Move Home Folder or no?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by MrMJS, Aug 29, 2014.

  1. MrMJS macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2014

    I am installing an SSD in place of my SuperDrive on my iMac. I will keep the 1Tb drive for date and run the OS and Apps on the SSD. Should I move the home folder over to the 1Tb drive or just save documents to the 1Tb drive and leave home folder on SSD? [what is the best practice?]

    Also, will time machine backup both HD's?

  2. MCAsan, Aug 29, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2014

    MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    Suggestion: leave the superdrive alone and replace the HD with an SSD for boot/cache/apps and basic data like contacts, email, Install an USB3 or thunderbolt drive (7200rpm) as a Library drive. Install the second external drive for TM backups (if you do not use a Time Capsule. With a USB 3 enclosure or docking station that supports UASP you can get read/write speeds that are as fast as using thunderbolt as the transport.

    My rMBP setup: I left my home folder on the rMBP SSD. I simply created folders (Pictures, Music, Videos, Documents...etc) on my external library drive. All my music, videos, documents, pictures...etc. sit on the external library drive. When I do a photo shoot or field trip the images are imported to the SSD, culled, edited, and them moved to the subfolders under /Pictures on the library drive. My Lightoom catalog is on the SSD. It is backed up the library drive /Pictures folder. All my raw images (100k+) are on the library drive.

    At home TM backs up both the internal SSD and external library drive to a separate 6TB drive. When I am at a shoot or field trip, I have a 1 TB drive to do TM backups of just the SSD.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    IMO don't move the home folder. Seems like every time I see this done it causes problems because certain apps expect the home folder to be in the usual location. I would just move your big folders like Music and Pictures etc to the other drive.

    Yes it will. When you set it up look in Time Machine options to make sure the second drive is not on the "excluded" list.
  4. MrMJS thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2014
    Thank you for your help!

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