Mac OS X forum: Copy Preferences Folder Betwenn User Accounts

by: dschwartzer September 2, 2009 9:36 AM PDT

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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.

Thanks,


David

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