Select new home folder in Lion

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by BenGonz91, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I have a macbook with an HDD and an SSD where the optical drive was. I just set it up so I'm booting my OS and apps from the SSD and I have my User folder on my HDD. I'm not sure how to get all my user settings to be applied on my SSD though, and I had found something telling you how, but it was written before Lion came out, so the System Preferences have changed a bit so I'm not sure where to look. Please help!
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    I would imagine it being as simple as creating a symlink.
    Also the OS accesses the home folder all the time (library files, for ex) so it would keep the HDD spinning all the time, not very energy efficient. The way I do it is to move only Music, Movie, and Documents folder to the HDD, and create symlinks in the user folder.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What are symlinks? How would I do that?
     
  4. macrumors 68030

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    Right clicking on your user in User & Groups and choosing advanced options does not give you the option to change the path to your home directory on the HDD?
     

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  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well I actually wasn't aware you had to right click it, but for some reason I'm unable to right click it so I'm still stuck
     
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    The padlock is unlocked? You authenticated first I mean.
     
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    GroundLoop

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    This is what I have been doing for the last server versions, but Lion is making things more difficult. I moved my home folder to the new partition, but, of course, none of the preferences I had set up moved since they are in the original home folder location. I would like to replace the Library folder in the new home folder with the Library folder from the old location. When I try to do this via the finder or terminal I get access denied, etc, etc, etc...

    Has anyone done this? What is the easiest method?

    GL
     
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    iLidz

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    Have you enabled this feature? I believe it is off by default:
    system preferences>mouse>point&click>secondaryclick
     

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