Moving home folder to SSD:

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by pullman, Apr 9, 2016.

  1. pullman macrumors 6502

    pullman

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    I have a fresh El Cap install and wish to move the contents of my home folder to a separate SSD. I know how this is done.

    What I wonder is how I can ensure that the home folder's contents (desktop, documents, movies etc) are moved to the "top" of the SSD. In other words, I don't want to have:

    SSD/username/home folder content

    which would happen if I highlight the home folder and copy paste it into the SSD, but

    SSD/home folder content

    If I open the home folder and select all subfolders I know I don't get all hidden files and folders.

    But if I show hidden files/folders, select all and copy+paste, then (I believe) I won't include all various folder settings that apply to the home folder.

    Thanks for any insight
    Philip
     
  2. richard2 macrumors regular

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    The only special attribute my home folder has is an access control entry (ACE) entry that prevents its deletion:

    Code:
    $ ls -dle@O ~
    drwxr-xr-x+ 43 richard  staff  - 1462 30 Mar 17:18 /Users/richard
     0: group:everyone deny delete
     
  3. pullman thread starter macrumors 6502

    pullman

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    Thanks for the reply Richard. Unfortunately I'm not sure what that means in relation to moving the home folder's contents. Can you explain?

    Best
    Philip

     
  4. richard2 macrumors regular

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    In other words, home folders don't have any important attributes you should preserve; therefore, you should simply copy or move the contents of your home folder (including any hidden items) to the root of your other volume. :)
     
  5. pullman thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ah, that's great. Thanks very much for the clarification, Richard.

    Then I'll just show hidden files/folders, cmd-a, cmd-c and cmd-v.



     

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