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Old 06-03-2009, 02:54 PM
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Question Restored from backup with Migration Assistant - now have many folders at root level?

My MacBook Air recently needed a hard drive replacement. I was able to make a full SuperDuper backup before it went in to the shop. When it came back I erased the new hard drive, did a clean install of OS X 10.5.7, then launched Migration Assistant and used it to migrate all my files from the SuperDuper backup to the hard drive.

That process all went smoothly (thanks SuperDuper!) but when it was over I had many more folders on the root level of my hard drive than I'd had before. Here are all the names of the folders:

Applications
bin
cores
etc
Library
private
sbin
System
tmp
Users
usr
var
Volumes

Some of these are familiar to me and I'd like them to stay (Applications, Library, System, Users) but the rest are unfamiliar. I'm guessing I shouldn't delete those folders, right? What should I do to get the root level of my new hard drive looking like the root level of my old hard drive?
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Old 06-03-2009, 03:28 PM
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Definitely do not delete those folders: they're all critical. I'm a bit surprised that your clean install of OSX -- which would have been what created all those folders -- would have made them visible.

Are you sure you haven't turned on invisible files in Finder?
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Old 06-03-2009, 03:31 PM
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I should have been more clear - after the clean OS X install the folders were not there - they appeared after Migration Assistant moved my user from the SuperDuper backup to my hard drive.

Sounds like "show invisible folders" got turned on some how - any tip on how I turn it back off?
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Old 06-03-2009, 03:34 PM
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Did you migrate at the first startup, or did you migrate after you had created your account? If the latter, I'd really recommend you redo this...
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Old 06-03-2009, 03:38 PM
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Here were my steps:

1. Boot MacBook Air from OS X retail DVD
2. Run Disk Utility and erase hard drive in MacBook Air (with zero overwrite, just to be sure : )
3. Install Mac OS X from DVD
4. Book MacBook Air from hard drive
5. Create user "test" during first boot
6. Log in as Test as run software update - install all updates
7. Restart
8. Log in as Test
9. Run Migration Assistant and migrate user "Cooper" from SuperDuper backup volume
10. Restart
11. Log in as Cooper
12. Delete user Test

Isn't this the correct procedure to "start fresh" with a clean OS X install?

Everything is working fine now, except I'd like those extra folders to be hidden - I hope I don't have to start that process over - it took hours!
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The problem is that your UID/User ID might be different on the new volume than it was on the old one. For other users who might be reading this -- do not do it this way. Migrate when first prompted to "Copy from another Mac" during the first boot after install.

Anyway, I don't know why these folders would become visible on you, especially since you just migrated, and never ran SuperDuper at all (not that running SuperDuper! would do this).

You can set a 'hidden' attribute for each folder if you have the Developer Tools installed. If so, use

Code:
sudo SetFile -a v path-to-the-file
That removes the 'visible' attribute from the file you specify.
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