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  1. #1
    jp_tix
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    OS X Clean Install - restore Users folder?
    Hi,

    I recently did a clean install of OS X, after backing up
    my Users folder. How can I restore this folder/user, i.e. Mail, Address Book etc?

    Best,

    jp

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    Mr.Curlynose1
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    I would be led to think that if you copied it to your hard drive, that would do it.

  3. #3
    jp_tix
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    That's obvious.

    But the copied users won't come up as new users in the System Preferences.

    I tried making a new user with the exact same name as the copied folder, now it uses that folder, but permissions are messed up and almost all the applications crash when I start them (Mail, Address Book, even Quicktime).

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    OS X Clean Install - restore Users folder?

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    just copy the files with the User Name directory

    after you copied them go into Utilties --> Disk Utility and repair your permissions
    Don't forget to use the new User Reputation System

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    jp_tix
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    Thanks, I'll try that.

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    KEVIN JENKINS
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    I have bought v recently an i-book... there are minor glitches... help function
    is a bit wobbly and occasionally the modem disconnects and to clear it I have to
    re-start.. also occasionally an appn. unexpectedly quits on me...
    should I live with these minor probs. or should I go for a re-install? Reading the
    above it seems that a re-install might do more harm than good.. altho' as I am
    within my full 90 day g'tee period perhaps I should try a clean re-install and see
    what happens?
    Comments svp. Kevin 12th Feb 2004

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    OS X Clean Install - restore Users folder?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KEVIN JENKINS
    I have bought v recently an i-book... there are minor glitches... help function
    is a bit wobbly and occasionally the modem disconnects and to clear it I have to
    re-start.. also occasionally an appn. unexpectedly quits on me...
    should I live with these minor probs. or should I go for a re-install? Reading the
    above it seems that a re-install might do more harm than good.. altho' as I am
    within my full 90 day g'tee period perhaps I should try a clean re-install and see
    what happens?
    Comments svp. Kevin 12th Feb 2004

    The first I would try is to repair permissions. Sometimes when software is installed, the installer messes with the permission of various files. Repair permission usually resolve most problems.

    I believe that should resolve the help problem, it might fix the app quitting problem also. If it does not then a fresh install (wiping the disk clean) would most likely help. If you re-install. be sure you back up your inportant files and data. Don't forget to get a list of your applications, in case you did download or add some.

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    KEVIN JENKINS
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    Quote Originally Posted by rman
    The first I would try is to repair permissions. Sometimes when software is installed, the installer messes with the permission of various files. Repair permission usually resolve most problems.

    I believe that should resolve the help problem, it might fix the app quitting problem also. If it does not then a fresh install (wiping the disk clean) would most likely help. If you re-install. be sure you back up your inportant files and data. Don't forget to get a list of your applications, in case you did download or add some.
    many thanks... bear with me..I am a novice with comptrs. esp. macs... how do I go about repairing
    permissions.?
    Kevin 12.02

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    KEVIN JENKINS
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    many thanks....pl. bear with me... I am a novice....
    how do I go about repairing permissions?

    Kevin 12.02

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    OS X Clean Install - restore Users folder?
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    This is if you are running Jaguar (10.2.x)

    OS X Disk -> Applications -> Utilities -> Disk Utility

    select your OS X disk partition, then click the First Aid tab. now click on the Repair Disk Permissions button.

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    KEVIN JENKINS
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    many thanks. I have done that and the system seems fine. One other issue..
    I have a BJC3000 Canon printer. I have tried configuring with the i-bk using the Canon CD but it doesn't do it.. I then d/loaded a driver called "UK english.sea 3"
    but that has not made any difference.. but I may be missing how to get the i-bk
    and the prtr. to "pick up" on the d/loaded driver... any suggestions as to how to
    get this to work? I have to also say that this prtr has been used with a PC but only with a parallel cable. When trying to get it to wrk with the PC from a USB port it would not configure with the PC either! Kevin 13.02

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