My 14 year old son is really into the online world / game simulation Minecraft. My Mac laptop is our only home computer with adequate RAM and processor speed to run the program, so he’s regularly competing with me these days for laptop screen time. This month I’ve installed a new (and larger) hard drive on my laptop, so that’s necessitated re-installation of all our software programs as well as data migration for programs which save files in places other than my documents folder. One of our challenges was figuring out how to transfer his saved Minecraft virtual worlds (which he’s spent literally hundreds of hours creating over the past six months) from the old hard drive to the new one.
To learn how to transfer the saved Minecraft files in the Mac OS X operating system, we turned (of course) to YouTube tutorials like this one. It showed the file path to Minecraft files on our Mac:
- Hard Drive
— your user folder
—– Application Support
The problem we ran into, however, is the LIBRARY folder in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is “hidden” by default. This is a “new feature” by Apple ostensibly provided to protect users from deleting or moving critical system files. In this case, however, it meant Alexander’s Minecraft files were hidden and we couldn’t readily copy them.
Some additional Google searches revealed a geeky technique for using a Terminal command to show the Library in the User folder, but I really wanted something easier. (I don’t like to use the Terminal at all, and rarely resort to solutions which require it.)
It turns out there IS a much easier way to show your Library folder inside your home folder in Mac OS 10.7 Lion: Simply hold down the OPTION key in the Finder and choose the GO menu at the top of the screen. Your user Library folder will show up in the drop down menu, and you can select it to open it.
After opening the Library folder, open Application Support, Minecraft, and Saves to show your saved game files. Use a flash drive or other method to transfer the files from your hard drive, and then place then in the same folder on the computer to which you want to move them.
Hopefully this information will help you if you need to move Minecraft files on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.
Minecraft is an amazing and complex game which my 8th grade son is loving to play. I hope to record at least one screencast interview with him next week and get him to share some of what he’s learned to do in and as a result of the game. Lots of problem solving, reading, and math use going on in Minecraft!
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- More on Bloom's and student creativity - 2006
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