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Question: transfer user from old computer to be a second user on a new computer

I would like to transfer my wife's user account, currently on a MacBook Pro (13 inch, mid 2012), running OS X Yosemite (10.10.5), TO my newer MacBook Pro (Retina, 13 inch, Early 2015), running OS X El Capitan (10.11.6) as a separate user account. I only have one user account on my newer Retina MacBook, and would like to have her as a user on this newer MacBook instead of alone on her old (slow) MacBook. How can I do this?

OS X Yosemite (10.10.4)

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Use Migration Assistant to transfer just her Home folder to your computer. You needn't do more. Be sure you have not created an account for her on your computer. If you have, then delete it before migrating.


How to use Migration Assistant to transfer files from another Mac. If needed read Target Disk Mode for how to hook up the two machines together for the data transfer.


Newer versions of the above: How to use target disk mode to move files between two Mac computers and How to Move your content to a new Mac.

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Mar 14, 2018 11:02 AM in response to Trevor Deck In response to Trevor Deck

Greetings Trevor,


Thanks for coming to the Apple Support Communities and posting your situation. I'd be happy to assist. In order to do this, you'd simply need to migrate the user account only from the older machine to the newer machine using Migration Assistant.


How to move your content to a new Mac - Apple Support


The article I posted above will guide you through Migration Assistant. To make it easier for you to follow, open up the application on both computers and begin the process by following the instructions.


I hope this helps.

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Mar 14, 2018 11:07 AM in response to Trevor Deck In response to Trevor Deck

Use Migration Assistant to transfer just her Home folder to your computer. You needn't do more. Be sure you have not created an account for her on your computer. If you have, then delete it before migrating.


How to use Migration Assistant to transfer files from another Mac. If needed read Target Disk Mode for how to hook up the two machines together for the data transfer.


Newer versions of the above: How to use target disk mode to move files between two Mac computers and How to Move your content to a new Mac.

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