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OS 10.4 - Renaming Home Icon is "already taken"....


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Hello, I have a quick question I am hoping someone can answer.

I am running OS X 10.4.1.1

Here is my question....
I wanted to rename the Home icon on the sidebar so I did, and named it "PARDO" (My last name). However when I restarted the computer my full name appeared as "jonathanpardo"...so i tried to rename it again back to "Pardo" and I get an error saying, "The name "PARDP" is already taken. Please choose a different name."

Why is this? Is there another account somewhere, because when I go to accounts there is only my one Admin Account "Jonathan Pardo".

Please help, thanks for your time.
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If you rename your home folder without changing the Account name in preferences, then the OS will just create a new Home folder called, in this case jonathanpardo

BY now you will have 2 folders at least in Users

jonathanpardo a fresh folder that was created on start-up

PARDO Your old home folder that you renamed - which still contains all your old files and settings

What you need to do is rename your current User folder jonathanpardo to something like temp

Rename your original home (PARDO)folder back to jonathanpardo, this will restore all your old files. Restart the mac

Now, to change your home folder, this must be done in System Preferences > Accounts. There rename your Account name, this will rename the home folder as well.

Whatever you do, do not rename your home folder in the finder, you risk losing your files, especially if you ever delete your old home folder

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He said he renamed the folder in the sidebar. Isn't that an alias?
Would that also rename the actual home folder?

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No, it actually renames the Home folder


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Renaming your home folder will cause you all sorts of problems. Change it back.
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Renaming the home folder directly is a terrible idea. Change it back as Alexis recommended and hope for the best

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