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moved home folder to new drive (data is now copied and not moved?)

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hotwheels 22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 13, 2012 2:13 PM

i have "repointed" Lion to a new Home Folder on my "data drive" in bay 3 and am running my Lion OS on the disk in bay 1.


when i move data from my Desktop to the Documents folder i am finding that this data is being /copied/ when i would expect it to move.


can anyone explain to me if this is normal procedure and if so why since i always recall in the past that this type of action would result in a move?



Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4), with 64 bit Win7 in Parallel
  • Alberto Ravasio Level 4 Level 4 (3,160 points)

    Copy is the expected operation if you "move" files between different disks or volumes.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,405 points)

    hotwheels 22 wrote:


    i have "repointed" Lion to a new Home Folder


    See this ->

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,405 points)

    As noted, if it is copying files, the desktop and your documents folder are on different drives.


    Did you restart your computer after changing it?

    How are you moving the files? In a Finder window to the sidebar? Two open windows?

  • Alberto Ravasio Level 4 Level 4 (3,160 points)

    Open Terminal and type these commands in sequence, hitting return at each line


    diskutil list




    ls -la /Volumes


    post here the result

    iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.5), iMac12,1
  • Alberto Ravasio Level 4 Level 4 (3,160 points)

    You can remove the prompt text if you like. The one from the beginning of the line and the $ sign, and change your user name with something like myuser.

  • Alberto Ravasio Level 4 Level 4 (3,160 points)

    WOW. How many disks


    me-Mac-Pro:~ mac_pro$ pwd




    This line tells that your home folder is effectively on the Volume (phisical disk /dev/disk2) data_drive

    I don't think your problem is related to owner permissions, but the standard Users folder has this form


    drwxr-xr-x   7 root     admin       238  4 Nov 15:07 Users


    The standard user folder has this form


    drwxr-xr-x+ 26 alberto  staff   884 14 Nov 09:06 alberto

    0: group:everyone deny delete

    iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.5), iMac12,1
  • Alberto Ravasio Level 4 Level 4 (3,160 points)

    Furthermore, if you do


    ls -la /Volumes/data_drive/Users/mac_pro


    you should see at least


    drwxr-xr-x+ 26 alberto  staff      884 14 Nov 09:06 .

    drwxr-xr-x   7 root     admin      238  4 Nov 15:07 ..

    drwx------+ 14 alberto  staff      476 14 Nov 14:57 Desktop

    drwx------+ 19 alberto  staff      646  7 Nov 13:51 Documents

    drwx------+ 22 alberto  staff      748 14 Nov 09:36 Downloads

    drwx------@ 55 alberto  staff     1870 10 Ott 17:32 Library

    drwx------+ 18 alberto  staff      612  7 Nov 20:29 Movies

    drwx------+ 16 alberto  staff      544 16 Lug 23:35 Music

    drwx------+ 33 alberto  staff     1122 26 Ott 15:42 Pictures

    drwxr-xr-x+  8 alberto  staff      272 18 Lug 09:58 Public


    that are the standard folders created for every users. Inside those folders there should be your documents

    iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.5), iMac12,1


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