I've been messing with this for the last 12 hours and am at my wit's end. Hopefully you guys can help. Anyway, here's the deal:
I just installed a new LaCie 2big Thunderbolt external hard drive (configured as a 4TB striped RAID 0 volume) to my 2011 iMac. I currently have my personal home folder located on my iMac's internal 2TB hard drive. All I'm trying to do is move this personal home folder from the internal hard drive to the new external RAID volume. I've tried this two different ways -- first, I logged in to my iMac using a different admin account and copied my personal home folder from the internal HD to the external one, then I used System Preferences/Users & Groups/account name/Advanced Options to tell the OS the new location of the home folder. I've also logged directly into the personal home folder account and, from within that account, copied the personal home folder from the internal HD to the external HD. I used the same procedure described above to tell the OS the new location of the home folder.
Neither method works. I can log into my personal account, but when I log in the OS clearly isn't seeing my home folder because the desktop and dock look like they do when logging into a new account for the first time. What's weird is that if I go through System Preferences to again select the location of the home folder and browse to the folder's location, the system has appended a "1" to the end of the external volume's name. In other words, if the path to the home folder after the initial folder move was "/Volumes/external/Users/personal", if I try to browse to the new home folder location after the unsuccessful login, the path becomes "/Volumes/external 1/Users/personal".
I've followed the tips in this post and do see the redundant volumes in the hidden Volume folder listing on my Macintosh HD, but deleting them and remounting my external drive doesn't fix my problem.
I'm sure I'm missing something obvious but I've followed every procedure on the web that I can find to the letter and still can't get this to work.
Help! And thanks in advance!