I have to edit this question after spending a frustrating (frightening?) afternoon looking at this friend's computer.
He is older and quite vulnerable (he just lost his wife), but he is mac-literate, having used them for years. He relies on his photo albums - he is a well known architect.
Anyway, he bought a new machine some months ago, and hired a local consultant to set up the machine and migrate his files from his old system.
The user accounts are set up so that "consultant" is the account name.
The user part of the file system looks something like this:
All files (documents, images, etc) are owned by consultant.
(The frightening part is that the consultant (who has skipped town), left an open login so he can connect anytime, without any kind of password control).
So, my question is this: I need a reality check on how to proceed. Copy the user files to an external drive? Script? What about the accounts?
Is there something else to check?
I want the files to end up in:
i would welcome any more advice (shell scripts, methods, etc).
A friend has a iMac which has been recently set up by a consultant. I found that the home folder doesn't match the name of the user account name—rather, it's the name of the consultant (grrrh).
Is this a problem? Should I rebuild the system? Add a new user account?