Transferring system prefs to another drive

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by StevnJ9971, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. StevnJ9971 macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2008
    Hey all,

    I just got a portable hard drive to use for backups. I've installed OS X on the drive so I can boot from it, but I've run into a problem.
    I want to copy all my system preferences from my HD to the portable, and I'm sure the files are all in the library, I just don't know where.

    Anyone know how to go about doing this?
  2. TDM21 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2004
    What preferences are you wanting to transfer? Some are user specific while the others are system wide. Most are saved in the Preferences folder in the Library folder. Both your user account and the systems root directory has a Library folder.
  3. StevnJ9971 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2008
    Everything. I want my portable HD to match the same prefs I have set on my regular hard drive. Basically all the settings in "system preferences."
  4. grandmachar2002 macrumors member


    May 17, 2008
  5. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    Yeah, just image your drive and install it on the external drive.
  6. StevnJ9971 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2008
    I got it. I copied and pasted the "preferences" folder in my system and user libraries to the new drive. Thanks everyone!

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