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Moving Home Files etc

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stylianous Calculating status...
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Oct 17, 2013 1:06 AM

I have now put a new SSD on my macbook pro so i can boot from it and have my iPhoto collection on it. (should I have apps on it)?

 

But I want to have all my other files and documents on the HDD, how can i move everthing over ?

 

Thanks

 

S

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5)
  • d00dbro Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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    Oct 17, 2013 1:14 AM (in response to stylianous)

    I'd keep the apps on the SSD to improve resource loading times. Do you want your home directory to be on your HDD, or do you just want your files there?

  • d00dbro Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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    Oct 17, 2013 9:36 AM (in response to stylianous)

    Alright, I found here that it's actually easier than I thought: http://www.macworld.com/article/1164891/keeping_mac_os_and_data_on_separate_driv es.html "In the past you’d copy your Home folder to the other drive and then point to it via symbolic links but that’s no longer necessary."

     

    I'm assuming your Users folder is on your SSD currently. Here's what it said to do:

    1. Make an extra admin account just in case something goes wrong, and log into it.

    2. Copy the Users folder from the root directory into the root directory of the HDD.

    3. In System Preferences > Accounts, right-click your main user account (the one with all your files), and press "Advanced Options". You should see a window with some options, including "Home directory". Change that to the home directory on the HDD that got copied from the SSD.

     

    Then test it. Of course, if it works, you can delete the original data off the SSD except for the iPhoto library.

  • d00dbro Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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    Oct 24, 2013 5:40 PM (in response to stylianous)

    I avoid using Finder to copy things like home folders. I don't know why, but it sometimes doesn't work. Carbon Copy Cloner works, but there's also rsync (which is built into OS X) if you know how to use it.

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