Lost Main SSD after moving User

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  1. Brianh9, Aug 8, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2017

    Brianh9 macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2017
    I followed great advice on site and successfully split main SSD and HDD on iMac Late 2014 27". I replaced the HDD with new 1TB SSD. Main SSD works fine after restoring from TM backup.

    Now i am looking to relocate my user folders e.g. Docs etc to the new 1TB SSD. I followed advice from web but on rebooting the main SSD (original 128G) has disappeared and now unable to access. Possibly the advice i followed was older and not relevant to Sierra. To continue use I have now rebooted using Command / R and reloaded TM backup so I now have both drives active.

    How can i relocate my user folders and retain both drives? Preferably booting from the man 120G SSD?
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    You don't want to relocate your -accounts-. They should stay on the boot drive -- fewer problems that way.

    What you -DO- want to relocate are a few "large libraries" that exist -within- those accounts.

    For example:
    - iTunes folder inside the "Music" folder (not the Music folder itself)
    - iPhoto library and/or Photos library inside the "Pictures" folder
    - Movies (not the "Movies" folder, but just store individual movies on the other drive somewhere)

    You can then "re-direct" iTunes, iPhoto, Photos to use the relocated libraries.
  3. snowtrooper1966 macrumors regular


    Oct 13, 2011
    Clarksburg, WV
    Great advice, almost forgot about the importance of keeping the main folders on the boot drive and just redirecting for the large media sub folders.

    Just upgraded late 2012 1.12TB Fusion MacMini to spankin new 2017 27" 580/4.2GHz/8GB RAM (self
    Installing additional 32GB)/1TB SSD either external 4TB Thunderbolt 3 HDD

    Going to start fresh with the new iMac, not restore from TM backup.
    Had pulled the iPhoto & iTunes libraries off the Mini and into the external that arrived before the desktop, so will go down a level and just redirect to the media folder, not the upper level account.
  4. Brianh9 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2017
    Great advice many thanks and I fell happier with this method than the moved "User" I tried.

    I can understand that for specific folders like iTunes and Photos its is easy to direct the app to the relocated folder. But how do I relocate the docs folder such that the iMac now sees the relocated docs folder as the "user" doc folder?

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