How to REBUILD a user

Discussion in 'macOS' started by tivoboy, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. tivoboy macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2005
    So, I seem to have mucked up my migration.

    Moving from an HD to an SSD (older 2008 MBP still on SL 1.6.8. at first, I built the OS on the SSD, and then I transferred from the HD in the system the base user to the SSD, sans a bunch of photos, music, movies, and desktop and downloads (this was the big meat of the files)

    now that I reboot into the SSD, with it not happily installed in the old MBP, I have a DIFFERENT user in there, and ANOTHER user. not really sure what has happened.

    The apps are fine, mail is fine, most things are fine, but I can't really get rid of the others users. (I've gone into preferences to delete them, but one time the system wouldn't even come back up and i WASN'T in the root user.)

    So, what is the best way to PURGE ALL USERS, and get back to a fresh install (without doing another install actually) and just migrating in my old user from the now external HD?

    Is there a way to PURGE, flush, and then re-instal/migrate?
  2. tivoboy thread starter macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2005

    so, here is putting it a different way.

    What if I create ANOTHER user, just an admin account. Then, login with that one, delete the other two accounts that are currently there.

    Then, create a user with my name, login with that one (which will be basically blank) and then just do the migration assistant again? Would that work?
  3. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    You're missing something. Migration Assistant doesn't place the stuff from the other computer/backup in the user account you create. It moves the entire user account, so if you already have a user account on the computer, it'll add the one it's transferring. What that means is leave off the second stuff. Create an admin user for temporary use, delete the other accounts. Run Migration Assistant, log into your new transferred account, delete the temporary admin user, and you're good to go.

  4. tivoboy thread starter macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2005
    good deal

    Good deal, that's where I ended up. Makes total sense and why of course I had an xyz2 account created, where all I wanted was xyz..

    thanks for the confirmation

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