What happens if I move my entire App folder?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by TheMonarch, Sep 27, 2005.

  1. TheMonarch macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2005
    Bay Area
    Would it mess anything up if I move my entire App folder? To say, an external HD? Its taking quite a bit of space on my PB...

    I'm not exactly going to do this at the moment, nor will it be for sure. Just like to know my options :)

  2. dogbone macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2005
    S33.687308617200465 E150.31341791152954
    Presumably after you get back the space on your HD from moving the app folder to the external drive, you will save new files to this newly created space.

    So why not just leave the app folder where it is and save your new files to the extermal drive where you would have put the app folder?

    Moving the app folder could cause you teeth to explode.
  3. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    Yes, I don't recommend this. For one thing, software updater utilities (including Apple's own for OS X) will often get tripped up by this and bad things could happen. In general, you don't want to mess with things above your home folder in the directory tree (which /Applications is). I recommend fiding something else to move/delete instead. There's a good chance there's a lot of "pork" sitting around on your drive in various places.
  4. iEdd macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2005
    Yeah I recommend using omnidisksweeper to search and remove large files you don't want to free up space..
    As for moving apps, I'd only recommend doing that with ones you drag from a disk image or a sit file, etc.. The ones that run installers will get messed up by being moved (unless you install them on the external drive in the first place)
  5. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Moving /Applications is a bad idea. Too many application updaters expect the application to be there.

    Also, if you do that, you now have a less portable laptop since you would be tied to having the external drive connected and powered on to do anything. And if something does wrong, you Disk Utility (in /Applications/Utilities) is now on the external drive.

    Find other stuff to clean up. Or if your drive is really that full, maybe replace the disk in the PowerBook.
  6. 20rogersc macrumors 65816


    Jun 28, 2005
    Brighton, UK
    You may beable to get round this by moving the app folder to the external hard drive then creating an alias, and put it where it started of. This should allow software update to work as well, but I'm not sure.

  7. caveman_uk Guest


    Feb 17, 2003
    Hitchin, Herts, UK
    Bad things....I really wouldn't do it.

    I'd suggest that you move something else less critical. Your iTunes folder may be a good place to start.

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