OS X SL - Moving some folder in the Home Folder

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  1. jdaniel macrumors 65816

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    hi guys
    So i would like to move some of the media folders in the home folder to another partition, for example the Movies, Pictures, Music, maybe even Documents and also keep the folder icons.

    Just recreating them in the other partition I lose the folder icons/designs so is there a good way to do this?

    I have already recreated a downloads folder and pointed all relevant programs to download anything into that folder/partition but I dont have the nifty icon...

    I cant delete any of the existing ones in the home folder even if I recreate them and I wonder what the repercussions are if I do it to my music folder i.e itunes etc..

    chime in if you have any ideas pls . THANKS
     
  2. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    you have to move your home folder to the other partition. Google -> how to move home folder snow leopard
     
  3. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    Does this work. Before you move the folder open the Info panel, select the icon, and choose Copy from Finder's Edit menu.

    Transfer the folder to the new drive, open the Info panel, select the icon and then choose Paste. Does it change the icon back to the original?
     
  4. jdaniel thread starter macrumors 65816

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    thanks I tried but nothing can be copied icon wise..... :(
     
  5. jdaniel thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thing is I dont want to transfer the whole thing. Only select folders. but I tried with music/itunes folder and for some reason itunes refuses to regconize the apps especially when in the new partition although I changed nothing
     
  6. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    Hmmm...must be a Tiger thing then, because it works fine.

    This is how to move iTunes, and it will be much the same for iPhoto as well.
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1449
     
  7. jdaniel thread starter macrumors 65816

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    great i think I got it to work. thanks.
     
  8. jdaniel thread starter macrumors 65816

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    ok i moved the home folder encountered a whole host of issues too many to list but I wanted to check..... theres an applications folder in my main drive and theres another in my home folder which is in my other partition.. is that supposed to be the case and if not... how do i get rid of it? because deleting it doesnt seem to work
     
  9. mjsmke macrumors 6502a

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    Dont delete anythiing yet.

    When you move your home folder to another drive it will not have the house icon untill you change the path in system preferences then restart. check the new home folder has the house icon to be sure OSX is using this folder.

    For your iTunes music you also have to change the music folder path in iTunes preferences.

    I moved my home folder and still have the 2nd applications folder. I just left it there and i've had no problems.
     
  10. jdaniel thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yes I know this hehe but I can tell you **** starts to happen when you try and do this LOL.

    1. Have this handy: http://en.allexperts.com/q/Macintosh-OS-1063/2010/5/Locked-Internal-Partitions-Part.htm

    This command line will fix any problems.

    2. My last problem was for some reason not having access to the new partition with my home folder and no way in hell to fix it with disk utility or anything except finally using command line AND because of that somehow it affected the other partition for some reason and I have reinstall OS a few times. My comp had kernel errors so I had to reinstall.. then something else weird happened so yeah finally its working again.

    My tips for people trying to do this.

    1. You HAVE to turn off firevault
    2. You have to create another user with Admin privileges
    3. You log out of current user, log in to other, go to Mac HD partition (main) go to user, move the folder with your user name to new partition, go to accounts and change the path directory by right clicking advanced and etc etc. The you SHOULD be safe.

    I had MAJOR issues even tho I followed the instructions.....I am guessing caused by firevault and ultimately some weird permission issues and such.

    Once you have everything done you can turn firevault back on.
     

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