I have on my external hard drive a .dmg which is a backup from when my internal hardrive was breaking.

Fixing the (internal) hard drive I then went on to erase it. And reinstall OSX in the process it asked me if I had any time machine backups. Which I do (on the same external) hard drive but it was very out of date.

What I want to know is; How can I get all the data back from the .dmg that I backed up (and have now fixed using DiskWarrior)?

Should I just drag and drop the User folder? What would you reccomend?

  • What is the size of your user folder? and the size of the external disk?
    – Ruskes
    Commented May 3, 2014 at 11:11
  • external disk 1 tb. User on external 404gb
    – maxisme
    Commented May 3, 2014 at 11:18
  • I don't understand what you are saying sorry?
    – maxisme
    Commented May 3, 2014 at 11:26

1 Answer 1

  1. Copy the user folder into /Users

  2. Make a user with the same short name as the user that you copied in using the Users & Groups preference pane. This should prompt you to link the new user to the home folder that you copied in.

    Note: Don't log in as that user yet.

  3. Reset the new user's ACLs using the ACL tool on the Recovery HD.

    1. Boot into the Recovery HD using ⌘R.
    2. Run resetpassword in Terminal (available from Utilities → Terminal).
    3. Select your account from the drop-down list.
    4. Click the Reset button for Reset Home Directory Permissions and ACLs.
  • I can't copy the user folder because the internal hard drive is too small to have two user folders?
    – maxisme
    Commented May 3, 2014 at 10:58

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