All may not be lost just yet. As there is really no new data on Machine "B", formatting it and starting again should not be a problem.
On Machine "A", run a Time Machine backup to an external drive.
Once complete, fire up the newly formatted and OS X installed Machine "B" and connect the external to it.
Then at the question "do you have a backup" (words to that effect) answer Yes and point Machine "B" at the external with the TM backup on it.
Let it do its thing and when finished you will have a machine that is identical to Machine "A".
Any erroneous "Home" folder can be deleted leaving you with just the original one.
Another way, if you do not like that option,
On Machine "B" open the SHARED folder, on Machine "A", open the Home folder.
Now you have to copy the CONTENTS of each folder, One at a time, within the Home drive of Machine "A" into the SHARED folder of Machine "B".
Then move those files into the folder with the same name in the Home drive.
This eliminates any Ownership/Permissions problems which can arise by just copying the entire folder directly into the new Home folder.
Take you pick
Both Macs are running 10.6.8.’
I want the home folder from Mac 'A' (copied to an external HD) to be the default and only ‘Home’ folder on Mac 'B'
Mac 'B' has just been upgraded to 10.6.8, with no files on it except the OS files from the install disc.
Mac 'A's 'Home Folder' was backed up to an external HD and added to the 'User folder of Mac 'B' (Macintosh>Users) .
I created a new Administrator account on ‘B’ and named it the name of the previous home folder.
When I log in as the (newly created) 2nd Administrator to that account, it doesn't show any of the files though.
What did I do wrong?
How about if I delete the original Administrator account?
Is it too late to make that home/user folder the primary user account with all of the previous settings such as Desktop picture and all of my previous applications etc. that were on Mac ‘A’ to Mac ‘B’.
Can I drag and drop it someplace on the computer it’s already on, or should I delete it entirely and use Migration Assistant to bring it over and have it be the only or main User account that way?
Thanks in advance.