Clean Install - Restoring User Directory to 2nd Drive?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by netdog, Oct 2, 2010.

  1. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    I am doing a clean install on my Mac Pro and want to bring in my user directory onto a 2nd drive (where it was originally).

    During the install, should I point to an external drive where I know have my user directory cloned and allow OS X to restore it?

    Should I just copy my user directory to the 2nd drive after doing the install?

    Other caveats? I can foresee all sorts of potential problems. Anybody have any experience with this?

    I know that I will lose my apps in the process. That's okay.

    Help? Thoughts?
  2. RodoLana macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2008
    Moons of the 7th planet
    Take a look here:

    The idea is by separating the OS from the Users Directory is it would make for an easier and quicker clean install or upgrade to a new OS and increase performance.

    The only problems I've encountered with this set up is that some applications will only allow installations on the OS drive and some applications (Adobe) will still install items on the OS drive even when installed on another drive. This can become a problem when doing a clean install of the OS and can be solved by reinstalling the problematic applications.


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