Restoring backed up Home folder

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by BigDawgES, Sep 8, 2004.

  1. BigDawgES macrumors member


    Mar 31, 2003
    System was acting odd, beachball spinning for 3 minutes when clicking "get info" for any folder, freezing after running Coctail,

    So I backed up my home folder using the unix utility "PsyncX" (to preserve permissions and such) and did a fresh install.

    Now, I'm having a hellish time getting my entire user folder back into the new system.

    Any tips to do it? And any tips on how to do this backup/restore process better in the future?

    Thanks a bunch, all.
  2. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    I think the key is to use the same short user name as before. That solves a lot of problems. There's a knowledgebase article that goes into greater detail, but I'm not sure you need to go to quite these lengths.

    If you're still having trouble, try creating a new user with the IDENTICAL account name as before, then deleting the old one and following the instructions in the kbase article.

    EDIT: you probably don't want to restore most of your libraries--these may have been what was leading to problems before.
  3. BigDawgES thread starter macrumors member


    Mar 31, 2003
    Thank you

    Thank you very much for your input--I think it's going to work.

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