External Drive, How to have data placed on it

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by sblinder, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. sblinder macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2009

    I am using a program called Ispy which is a security program, I bought a mac mini to use just for this use. The drive is a Lacie 1.5 Terrabyte drive, my problem is I don't know how to make the program write the data to this drive and not to the small drive on the mac mini. With the program the small drive in the mini would be used up to fast, the new drive would work for months. I would appreciate any help.

    Thanks Alot
  2. madog macrumors 65816


    Nov 25, 2004
    Korova Milkbar
    There should be a way to set the data location to a different directory/drive through the apps preferences. I would check in there.
  3. micsaund macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2004
    Colorado, USA
    Check the application's prefs as madog suggested.

    If there's nothing there that lets you change the destination of the files, you may be able to play some games with symbolic links on the hard drive.

    For example, if the program writes to /Users/sblinder/ispy_data/ you could try moving ispy_data to the large external drive and then do something like "ln -s /Volumes/LaCie/ispy_data ~/" That would create a symbolic link called ispy_data in your home dir which actually points to the LaCie.

    Obviously, you'd need to adjust the pathnames/etc. but that's how I'd look into hacking it into submission if the app prefs don't let you do it the right way.

  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    You've got it backwards. It should be

    ln -s ~/ispy_data /Volumes/LaCie/ispy_data

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