Currently Being ModeratedMar 21, 2012 1:36 AM (in response to BDAqua)
I dont know but its history now. Now I d like to be in a position where I can segregate data from OS files in case
I need to go through this again. lets try and focus on subject on the thread :-)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 21, 2012 3:10 AM (in response to ebarlier)
IMO you are going about this the wrong way.
You should have one partition for the System as well as the Applications folder, and another for data - if you feel you need partitions at all rather than an external backup containing a bootable clone of your entire hard drive.
Partitioning a hard drive:
To resize (or delete) an existing partition without losing data, you will need to use, for example, iPartition:
Currently Being ModeratedMar 21, 2012 4:18 AM (in response to Klaus1)
"You should have one partition for the System as well as the Applications folder, and another for data".
That is what I am aiming Klaus. the problem I am facing is that when I install OSX it puts what I call the DATA
folders on the same partitions, namely whatever folder is under:
/Users/user.name/Documents, Music Downloads etc.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 21, 2012 8:53 PM (in response to ebarlier)
Ahh, that's why it's good to ask questions.
Users home directories can be stored anywhere on the system. /Users is a convention, but you can store them anywhere (including network volumes).
So you could create a /Users directory on the other partition/drive. You can also change the account settings to use a different path.
In System Preferences -> Users & Groups, you cna Ctrl-click on a user name to display the Advanced Options menu. Here you can see some of the user's account data, including the path to their home directory. Change that to point to the second partition and you're set (after copying their existing data there first, of course)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 22, 2012 2:33 AM (in response to Camelot)
Cheers for that. I think I am happy to go with this solution even if it also copies the library folder which I wanted to leave on system disk.
Gotta take the good with the bad :-)
Thanks for your help, all of you.