Currently Being ModeratedMay 7, 2012 4:38 AM (in response to big buddha)
just drag mostly.
And you want to keep and use your fastest drive for the system and 50% free.
A 250GB 10K or SSD or 1/3 only of one of your new 1TB WD Black etc
Currently Being ModeratedMay 7, 2012 6:22 AM (in response to big buddha)
Moving the home folder is not a big issue, and no problems will arise if properly performed.
I have been running 4 systems with home folders on separate drives for years without issue.
It isn't mandatory, but it definitely eases the hassle of keeping a startup drive at 50% (or less) of capacity.
In the case of SSD use, moving the home folder allows for practical sizing of the SSD.... Price a 500+ GB SSD lately?
At a minimum, keep large libraries, iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, etc., on a drive separate from the system drive.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 7, 2012 7:28 AM (in response to big buddha)
I have not had an issue... going back to 10.2 which was really just beta OS X.
YMMV but it is simple to do now. People do it different? or they don't leave the /Users on the boot drive, or some screwed up program that doesn't follow the rules (never run into one myself).
Every application also lets you change where in preferences.
Some want to use symbolic links.
Dedicated boot drive works for most anyone. I used 15K SCSI, then 10K Raptors and WD VR as well as SSDs for boot drive. Home is often raid, some go with mirror, some stripe or just one drive.
There are as many different setup configurations as people.
Cost / Performance SSD $1.50 per GB while 10K VR $0.50 and the difference in MacPro is now very close and allows you to have a faster boot drive - I have tried and always found the WD Black in the past to not keep up with either of those. But they have gotten better but so has everything.
Even now 1TB Black goes for $125 for 1TB (last summer they went for $80).
The only rule is backups and bootable clone and know how so you can restore and manage.