Setup for new Mac

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by steve-not-jobs, Aug 25, 2004.

  1. steve-not-jobs macrumors newbie

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    I need to update my old CRT iMac and so assuming the new iMac is available in the next few weeks I will be upgrading.
    The question is what is the best user set-up for home use - mainly web, email, iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie and a bit of photo editing and "Office"? I was thinking of 4 users;
    Admin (just me) - to control the main system,
    Me & my wife - all our day to day, Tunes, Photos etc
    Kids
    Guest
    Is there value in having a seperate Admin user?
    Should I partition the disc to split out the OS (and app's)?
    What's the best way you guys have found to set-up?
    Thanks.
     
  2. windowsblowsass macrumors 6502a

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    the point in having aseperate admin account is so you cant mess up the admin account day to day ndyou wont do things you shouldnt. i wouldnt partition just for multiple users
     
  3. emw macrumors G4

    emw

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    This sounds like a fairly reasonable user setup. Remember to take advantage of setting up user limitation is the System Preferences for Accounts - you can go so far as to restrict applications your kids can use, as an example.

    As for partitioning the HD - I'd have one partition for both the OS and the Apps; multiple partitions isn't that valuable for the applications you're running.
     
  4. seamuskrat macrumors 6502a

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    You are on the right track. make a second admin account and call it Troubleshoot or something. Leave it pristine. Use this to trouble shoot the OS. That way if 5 months down the road you have issues, you can log in and see if its a user thing or OS wide.
    As for partitioning, there is no technical benefit for this anymore. In fact, many OS X apps insist on being on the boot drive, so ultimately you could end up with a bloated boot drive and tons of space. I have an external drive for backups and documents.

    If you want to limit the damage kids can do you can set those permissions in the SystemPref under Accounts. Its a nice feature.

     
  5. steve-not-jobs thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the advice - one other quick question - can I store photos and tunes under say admin and have other users access them through some kind of shortcut?
    Now just waiting to see what comes next week :)
     
  6. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    No, you can't. The point of having user accounts is to prevent other users from having access to them. If you want everyone to have access, create a folder in the root directory (actually, now that I reread your question, this may have been what you were asking. Yes, that is how you do it).

    Personally I don't have a separate admin account--just an extra burden. If I need to troubleshoot, I can always create a separate admin account later, and it's a pain to have a bunch of different passwords for day-to-day use. I do have separate accounts for the kids, though.
     
  7. ChrisFromCanada macrumors 65816

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    Well you could always put anything you want to share in the shared folder. Its located in Users/Shared
     

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