Home folder split between two HDs – sidebar icons/aliases

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  1. navaira, Jan 13, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2016

    navaira macrumors 68040

    navaira

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    #1
    Hello all,

    here's the problem:

    I connected a SSD via Thunderbolt to my fiance's mid-2011 27", put El Capitan on it and migrated... some folders. The SSD is only 120 GB which is enough for everything that makes sense on it – applications, documents, virtual machines, etc. But I want to leave the movies, photos and music on the old spinster.

    The sidebar is the problem. The icons coming from the SSD home folder are correct. But even though I told Migration Assistant to leave certain folders on the spinner, it did not create aliases/associations, it just made new empty folders on the SSD. My fiance isn't going to start exploring his two drives and wreck havoc, but I would like to ideally make the Movies, Music, Pictures folders on the SSD aliases to the spinner. Then add them to the sidebar and have the pretty (well, they'd be prettier with cDock but I'm not going to disable SIP on this particular machine) icons. Then I could remove the Macintosh HD icon from the sidebar as well and ensure he doesn't get lost in his two drives.

    Thanks in advance for any help!

    Edit: holy macaroni how fast this is, and the SSD speeds aren't even that great. 9 times faster than the spinner and boy can you see that.
     
  2. satcomer, Jan 16, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2016

    satcomer macrumors 603

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    #2
    You seem to be thinking backwards! Transfer only the really base OS X system files to the SSD. Then boot into the SSD OS X then from inside the SSD OS X mount the Spinner (where the movie, iTunes, etc) then go into that mount and create an alias on the folders you want access too. Then move that alias to the SSD same location. Then the alia will work on the SSD as long as the spinner is mounted!
     
  3. navaira thread starter macrumors 68040

    navaira

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