Redirecting folders (music,picture,document) to a 2nd drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kensic, Sep 3, 2016.

  1. kensic macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2013
    Hi, just bought a 2010 mac pro 5,1. and i just installed an SSD into the optical bay slot (i know I'm not using the most out of the SSD 6GB/S speed)

    since the SSD is 128gb, I would like to have all my data (music,movies,document,picture) to my extra regular hard drive.

    how do i do that? so that when i put any data into those folders it doesn't take up space in my boot SSD drive.

    thanks. yes i am also googling it.
  2. BillyBobBongo, Sep 3, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2016

    BillyBobBongo macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2007
    On The Interweb Thingy!
    You can either move the entire 'home' folder to a new drive, or you can move your iTunes Library and Photos Library to another location.

    I do the latter, as this is really easy to achieve. You just tell Photos and iTunes where the files have been moved to.

    Moving the entire 'home' folder is a bit more work:
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    What you are after is what is called a "symlink". You move the folder to the hard drive, then the symlink points to that folder. So you put files in the symlinked folder on the SSD, but they really go to the hard drive.

    There is an article here that explains it.

    Make sure you do a good backup first in case you mess up. :)

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