5 Replies Latest reply: May 3, 2013 10:23 AM by rccharles
mgreaver Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a Macbook Air with a really dinky hard drive with which I am supervising 100+ iPods and other devices with Apple Configurator.  I filled up the hard drive after six months with Configurator stuff.  I bought a 2 Tb passport that I hooked up to the macbook and it immediately showed up.  Will the Macbook automatically start adding new files for Configurator onto the external drive as if it were additional space on the hard drive?  Will I have to move Configurator to the external hard drive?  How do I go about doing this?


iPod touch, iOS 6.0.2
  • rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (6,485 points)

    disclaimer:  I do not know here apple configurator save the data.  I assume it saves the data in the home folder of the account on which it is run. ~/Documents is most likely.

     

    1) I'd move our home folder of account you run apple configurator under to the external hd.  Here is how:

    http://www.macworld.com/article/1164891/keeping_mac_os_and_data_on_separate_driv es.html

     

    ( your going to have to scroll down a bit.  there are a lot of ads on the above page.  look for "Keeping Mac OS and data on separate drive

     

    You could create another account for daily office use when you do not have the external hd attached.

     

    2) another option would be to copy your entire "hd" to the external hd & boot from the external hd.

    fyi: Holding down the option key then power on. This brings up the startup manager. Click on your hd. Click on right arrow key.

     

    Carbon Copy Cloner will copy your startup drive to an external  firewire drive.  You can boot from the external drive to verify that you have a good clone. When you upgrade your existing startup drive, you can at any time boot from your external drive and go back to your existing system.

    http://www.bombich.com/software/ccc.html

     

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    here is some more info on the subject.

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/21650443#21650443

  • mgreaver Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you.  I was able to move the user account to the external hard drive and have it direct to the external hard drive just fine.  That article was correct and right on.  Would it work if you are currently logged in with that account?

     

    I also found out that I had not formatted the drive at all, let alone to the correct way.  After I did that, it accepted everything I did to it.

  • rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (6,485 points)

    Glad to hear the good news.

     

    Would it  ( moving a home folder ) work if you are currently logged in with that account?

     

    Do you ask out of curiosity?  How did you do it?  I'd recommend moving it with another acount.

     

    You never know. Might work.  I do not know how login works.  I'd lean towards it working, but would never suggest doing this way with production account.

     

    Could look in /Users and see if /Users/your-short-user-name was linked.  Might give a clue if it was.

     

    Robert

  • mgreaver Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I did it with a different account.  I was curious.

     

    I also made the mistake of installing configurator in the local administrator account, which is the account I moved.  I have a network account on it also, but I frequently get the notice that network accounts are not available when I turn the Macbook on.  It seems to work just fine, though.

  • rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (6,485 points)

    I also made the mistake of installing configurator in the local administrator account, which is the account I moved.  I have a network account on it also, but I frequently get the notice that network accounts are not available when I turn the Macbook on.

     

    These sort of questions would be better asked in the appropriate:

    https://discussions.apple.com/community/mac_os/os_x_mountain_lion

     

    or

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/community/mac_os/os_x_mountain_lion

     

    Fun computing.

     

    Robert