How do I transfer my saved data to my old account to my new account?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tbluhp, Dec 2, 2014.

  1. tbluhp macrumors 6502a

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    Is it possible to transfer my user settings, user documents and all user installed apps from one account that is broken to my new account?
     
  2. satcomer, Dec 2, 2014
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    satcomer macrumors 603

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    Are these accounts TS on th same Mac or from one older Mac to newer Mac?

    Plus if it is from one Mac to another new Mac then look at /Applications/Utilities/Migration Assistant.app
     
  3. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Documents is easy. Just copy them to the /Users/Shared folder and they can be accessed from the new account and moved in. Same with applications if they are self contained apps that do not use an installer. User settings can be moved the same way, but the trick is knowing what files to move that contain the settings. They are different for almost every app.
     
  4. tbluhp, Dec 2, 2014
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    tbluhp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    same computer one account is my old account that has issues
    Like this
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1825056

    The other account is the one I want to start using since I do not have the iTunes issue with this.
    Although before I do something that takes time to do I will try reinstall mac os x see if any improvements.

    where would I go if I want to copy the saved templets from os office or iWork's?
     
  5. tbluhp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    EDIT: How do you move the mail and it's settings?
     
  6. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Mail data is stored in these folders. Just triple click to select the path in this massage then right click and reveal in Finder.

    Code:
    ~/Library/Mail
    Code:
    ~/Library/Application Support/Mail
    There is also a mail plist settings file in here.

    Code:
    ~/Library/Preferences
    Even still, I'm not sure if just moving those over will bring the whole account in.

    This kind of falls into those apps I mentioned that have support folders scattered around and it is often not so simple to move things.
     

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