Access to old user account data

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Tovewabe, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. Tovewabe macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2011
    Hi, kind of a convoluted question: I bought a new iMac recently and, wanting a fresh start, decided not to migrate the user account from my old MacBook, but instead start fresh. I put lion on it, and manually brought across most of the photos, documents etc I needed.

    Thing is, there's 3 years worth of stuff on the MacBook, some of which I'm certain to need down the track. I upgraded it to lion when it came out but it can't really handle it. I want to put a fresh install of snow leopard on there and get it running properly again, but I'm concerned that I won't be able to access the user data in the old account's time machine backup if that user account no longer exists. Does anyone know If this will be a problem and, if so, what to do about it?
  2. Tovewabe thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2011
    Or to put it another way, can I access data in the time-machine backup of a user account that no longer exists?
  3. Brian33 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 30, 2008
    USA (Virginia)
    Good question. I'd like to know the answer to this, too.

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