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  1. #1

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    May 14, 2007
    Question Renaming Home Icon is "already taken"....
    Hello, I have a quick question I am hoping someone can answer.

    I am running OS X

    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" 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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    louishen's Avatar
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    Oct 22, 2007
    Mac Mini Core i7 2012 | White 2009 MacBook 2 Ghz | 733 Mhz G4 Quicksilver
    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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    cradom's Avatar
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    Feb 14, 2004
    Groves, Texas
    21in. iMac 10.11 --- HP Linux Mint 18
    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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  4. #4

    Kash's Avatar
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    Dec 03, 2006
    Irvine, CA
    Black Macbook C2D 2GHz 3GB RAM 250GB HD iPhone 4 iPad 3G
    No, it actually renames the Home folder

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    Apr 20, 2006
    Al iMac 20" 2.4Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
    Renaming your home folder will cause you all sorts of problems. Change it back.

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    Mar 09, 2004
    Aluminium Macbook 2.4 Ghz 4GB RAM, SSD 24" Samsung Display, iPhone 4, iPad 2
    Renaming the home folder directly is a terrible idea. Change it back as Alexis recommended and hope for the best

    Use this tool if you still want to change names

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