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Deleting user in Lion taking forever...

12405 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Dec 26, 2011 1:52 PM by Tor Lundgren RSS
Tor Lundgren Level 2 Level 2 (235 points)
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Dec 24, 2011 10:52 AM

I'm cleaning up a computer to pass it along to another family member, and after creating a new account for the new user, I deleted my user account.  I believe I set the option for the user account to be saved as a '.dmg' file – seemed like a good idea, but I don't need to keep the old user account.


Well, this was three days ago, and it is STILL 'Deleting Account'.  No progress indicator, no idea when it will be done.  No obvious way to cancel.


It's still doing something, as the HD is humming, and when I check with Activity Monitor, the disk activity shows lot's of data being written.  It's currently up to about 138GB.  Since there is only about 136GB in use on the whole HD, it does seem like it should be done now...


I'm sort of at a loss here.  Is there some way to cancel?  What happens if I 'force-quit'?  I don't need to keep the old account, so I'm not concerned if it disappears, but I'd rather not scramble anything else important on the system.


Is there any way to get an idea of when it will be done?


Thank you!

MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini, iPhone 4, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,905 points)
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    Dec 24, 2011 12:03 PM (in response to Tor Lundgren)

    Reboot it. If the account still shows up afterwards, delete it again. You might need to run disk repair too. You will likely have to delete that user account manually.

  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)
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    Dec 24, 2011 12:21 PM (in response to Tor Lundgren)

    Deleting an acount may take some time, especially if his / her account has many GBs. I assume you interrupted the process when it began for the first time, and was not completed. My guess is that you should restart, and repeat the process, try to not interrupt it.


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