is there a way to transfer user accounts from one Mac to another?

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  1. seenew macrumors 68000

    seenew

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    I just bought a new iMac, and I was wondering if I could transfer my user account from my old one to the new one. Is this possible? How should I go about it, target disk mode?

    Thanks!

    PS: To "scrub" the old one clean afterward (prepare it for selling), don't I just boot it with the install disks and reinstall the OS that came with it? (Tiger)
     
  2. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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    Time Machine?

    I can provide a much stronger ans for your PS question:

    You insert your install disks and open Disk Utility from menubar|utilities

    Here you select your HDD and click on erase! Use a secure erase option to wipe all data securely and prevent data recovery! A single 0 pass should be good!
     
  3. seenew thread starter macrumors 68000

    seenew

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    Time Machine? Can you elaborate?

    Thanks for the other help!
     
  4. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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    If you backup your while HDD including the system files and user libraries...... TM will be able to create a near perfect replica of your old system!
     
  5. NightGeometry macrumors regular

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    You could just use target disk mode, and the migration assistant, which worked a treat for me on 4 upgrades.

    Can't remember if it also drags in software apps (there are a couple of options), but it was straightforward and did the job. It should be in Applications => Utilities.
     
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