Migrating files between Macs with existing users

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by redneon, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. redneon macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2006
    I've just received my new Mac and I'm wanting to transfer my documents etc. from my old Mac to my new one. I'd rather do it manually than use the migration assistant as I have more control that way.

    I've got my two Macs set up side by side and have shared the home directory of my user on the other Mac. Thing is, I've run into a permissions problem. Obviously my old Mac only lets my old user access the files.

    Is there any way to migrate the files between users on two Macs manually without resorting to something like "chmod -R 777 ~" to mass change permissions? Ideally, I'd like to just drag the files across and have them automatically change permissions when they're transferred to my new Mac.
  2. redneon thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2006
    From above:

    "I'd rather do it manually than use the migration assistant..."

  3. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Sorry, but that will involve manually changing a lot of permissions, especially if different users (or names) are involved. I don't know about the specific procedures using Terminal though.

    But one other thing I can think of is using CarbonCopyCloner to clone the User folder from one Mac to the other, just make sure the User folder you want to copy does not already exist there.

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