Search include System Files and Invisible Files

Searching for data that you can’t find in a regular Spotlight search? Add System Files and Invisible files to your search.

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How To Create Search

Click on the Desktop so the Finder is active. You’ll see Finder listed by the Apple in the Menu bar.

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Command F will create a new search window.

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Select Other

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Add System Files

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File visibility > Visible or Invisible

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Beware of adware included in installers

Downloading an installer? Beware! You might getting more than you wanted. Before you install, check for additional installers. Especially Genieo. It’s Adware and will take over your browsing experience. OS X 10.9.3 added Genieo to list of incompatible software. Another good reason to upgrade to Mavericks.

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After a user reported the following comment on Apple Discussions, I wanted to see what CNET was doing to a perfectly good utility installer. [Just to be clear, Etrecheck is just one example of what CNET is adding to installers. You can download Etrecheck directly using this link: http://www.etresoft.com/etrecheck. It will not contain the adware. I advise downloading directly from the developer.]

Etrecheck is a no go on my system. Three days ago I downloaded it from CNET and ran it. It hijacked Safari and Firefox. Without asking It installed an Amazon shopping plugin, a Ebay plugin, a Searchme plugin, reset my home page and locked me to the new page. It took me a couple of hours to recover.

I downloaded Etrecheck from CNET. When I tried running the installer, Little Snitch brought up this request. There is no reason for Etrecheck be asking for a connection to www.mybrowserbar.com.

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I continued the install on a test drive and found the following.

The first window looks OK.

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However, the second window showed the following was going to be installed unless I select under custom install to remove the extensions CNET was installing along with the utility Etrecheck.

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Move your data to a new User or a new Mavericks partition

Testing in a new User will quickly tell you if the problem is system wide or if it’s your User’s folder that contains the problem. more info

If the problem is your current User and you are unable to locate the source in your old User, you can use these steps to move to the new User.

If you continue to see the same problems in a new User, this indicates problems at the base level. See Below for instructions.

Transferring files from one account to another on the same Mac

You can move to the other User via the Shared folder.

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Create a folder in shared for Desktop. I like to use folders I create not the root folders in Users. Drag items from Desktop into the “desktop” folder you created. If you drag the root folder it can give you permissions issues when you copy into the new User.

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Drag items from Desktop into the “desktop” folder you created. I like to do one folder at a time.

  • Log out of the current account under the Apple in the Menu bar or use Fast User Switching.
  • Log into new User.

Add Shared folder to Toolbar in the new User for easy access. Hold Option key when dragging an icon to the Toolbar in Mavericks to add.

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Drag items from Shared folder “desktop” (it actually copies) to the Desktop.

Log back into the original User.

Delete the files from Shared desktop folder you copied over to the new User. If you are low on disc space be careful since the process copies data. Move one item at a time then delete the original before starting the next copy.

Continue doing this for Documents, Music, Movies, Pictures etc.

The User’s Library folder is one you need to be very careful in what you bring over. Most likely the issue is in your User’s Library. Mail and most of the items in Application Support are safe to bring over. Bring over the Safari and Calendar folders only if you are not syncing via iCloud. Keychain can be brought over but best to start fresh. Keychain tends to keep a lot of old entries and starting fresh eliminates all the crud that has accumulated.

Remove old User after you have all data copied to the new User. Go to System Preferences > User’s & Groups. Select the account and click on the – to remove. You might want to leave the original User with the User’s Library in case there is something you really need but did not move over.

Transferring files when data is another drive or partition

This assumes you have either cloned your drive or backed up your data and have installed Mavericks on a new drive and need to move your data over to the new install. While Migration is an easy step it can bring over old files you do not want.

First make sure the User’s Library folder is made visible before switching to the new User.

Instead of using the Shared folder as described above, this time we will setup two Finder windows to transfer the data. Set one window for the new Mavericks User. Set the second window to show the User’s folder on the other drive. Drag your data from the old folders to the new Mavericks folders.

To make a Finder Window, select File > New Window

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To view the other drive open Finder > Preferences > Sidebar > Devices

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Check to show Your Computer and Your Hard disks.

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Create an OS X Mavericks Partition

If you are unhappy with your upgrade to Mavericks, you can eliminate any issues installing over your old software by creating a partition on your drive or external drive to install a clean version of Mavericks for testing. The base install will quickly tell you if you will see a speed difference or if issues you were seeing are a result of old files that are conflicting with Mavericks.

  1. Open Disk Utility in Applications/Utilities.
  2. Select your drive in the left window.
  3. Name the new partition “Mavericks HD”. See below on how to determine size.
  4. Apply will modify the current partition table to add the new partition.

How to determine size of partition

You could make this partition as small as 30GB, but more is better. If you have the room and plan on moving all your data to this partition, first find how much space is currently used.

In this first example, I have a 160 GB drive with approx 49 GB used. I have 110 GB available so I have plenty of room to create a partition that is equal in size and still leave some breathing room on the first partition to run OS X. (You need a minimum of 10% free.)

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  • Click on the drive – top name not Macintosh HD
  • Click on Partition tab
  • Click on + to add a second equal partition.
  • Rename Partiton – Mavericks HD (It’s easy to change later if desired)
  • Select Apply

(until you click on Apply, you can make changes.)
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Not enough free space on drive?

This next example is for users that don’t have enough free disk space to make a full restore Mavericks drive. You can install Mavericks with a little room to spare for testing some files on a 30 GB partition. Make the partition as large as possible while still leaving some room for the other drive to boot. It’s recommended that you have 10% free for the system to “breathe”.

Follow the same steps as above but this time, drag down the center bar, to resize the bottom partition. This shows a 30 GB partition.

Click on Apply to create the partition.

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Install Mavericks

Download Mavericks installer from Mac App Store (MAS). If you have previously downloaded, go to Purchases tab in the MAS and select to download again.

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Put your cursor over OS X Mavericks (you will see the cursor turn into a hand. Click and it will take you to the download page.

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The installer can be found in the Applications folder called Install Mac OS X Mavericks. Launch the installer and select your new Mavericks partition as destination.

The next post will describe how to move over your data without using Migration.

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