5 Replies Latest reply: Apr 4, 2010 2:15 PM by Király
ArisaemaDracontium Level 1 (0 points)
I have two user accounts I would like to merge into one. What would be the easiest way to go about doing this? I am mostly concerned about moving files, including preferences files, handling the mail accounts and browers bookmarks shouldn't be too troublesome for me.


blackBook, Mac OS X (10.6.1), 2.4GHz, 4GB RAM, 240GB HD and a 20" Apple monitor; iPhone 3GS, 30GB
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (103,365 points)

    Can't be done. Preference files/ mail accounts / browser bookmarks are dedicated to one user account only.

  • ArisaemaDracontium Level 1 (0 points)
    OK, forget the preferences. What is the easiest way to move my files?
  • kevinhodge Level 1 (0 points)
    First, log in to your computer as the root user (http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Mac/10.5/en/11778.html).

    Then open the home folder of the second account, and move the files you need into the home folder of the first account. Hold command when you drag the files so that you will move the files, and not copy them.

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  • baltwo Level 9 (62,215 points)
    Put the files into the other account's /Library/Public/DropBox/. That will move them to there so you can have access. There's no reason to enable the root user account.
  • Király Level 6 (9,745 points)
    My favourite way to move files from Account A to Account B:

    1) Log in to the A account.
    2) Locate all the files you want to move. Move them to /Users/A/Public. Note: Don't move any System-created top-level folders, like Documents, Pictures, Music, Movies, etc. Just move their contents.
    3) Log in to the B account.
    4) Navigate with Finder to /Users/A/Public. Drag the files to the Desktop. This will make new copies of them that will have the correct permissions for User B.
    5) Put the new copies of the files away in the appropriate places in B's home folder.
    6) Delete the A user account if it is no longer needed.

    Doing it this way will ensure that there are no permissions headaches with the files after they are moved.

    Also, make sure that you BACK UP all of your data before starting.