moving installed programs to 2nd hdd

Discussion in 'macOS' started by chinhiphone, May 11, 2011.

  1. chinhiphone macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2009
    is it possible to move programs from my main hdd to my 2nd caddy hdd? is there a certain process to do this or is the only way uninstall and reinstall? there are just too many programs to uninstall and redownload the instller dmg to reinstall into a new location
  2. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    Are you wanting to move all your apps across, or just selected ones?
    If it's all, the easiest way would be to copy the /Applications folder across to the new disk and then create a symlink from the new location to /Applications
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    It depends on the program. Some larger applications like those in the Office Suite, Photoshop, FCP, etc. should NOT be simply dragged and dropped over- they need to be un/reinstalled properly. Smaller applications like Firefox can be dragged over.
  4. chinhiphone thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2009
    mainly just smaller applications... i want to make more room for the more extensive programs like logic and ableton

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