Questions: Home Folder on a Separate Drive

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Chaszmyr, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

    Chaszmyr

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    Is it possible to use Filevault and/or Time Machine (to back up the home folder, obviously) if the home folder is not on the boot drive?

    Additionally, is there anything else I should know about before I set up my computer this way?
     
  2. Chaszmyr thread starter macrumors 601

    Chaszmyr

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    Anyone? I need to know so I can choose the right SSD size.
     
  3. VideoFreek macrumors 6502

    VideoFreek

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    Yes, TM will backup the other drive.

    You may want to do a bit of research to determine whether you really want to move your home folder. Many report that this works fine, but there are some reports of problems (e.g., software update getting confused if the home folder is not on the startup volume). There are alternatives--you can leave the home folder where it is and set up data folders (for media files, etc.) on other drives.
     
  4. Chaszmyr thread starter macrumors 601

    Chaszmyr

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    Is there any way to have the Desktop not located in the Home folder, that's a bit of a sticking point with me.


    The bigger issue though is FileVault. I like how Time Machine and FileVault work together to make automatically encrypted backups.
     
  5. VideoFreek macrumors 6502

    VideoFreek

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    Naw, the desktop needs to be in your home folder. Not sure why this is an issue for you? :confused:
     

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