set up symlink, or just do option key

Discussion in 'iMac' started by cypress822, Jul 14, 2012.

  1. cypress822 macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2012
    A computer with both ssd and hdd. Need the larger photo and video files to go to hdd, but the programs to remain on ssd.

    I have been told two ways. First, set up a symlink. Second, when opening the said program, click on option to tell it where to find the file folder on the hdd.

    Is there an advantage using one method over the other?

  2. dearlaserworks macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2012
    Eastern Shore, USA
    The option key method is simpler, built into the GUI of OS X, so why dive deeper into UNIX when Apple has already made it easy?
  3. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    Depends on what programs you're referring to.

    With iLife applications you can choose Libraries with the option method. In iMovie you can move project and stuff around within the application itself.

    Some other applications expect to find their files in certain places, and do not have an option-open option (heh). In that case you have to use symlinks or aliases or whatever.

    BTW, iPhoto Library Manager is real handy if iPhoto is one of the applications you're using.

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