Change Location of Documents Folder?

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  1. A4orce84 macrumors 6502

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    Hey Everyone,

    I installed an SSD recently, and am curious if there any way I can change the location of the Documents folder thats in the home folder? I have these exact folder names on another drive (my data drive) but was wondering if there is a way i can get the official folders pointing to the other hd so I can click on "documents" in finder and go to the correct location on my data drive?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    Move the folder then make a symlink back to where it was.
     
  3. A4orce84 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Instructions on how to do this easily somewhere?
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    Open Terminal. Type this:
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     mv ~/Documents/ /Volumes/EXTERNALDRIVE/Documents/
    
    [enter]
    
    ln -s /Volumes/EXTERNALDRIVE/Documents/ ~/Documents
     
  5. A4orce84 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That's only if the folders are named the same right? What if my "real" folder with all my documents are called "My Documents" ?
     
  6. smithrh macrumors 68020

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    Does 'mv' work across drives these days? If so, that's actually pretty nice.

    Back in the day, you'd have to use 'cp' then delete the source files.
     
  7. Intell macrumors P6

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    You can name the Documents folder whatever you like, just as long as the symlink in your user folder is named Documents. If it isn't, Mac OS X will simply recreate the Documents folder.

    I've used the mv command to move folders and files between drives in OS X before without it complaining. Way back to Tiger or Leopard I believe.
     

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