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    Noob Question
    Sorry if this is a stupid question, but I just brought home a new 21.5" iMac today (and LOVING IT!), and I transferred all of my music, movies, and photos from my external hard drive to my mac before setting it up for Time Machine. I set up another account, but all of my stuff isn't there. How do I transfer all of my stuff from one account to another?! Oh, and how do I mess with the Time Machine settings (how frequently it backs up)? Thanks in advance.

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    For changing your Time Machine settings try TimeMachineEditor
    Works for me.

    Do you want to move your 'stuff' or copy it? You could just drag the stuff to an external and back or drag it into the public folder, log into the new user and drag it from the public folder back into place
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    ok, thanks. Is there any way I can quickly switch between users?

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    Yes you have to enable it in System preferences. Once down you click the username in the menu bar.

    Apple KB Article refers
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    The reason I asked about the hard drive is because it said I already used about 30GB within the first day(!), is that normal?

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    Not sure what you mean. Can't see what you were asking about hard disks?
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    I realize now that it doesn't matter how often I back it up, but I originally wanted to back it up less often because within the day that i had it, it had already taken up almost 30GB of space. Is that normal?

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    Time machine initially backs up you whole machine. From then on it's incremental. So if your Mac is using 30gb of disk space then that's how much space the time machine back up will take (this may differ a little due to any exclusions, and a few system files that are included).

    From here on in it's incremental so it really depends on how much new or changed data you have
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    Right, so the way i use the computer, it could be as small as KB's?

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    It's more likely to be MBs but yes. The less data added to your Mac the less there is to back up.

    I wouldn't worry about it to be honest. For time machine I'd recommend a disk that's at least as big as your Mac disk. Plug in in and let it do it's thing.

    Don't let it skew the way you use your Mac
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    Yeah, I'm sorry, MB's. Today is not my day...

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    How do I get my MagicPrefs to open every time I log in to my account?

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    It should load by default. If not, go to sys prefs - accounts - choose your user and go to login items. Hit the + to add an app to startup
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    Sweet, thanks for all your help and patience.

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    Here's some information about how Time Machine operates that might help. It lists some files and folders that most users can exclude from their Time Machine backups. ATPM 15.03 - How To: Time Travel: Introduction to Time Machine. There Have been some changes since I wrote that but the essentials are still the same.
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