Move entire user folder to data drive, or symbolic link?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by laser71, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. laser71 macrumors regular

    Nov 29, 2010
    Hi All,

    Just installed a 750GB WD drive in my optibay, and am relived to see everything works great.

    Presently everything is installed on my SSD. I want to keep my SSD for the OS and applications, and the 750GB drive for data.

    I was originally going to do this by simply switching the user account location entirely to the HDD, using the Admin tools. I tested it out and everything worked fine.

    However, I'm not sure if this is the right approach. I noticed the /Library folder in my user account, and am concerned it may be needed to run some programs, and hence slow down my applications.

    What is best? Both from a performance and ease of use standpoint.
    1) Move the entire user folder to the HDD.
    2) Leave the user folder on the SSD, and create symbolic links for the media folders to the HDD.

    Any advice is much appreciated!
  2. finchwizard macrumors member


    Nov 15, 2005
    I would personally stick to what you've done by moving the entire home folder

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