User Folder Locations ?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by drsox, Nov 13, 2011.

  1. drsox macrumors 65816

    drsox

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    #1
    Just got my shiny new MacBook Air and am trying to migrate from Win7 to OSX.
    Here's a question about folder locations in the OSX user space.

    I want to have my user data on a NAS not in the MBA local SSD.
    I can mount the NAS share using the User login items in System Preferences but I can find no info on where the apps store their data.

    e.g. in iMail, where does iMail store the emails ? In Outlook there is a *.pst file that can be moved anywhere (within limits).
    How can I get iMail to look for a "Mail Store" on a share on the NAS ?

    Until I can solve this, I'm forced to use Win7 in Parallels where I know how to get Outlook, Word, Excel etc to work with NAS shares.

    Thanks.
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    Most applications store their data in ~/Library and there is no way to have them use anything else. I'd recommend against moving part/all of your home folders to a NAS since the laptop is not always going to be connected to the NAS
     
  3. drsox thread starter macrumors 65816

    drsox

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    Not true in my case. The MBA is a portable iMac as far as I am concerned. It will always be within range of an internal WiFi network or linked to a TBD.

    Looks like I'll be continuing to use Win7 apps then.
     

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