration assistant created?

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,015 points)
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    Sep 4, 2013 4:24 PM (in response to Stan in London)

    Note you have posted in a complete two year old topic. Please post a new topic of your own in the appropriate forum.

  • Stan in London Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Sep 5, 2013 1:14 AM (in response to Kappy)

    Sorry about this but I cannot find a forum and I don't know how to create a new one. I will have to call Apple Support. I had hoped I could just piggy back on this discussion regardless of age, the question is similar

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,735 points)
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    Sep 5, 2013 1:26 AM (in response to Stan in London)

    Stan in London


    The most recent account (myname1 should be it) will contain the migrated data.




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