I have a new Mac mini that I'm using as an HTPC. I have an external drive that I want to use to store all of my media, and it seems like the best option would be to move my home folder to this drive so that I don't end up with two Movies folder, two Pictures folder, etc... Anyway, I followed some directions I found online about going into System Preferences and the Accounts options to change my home folder location. After doing so, and restarting, all of my system and application preferences were lost. After doing some digging it looks like this is because not only were the media folders moved, so was all the hidden folders such as the Library folder that resides in the home folder. I'm wondering now if this is going to cause more trouble than it's worth. Ideally I just wanted to store my media on the external drive and have the main Movies, Pictures, Music, Downloads folders point to this external drive. I feel like storing all this other stuff on the external drive could possibly hurt the overall system performance. I'm also wondering if I'll run into issues if I ever reformat and reinstall Lion since, once I change the home folder location again, there will already be a Library folder with all the settings from my previous install there. Does this make sense? Sorry for the long rant of a post, just trying to figure out what my best option is. Thanks in advance to anyone who is able to provide some input.