Copy Preferences Folder Betwenn User Accounts
by dschwartzer - 9/2/09 9:36 AM
I am currently running 10.5.8 on a new 13" MacBook Pro. I am having an issue syncing contacts to my iPhone. On the first sync when I plug the phone in, iTunes syncs without issue but if I try to sync again, the sync process stalls on contacts for about 10 minutes.
I have made several visits to my local Apple Store. The Genius Bar technician swapped out my iPhone to eliminate that as a cause and removed several preference files but the problem remains. Their best guess is that there is a damaged preference file in my Home/Libraray/Preferences folder but they can't figure out which one it is. They suggested doing an Archive & Install without saving User settings and preferences but that will entail a hugh amount of extra work for me to load all of my third party apps, data, etc.
I was thinking that I could accomplish the same end result if I created a new user on the MacBook and copied the clean Home/Library/Preferences folder from the new user into my "real" user library and then let the system rebuild all of the preference files as I use the applications, etc. When I look through my Preferences folder I see a lot of old, probably unneeded files anyway from when I migrated to the MacBook Pro from my old G5 iMac so I would be getting rid of a lot of "junk" file at the same time. I realize I will lose all of my application settings but that seem slike a small price to pay compared to rebuilding the entire system.
My question is, does this plan seem to make sense or is there more to the Preferences folder than I am aware of and will I get into more trouble?
Any thoughts or insight would be appreciated.