Looking for some informed opinions here on moving to a machine with a smaller boot volume. (Yup: SSD.) Usually (going back to somewhere around System7 days?? Ah... 60MB drives that cost more than a current new iMac... the good old days.) just clone/copy the drive across, and am done. Might have had to update an OS or the like, but pretty straight forward. But now that changes with a smaller drive... almost criminally small for my main machine, compared to what I'm used to. Probably why I've not embraced SSD for this particular machine. (Fine for laptops, etc, but not my primary workstation.) But switching machines to one that doesn't have room for a traditional drive (or multiple drives, for that matter). So, I'll probably use Migration Assistant (I've used it a lot for clients, just not on my own stuff.) for all BUT the Users directory, just to not have to deal with the Apps and other etc stuff. But a little unsure on best way to migrate the Users. Here's the plan so far: Both new and old machine to the same OS+updates Migrate all of the Apps and other stuff. Ignore primary user. Setup (or maybe just Migrate) a secondary Admin on the new machine. (I only use this for troubleshooting or as a backup if primary account has issues.) Directory is small enough to live on SSD and, thus can be used without dependence on external drive in case of problem. ???? ???? Redirect primary user's Home Directory to directory on external HDD (actually a Thunderbolt RAID, but whatever). Profit So the area I'm looking or input is 4 & 5: 4) Setup existing user and 5) clone/copy/transfer/whatever existing User home that's too big for SSD to external HDD. Basically transferring or setting up the existing primary user/admin so that all of the necessary info is on the SSD but the bulk of the home is not. I have about 4 or 5 different ideas of how to approach this, but looking for people that have done this for suggestions on what to do. Or... maybe more importantly... suggestions of what NOT to do if you've tried something and discovered unexpected pitfalls. If it matters, both machines will be Sierra. I have all of the hardware/cables/whatever (and then some) so that's not a concern. Thanks in advance for helpful suggestions! EDIT: Oh, yeah... have CCC/SuperDuper!/etc and have used them a lot. So could just use one of those and exclude the user directory, but then still have don't have answers on 4 & 5. So, don't get caught up on the Migration Assistant mention (yes, I know it has problems and I also know my way around them... I guess I'm just being lazy as the new machine already has a clean OS install on it, and I thought I'd give MA a shot on my 30-ish year old System Folder). EDIT 2: Sorry, keep forgetting stuff. Yes I can trim down the existing user home to fit. Already the Music lives on a local server. But, A) I'd rather not splinter the Home more, and B) other things like iDevice backups (~/Library) and Mail keep pushing the size up so I'd rather have the whole directory off of the boot.