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    Viewing/deleting user accounts
    I purchased my MacbookPro used off ebay a while back. It works great, so no worries there, but I would like to view some unknown items before I delete them.

    The users folder has three subfolders: diana, newuser, and shared. I would like to view the newuser files to make sure there's not anything there I need before I delete them, but I get a permission error.

    I checked the accounts listing in the system prefs, and there's not a newuser listed there. So how do I access those files?

    The second question is probably related to the first. I'm using Time Machine to backup my files, but the backup is called "New Userís MacBook Pro.sparsebundle" How do I rename the backup file or my computer or whatever it is that keeps giving the name New User?

    I'm running OS 10.6.7.

    Thanks for your help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DianaNC View Post
    I purchased my MacbookPro used off ebay a while back. It works great, so no worries there, but I would like to view some unknown items before I delete them.

    The users folder has three subfolders: diana, newuser, and shared. I would like to view the newuser files to make sure there's not anything there I need before I delete them, but I get a permission error.

    I checked the accounts listing in the system prefs, and there's not a newuser listed there. So how do I access those files?
    It is HIGHLY INADVISABLE to take ownership of a used Mac, or any PC really, without promptly formatting the drive and starting fresh. There's simply no telling what is on there that shouldn't be, or what the prior owner may have done to muck with things. It'd be a darned shame if the prior owner had malware, key loggers, or something highly illegal on it and you got hooked for it.

    If you REALLY want to browse the New User account, go to the Users folder, right-click on the New User folder, select "Get Info". Click the lock at the bottom, authorize with your user name/password. Change admin privileges from "Read only" to "Read & Write". Then click the icon at the bottom and select "Apply to enclosed items". You should now be able to browse at will.

    The second question is probably related to the first. I'm using Time Machine to backup my files, but the backup is called "New User’s MacBook Pro.sparsebundle" How do I rename the backup file or my computer or whatever it is that keeps giving the name New User?
    Go to:
    System Preferences > Sharing
    Up top, under "Computer Name", it probably says "New User's MacBook". Rename it to your liking.

    Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
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    Thanks for your help.

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