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Old 07-29-2019, 08:18 PM   #31
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When I boot off the external drive, I can't even see the internal drive. I'm sure I can use disk utility to make it accessible, but by default it's not visible ...
When I boot off the external drive, after I log in and the desktop appears, a dialog box pops up offering to show me the internal drive in return for a password. If I decline, I can use disk utility to mount it.

What's interesting is that I have 2 user accounts on my Mac, an admin account (the first account created) and a standard account, and entering the password for either account will open up the entire internal drive and allow me (or anyone!) to view everything in the Home folder of the admin account. But permission is denied to view the Home folder of the standard account. Even when I enter the password for the standard account, the admin account is wide open and the standard account is locked down. Anyone have any ideas why this is?

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I didnt think I needed a clone either: I was making one (it was set to auto update weekly) but didn't realise I needed it until the internal drive in my iMac died, and the clone simply took over. I had neither the time, money, nor the energy to cart the iMac in to the shop to have the drive replaced until a month later. It was good to have had that clone working.
So, what clone software do you prefer?
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Old 07-30-2019, 08:46 AM   #32
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I think an administrator account is restricted from accessing another user’s account, which makes sense otherwise the admin could access that user’s private files.

I only have one account so never have permissions issues accessing my account from external drives running another Mac install.

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I think an administrator account is restricted from accessing another user’s account, which makes sense otherwise the admin could access that user’s private files.

I only have one account so never have permissions issues accessing my account from external drives running another Mac install.
That's pretty much how I have my mac set up, one account. In unix land, it's traditional to have a root and then individual accounts, but while the mac may be unix underneath, it's not just linux with a better UI bolted on it.
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I think an administrator account is restricted from accessing another user’s account, which makes sense otherwise the admin could access that user’s private files ...
Yes, that makes sense. But what I've found is that if you have multiple accounts, regardless of whether they are admin or standard, the first/original/root account is accessible to all users if the Mac is booted from an external drive.

In other words:
  1. Create 2 new user accounts, one admin, one standard, so that you have 3 users on your Mac: 1) original/root/admin, 2) second admin, 3) standard user
  2. Boot from external drive
  3. Unlock internal drive using password from either the second admin or standard user (not the original/root/admin)
  4. You would think that only the Home folder for the user whose password was used would be accessible. But when I try this, the entire drive is unlocked, and the original/root/admin Home folder is accessible. In other words, any secondary user on my Mac can access the original/root/admin Home folder if they boot from an external drive. They don't need my password, they only need theirs
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