Mapping ~/Music and ~/Movies to second HDD?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by piwi, May 16, 2010.

  1. piwi macrumors regular

    Dec 24, 2006

    I am going to get an SSD and put my 500GB drive in an optibay. Is there a way to make MacOS use the 500GB HDD to store files in ~/Music and ~/Movies transparently? ie I don't want to tell iTunes the iTunes library has to be located on another drive only, I want this setting to available system wide so it's cleaner and more convenient.
    I'm guessing this would have to do with symbolic links and aliases but I'm not sure how to go about it.

    Thanks for your help :)
  2. CarpetMonster macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2007
    Create the folders on the second disk and move the data and delete the folder from your first disk.

    Then in terminal (not exact, replace with your paths)

    ln -s /Volumes/Second\ HD/Music ~/Music
    ln -s /Volumes/Second\ HD/Movies ~/Movies

    If you want to remove the link, don't delete, unlink them in terminal

    unlink ~/Movies
    unlink ~/Music
  3. piwi thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 24, 2006
    I just found another way
    Sys Prefs > Accounts > Right click on your user name > Advanced and you can move your home directory there.
    Would that do the same thing? I obviously want the Apps on the SSD but I believe hey are stored in /Applications rather than ~/Applications, right?

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