Copying a USER folder from one mac to another?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by pmcdn, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. pmcdn macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2008
    I just got a second iMac. I use Timemachine on my first one and tried to boot up to restore from the backup, but it said I have a different machine, or whatever. So, I decided to try copying the user folder from the first iMac but am wondering if it will even work.

    Is there a way I can do this and create a matching home folder on the new iMac?
  2. larkost macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2007
    Try /Applications/Utilities/Migration Target disk mode is the easiest way of using it.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    There are some workarounds to do this, but it is risky and can be troublesome. Just start Migration Assistant on the new machine and point it to the Time Machine backup disk and do it that way.

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