Move Homefolder to other HD

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by Edward Musch, Oct 24, 2014.

  1. Edward Musch macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2014
    I have a Mac Pro 2009, with 4 Hard disks. Advantage is that I have been able to separate data and applications. With previous OSX my homefolder was located on an other HD than OSX itself. So far so good.

    Updating to Yosemite was a struggle. I was one of the users where the update did not work-out well (even on my 2012 Mac Book Air). After several tries, I had to decide to perform a clean install. The fact that I had a good backup of data (at least on the separate HD) made the choice much easier.

    The clean install of Yosemite worked out well, except for the home folder location. In the standard setup, this home folder is located on the same HD al OSX. The instructions that worked out for Mavericks partially work for Yosemite. Copyoing the data to another HD is OK, but I'ts not possible anymore (at least not for me) to indicate where the homefolder is located. In Options/Users&groups, it was possible with a right click on the user to indicate/change the homefolder location.

    Has this been changed in Yosemite and if so, how do I change the location of the home-folder?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Perhaps, it changed, but then most people don't move their home folder, so you'l not find too much info.
  3. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    Go to Users & Groups. Click on the padlock and enter your admin password. Right click on the user in the list and click on Advanced Options...

    You can change the home folder in there.

    Other option is to use symbolic links from your home folder to your other drive(s).

    So delete ~/Movies and create a symbolic link in the home folder called Movies pointing to /Volumes/Some_other_drive/Movies

    and so forth.
  4. Edward Musch thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2014
    Apparently it's possible in Users & Groups by right clicking + <CTRL> on de desired user account. Home location has been moved tot other HD. Working fine again.
    I think doing this improves speed of the total system! Thanks for all replies!

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