Mac OS X 10.2: Contents of Shared Folder Missing After Archive and Install

This document explains how you to recover items that were stored in the Shared folder (/Users/Shared) prior to an Archive and Install.
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After an Archive and Install, the Shared folder is empty.

Note: This refers to the folder /Users/Shared, not to the "shared" folders of individual users, which are named Public and Sites.

    1. Close any open Finder windows.
    2. Click the Finder icon in the Dock.
    3. Choose Go > Computer.
    4. Locate this folder:

    /Previous Systems/Previous System n/Users/Shared

    Note: In the actual path, "n" will be a number, such as "1". If more than one Previous System is present, the one with the highest number is the one you most recently replaced via Archive and Install.

    5. Choose File > New Finder Window.
    6. In the new window, go to the folder: /Users/Shared .
    7. Select all the items in the first finder window (Shared from the previous system).
    8. Drag the selected items to Shared folder in the second Finder window (Shared from the current system).

Related documents

107120: "Mac OS X 10.2: About the Archive and Install Feature"
107297: "Mac OS X 10.2: How to Restore a Home Directory After Using Archive and Install"
Published Date: Oct 7, 2016