Archiving a user directory to a non-boot drive

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  1. often-befuddled macrumors member

    often-befuddled

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    tl,dr: I want to archive off a User directory, but given its size, it must go to a mounted drive.

    I have a damaged user directory, one encrypted with Filevault. I've not found any tools to work on it.
    I want to archive it off for in hopes of a future recovery. But the Accounts function of SysPref only gives the option of writing the archives to /Users/ where there is a distinct lack of room.

    1. Is there any way for the utility to Get a Clue ® & write to another volume?
    2. I used cp -a to make a copy, but I have no idea what nefarious nonsense Apple used in Filevault, and don't know if this is sufficient.
    Suggestions?
     
  2. JohnDS macrumors 65816

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    Can't you just drag and drop the /Users/Username folder to the external drive using Finder?

    You could also try Carbon Copy Cloner: http://www.bombich.com
     
  3. hobowankenobi macrumors 6502

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    Good third party tools can clone/copy anything anywhere....assuming the drive is decrypted.

    Or you can clone the entire OS to another drive. Good tools will do this for you and most are smart enough to skip unreadable files and continue on. Assuming the drive is decrypted. Why not just turn off file vault before proceeding?
     
  4. often-befuddled thread starter macrumors member

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    As I said at the top, the **&%*& Filevault broke itself and will not open. THAT is why I want to move it intact to other storage, in hopes someone else can fix it.
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    OP wrote:
    "As I said at the top, the **&%*& Filevault broke itself and will not open. THAT is why I want to move it intact to other storage, in hopes someone else can fix it."

    Without the password, you aren't likely to get to it.

    Personal comment:
    This is why I NEVER use FileVault (one exception: I use it on a backup I keep in the car). Too much danger of locking YOURSELF out of your own stuff!
     
  6. often-befuddled thread starter macrumors member

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    I have the password; the Filevault damaged itself somehow on a close.
     
  7. hobowankenobi macrumors 6502

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    Sorry, if the issue is FileVault....I have no experience with troubleshooting it. It was not clear to me in the OP.

    This is the best source I am aware of. Good luck.
     

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