Migrating to Imac where SSD not large enough

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  1. likegadgets macrumors 6502

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    Planning on ordering a new 2011 iMac with a 256GB SSD and 2TB drive.
    Current 2010 iMac hard drive has one drive with about 375GB.

    In previous migrations - it was as simple as booting the source Mac with the "T" and allowing the transfer via Firewire.

    The full image will not fit on the 256GB SSD. I know I can manually move user files to an external drive and reduce the image for a full copy and then move that data to the HD on the new iMac.

    Any better suggestions?
     
  2. Icaras macrumors 603

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    Good question and thread. I'm in the same situation...I have roughly 400GB on my current drive and am planning to move to the dual hard drive setup as well....I was originally thinking of restoring from my Time Machine, but deselecting my Music folder, as thats where basically most of my space goes to, then manually dragging that from Time Machine onto the 1 or 2 TB HD.

    This is the best I can think of at the moment. I'd love to hear other ideas though too.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I would only transfer OS X and apps so in Migration Assistant, simply don't include the users folder and whatever takes a lot space. After migration, move the other data from the other computer/external to the HD.

    You can also point your Home folder to the HD which makes managing an SSD and HD pretty easy.
     
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    How do you make OSX point the home folder elsewhere?
     
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  6. iamthedudeman macrumors 65816

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    get ready to wait awhile. I ordered a 27 imac the day they were available. shipping time is jun 15th arrive jun 22nd.
     
  7. johnfkitchen macrumors regular

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    This has been very helpful to me, thanks! My iMac will arrive in June, but I'm trying to get ready for fast-tracking the migration.

    In my case, I plan to have most of my data files on the 2TB hard drive, but some data files on the SSD. For example, my Aperture library (which will reference most of the images) will likely benefit from the speed, so will be on the SSD.

    So where should I be putting my Home Folder? And how will the home folder know about subfolders being on a different drive? Do I set up aliases? I have not used aliases, but I'm happy to do what it takes! :)

    Thanks.
     
  8. likegadgets thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I see the big delay if the SSD option is ordered. In the meantime the 2010 i7 works well. I wonder why such a delay for SSD
     

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