Moving Home Folder...

Discussion in 'macOS' started by theaero, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. theaero macrumors 6502

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    I want to move my home folder to another drive. Do I copy my home folder to the other drive, then go into sys prefs, accounts, advanced, etc and then change it?

    When I change it without copying it, none of my settings etc are still there.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816

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  3. theaero thread starter macrumors 6502

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  4. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816

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    I know, I'm just not a fan of that method. It's a personal thing.
     
  5. theaero thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ah, okay. Well heres what I did. I copied and pasted my entire original home folder to the new hard drive, and then I selected that hard drive using the sys prefs option. Seems to be okay so far. Anyone think Ill have any issues with this, or do they see any flaws in the way I did it?
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

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    How did you copy the Home folder? Via Finder or a cloning application like CCC or SuperDuper?
     
  7. theaero thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Copy/paste.

    Okay, so heres a problem I have run into. All of my apps still point to users/homefolder/* even though i changed my home folder to backupdrive/homefolder
     
  8. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816

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    And there is reason number one why I prefer to go the Unix route and mount the other hard drive as /Users. No weird quirks like that. Everything works the same as a default installation, even though your home folder is on a completely seperate drive.
     
  9. Sydde macrumors 68020

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    I do both. Set the home folder in System Preferences, and also add a symlink in /Users — there may be some poorly wriiten applications that rely on the specific absolute path from /Users. You should probably be in a different account when making these changes if possible.
     
  10. theaero thread starter macrumors 6502

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    okay,
    For example, I moved everything to a new harddrive, and switched my settings in user prefs, but even iTunes tries to find everything in Users/homefolder still... Doesn't this seem.. Wrong?
     
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