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  Tiger's Powerful Migration Assistant
Subject:   Problem with multiple users
Date:   2006-06-11 10:30:21
From:   davester2
I have a multi-user powerbook that included an account for my daughter. Since I bought her a new macbook for graduation, I used the migration assistant to move her user account and files & folders to the new macbook. However, the problem now is that all the files & folders associated with all user accounts (not just hers) seem to have moved to her machine and have completely clogged up the harddrive. Simply delete them you say? Unfortunately, they can't be accessed from the finder because the user accounts (i.e. mine and my other family members) associated with them aren't on the new macbook. I'm also wondering whether a bunch of files & folders associated with applications on the old machine came over also (though I don't have a way of figuring this out. Any suggestions on how to solve this conundrum and get rid of all the superfluous files would be appreciated.
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    davester2,

    Thanks for taking the time to post, I really do appreciate it!

    That is a most interesting situation… Indeed, Migration Assistant should only transfer the files you specified, lest you ran into a bug, which is always in the realm of possibles.

    You say it copied files on the hard drive but cannot access them… In that light, how do you know the space is taken by files associated to other accounts? Is there a specific clue or message you saw that pointed you in that direction?

    Should other accounts have been transfered along with the one of your daughter, you should be able to simply delete them, as well as all the files they contain, by using the "Accounts" preferences pane available through the "System Preferences" application.

    Let me know if this helps,
    FJ