Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by dtdyer01, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. dtdyer01 macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2009
    I've just got my Mac.

    I can't seem to find the answer to this. but...

    I have a 128GB SSD where OSX is installed and all the applications, iLife, CS6, Final Cut Pro X, MS Office etc.
    And a 1TB HDD.

    Now the 128GB SSD is almost full. Step by Step can someone help me and tell me how can I transfer the least used programs/applications to 1TB HDD, so I can free up the SSD.

    I tried just copying the program from the Applications Folder to the HDD, but that created what I thought was a duplicate. I then deleted the App from the application folder and tested the copy on the HDD. However it seems that it only copied a link to the SSD and not a full transfer

    Sorry I'm new to this
  2. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

    Designer Dale

    Mar 25, 2009
    Folding space
    To keep things in order as far as your system is concerned, pick apps that you don't use a lot or aren't dependent on the ssd for performance like iLife and Office. Uninstall these from the ssd and reinstall choosing the HDD as the destination. This should work, but don't try it unless you have a full backup of the entire ssd.

  3. Loa macrumors 68000


    May 5, 2003

    I'm not sure all apps can live outside the Applications folder. Make sure it works before deleting anything (that's a genal rule).

    Also, most people move their Home folder out of the SSD, instead of splitting the apps. Step by Step guides are available on the web and even in these fora. I even made one last year I think.

  4. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    I did what Loa recommended (move the home folder instead of splitting apps). I think that's what most people do.
  5. DPUser macrumors 6502a

    Jan 17, 2012
    You may want to simply move your data, not your applications. You can copy your iPhoto library and Documents to your HDD, then delete this data from your boot drive. I keep my Mail data on my boot drive, but all other data resides on separate drives. For example, my iPhoto library is over 60GB. That would fill a small SSD up quick!

    Also, point your Safari downloads to a drive other than your SSD. This can be done in Safari preferences.

    Please make sure you have a backup of everything on another device or two as well! Run Time Machine, and consider keeping a clone of your start up drive for quick restoration if necessary.
  6. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    It helps to keep your entire ~/Library directory on the SSD as well due to app support files (which will include Apple data). I have all my stuff symlinked not alias'd and not moved in System Prefs. Speed is improved. Slightly.

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