How to set up Thunderbolt drive with Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by alen655321, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. alen655321 macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2014
    I have an external pegasus drive connected to my mac pro. Obviously the computer is limited in space and I was wondering whether I should move my "user" folder which will include documents, pictures, videos, etc onto the pegasus. That way the 256gb hard drive on the mac pro is dedicated solely for the os and and apps. What do you guys think?
  2. djarum69 macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2007
    Applications, and the OS to a certain extent get very fussy when they don't find the directories where Apple thinks they should go. This is also something to consider if you ever want to boot the machine without the remote drive attached (either on purpose for troubleshooting or by accident). Rather than simply moving your home directory to the external, consider moving individual directories, like Music to the external drive, and make a symbolic link for the folder where it belongs on the SSD.

    Symbolic links are generally more transparent to applications, and are much preferred to Aliases. I use this Symbolic Link Contextual Menu to make symlinks because the Unix command's order of sources and destination always seems backwards to me.
  3. hfg macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    Apple provides a easy and "legal" means to move your home directory to a different drive ... go to SystemPreferences/UsersGroups, unlock the lock, and right-click on your userName selecting "Advanced Options". There you will find a "Home Directory" path that you can change ... no symlinks required and OS updates will not break this change.
  4. alen655321 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2014
    So would you say that this is safer, or as safe as using symlinks? I'm looking for which ever method would be a more "official" way of doing things to avoid any sort of conflict.
  5. danny_w macrumors 601

    Mar 8, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Unfortunately some apps like Dropbox don't track these changes like they should. And I had another problem when I tried putting my home folder on an external TB drive; after waking from sleep the computer was unresponsive for a few seconds. I suspect the delay may have been caused by the extra wake-up time required for TB devices but have no proof of that.

Share This Page