How to move the Movies folder?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by RatHat, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. RatHat macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2011
    Is there a way that I can move the Movies folder to another location, and still have the Users\Username\Movies path point to it?

    The reason why I ask is that I have over 3/4 of my iMac 1TB hard disk taken up by movies, and I want to put them on an external drive, but still have the default save go to the Movies folder in the new external drive.

    Any help appreciated.
  2. Fallinangel macrumors regular


    Dec 21, 2005
    Symlinks are the way to go. Just create the Movies folder on your external HDD and symlink it to the user directory!

    Here's the tool that you need, if you prefer a WYSIWYG approach over messing with Terminal. :)
  3. RatHat thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2011
    That is great, thank you very much. Will see if I can get it working with Mountain Lion.
  4. RatHat thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2011
    Got Symlink working without problem, but still cannot get the result I want.

    I copied theMovies folder to the external drive, and can create a Symlink using the Symlink software, but I cannot remove the original Movies folder, or get it to point the new Movies folder on the external drive.

    If I try to remove the original folder, I get the following message:

    “Movies” can’t be modified or deleted because it’s required by Mac OS X.
  5. colourfastt macrumors 6502a


    Apr 7, 2009
    Make a folder on your external called Movies ED or somesuch and drag the folder onto your dock. You'll have a direct alias to your movie folder on your external then.
  6. RatHat thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2011
    This is not what I am trying to achieve. What I want is for the default path to point to the new location.

    As yet I have not been able to manage it. :(
  7. arjen92 macrumors 65816


    Sep 9, 2008
    Below sea level
    Probably not the solution you want, but you can change the directory of all folders in the homefolder at once. (so not an individual folder).

    I have a HDD and an SSD. On one is Mac OS X and the programs folder, on the HDD is my home directory. To do this you go to "system preferences" "Accounts". In case the lock is closed click on it and unlock it.

    Now right click (or control click) on your account, choose "advanced options". A pop up screen should appear. There should be a field with "homefolder" in front. Click the button "choose" next to it. Now you can set your hard drive as your homefolder.

    I know it's probably not want you want. But say you have a 2 TB hard drive and your biggest concern are the videos, you could put all your files on the external.
  8. RatHat thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2011
    Not what I am looking for. I have a 1TB internal HD, and a 1TB external. My movies folder was taking up a lot of space, hence moving it to the external.

    Not to worry though, I am learning some things I would not have learned otherwise, so thanks for the reply.
  9. Fallinangel macrumors regular


    Dec 21, 2005
    Has symlinking worked out for you?
  10. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    With the Movies file on the external drive, create an alias. Move that alias back to your Home Folder and re-name it Movies. Anything now looking for the Movies folder in your Home Folder will be re-directed to the Movies folder on the external.

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