Oh gosh I'm stupid -- Migration Assistance help!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Ryvius, Nov 2, 2006.

  1. Ryvius macrumors member

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    #1
    I'm so horribly sorry for posting this. I've gone through the search index for migration assistance help but I'm still coming up blank...

    I'm trying to do a quasi-clean transfer. Meaning, I want to reinstall all my old apps (CS2, Office, etc) and not transfer them. At the same time, I want my old Mail back and my sticky notes and stuff.

    However, every time I try Migration assistant and walk it through the four steps, I only seem to get a "migrate all" option which I absolutely do not want. So I've been target copying my old documents and stuff...but I can't figure out how to restore my sticky notes and get my Mail back.

    Anyone have a solution to this problem for a lamebrain like me?
     
  2. Kelmon macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not sure about Stickies, but Mail is stored in ~/Library/Mail so I'd recommend just copying across that folder entirely. Unfortunately I am not sure if the Mail folder also holds your account settings but it seems likely. Ultimately there's one way to find out...

    On looking, I suspect that Stickies is held in a file called ~/Library/StickiesDatabase. Copy that and place it in the ~/Library folder on your new laptop and I expect you are done.

    Anyway, I'm expecting to be doing the same thing as you in a couple of weeks time so I wish you the best of luck. Regardless, the moral of this post is that it's a good idea to be familiar with what is held in the ~/Library folder since it's a dumping ground for settings and preferences, plus sometimes actual data files, for a lot of applications.
     
  3. prostuff1 macrumors 65816

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    I am not at my mac right now but i know for mail you will have to move a couple folders and a plist file.

    The plist file is in the Preferences folder in your home library (i think). The folders you will have to move are in the library home folder also i believe.

    Adn for the stickies just check for stuff in the home library folder and in the preferences folder.
     
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    #4
    Why not just copy your entire ~/Library, or better yet, your entire home directory?
     

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