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echo44

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On older versions of Mac Os you could store folders directly to the hard drive directory
Now I get the error message "you do not have permission"

It seems the only place to store folders is on the desktop ?

Any ideas where the best place to put folders other than the desktop?

EX. lets say I have a folder of "lectures" I want to keep these off the desktop

Thx
 

Fishrrman

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Feb 20, 2009
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I never like the idea of having "all my stuff" confined to the home folder in the users folder.

So...
I've partitioned my drives, so that I have the following partitions:
- Boot -- limited to the OS, apps, and a basic "home" folder
- Main -- where all my personal, financial, Mac-related data resides (except for the next two)
- Media -- for my photos, and other media-related files
- Music -- for music files (of course).

This means FOUR icons representing my internal drive on the desktop, instead of one.
But... I know where things are.
Works for me.
 

fisherking

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Jul 16, 2010
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ny somewhere
I never like the idea of having "all my stuff" confined to the home folder in the users folder.

So...
I've partitioned my drives, so that I have the following partitions:
- Boot -- limited to the OS, apps, and a basic "home" folder
- Main -- where all my personal, financial, Mac-related data resides (except for the next two)
- Media -- for my photos, and other media-related files
- Music -- for music files (of course).

This means FOUR icons representing my internal drive on the desktop, instead of one.
But... I know where things are.
Works for me.

just out of curiousity, what's wrong with the home folder?...
 
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Fishrrman

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Feb 20, 2009
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"just out of curiousity, what's wrong with the home folder?..."

Because I have my data on separate partitions, it makes it easier to back up.
I use ONLY cloned backups created with CarbonCopyCloner.

For example:
When I connect my backup drive (SSD), and open CCC, and choose to clone my "Main" partition, the clone takes.... 5 seconds.
FIVE SECONDS... count 'em.

I also prefer to have my data "separate and apart" from my OS/apps.
This way, if something goes wrong with the OS partition, chances are the OTHER partitions will have been "left intact".
 

fisherking

macrumors G4
Jul 16, 2010
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ny somewhere
"just out of curiousity, what's wrong with the home folder?..."

Because I have my data on separate partitions, it makes it easier to back up.
I use ONLY cloned backups created with CarbonCopyCloner.

For example:
When I connect my backup drive (SSD), and open CCC, and choose to clone my "Main" partition, the clone takes.... 5 seconds.
FIVE SECONDS... count 'em.

I also prefer to have my data "separate and apart" from my OS/apps.
This way, if something goes wrong with the OS partition, chances are the OTHER partitions will have been "left intact".

uh... what? i use CCC as well; how fast does a backup have to be? i can work while it's running. and, since you already have a backup, why worry in advance about something going wrong with your main drive?

anyway, no harm in what you're doing, but, i imagine, for 99% of macusers, it's serious overkill.
 

dsemf

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Jul 26, 2014
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I never like the idea of having "all my stuff" confined to the home folder in the users folder.

So...
I've partitioned my drives, so that I have the following partitions:
- Boot -- limited to the OS, apps, and a basic "home" folder
- Main -- where all my personal, financial, Mac-related data resides (except for the next two)
- Media -- for my photos, and other media-related files
- Music -- for music files (of course).

This means FOUR icons representing my internal drive on the desktop, instead of one.
But... I know where things are.
Works for me.
Interesting concept. What are the mount points for the partitions? Boot, of course, will be /.

DS
 

FreakinEurekan

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Sep 8, 2011
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I've partitioned my drives, so that I have the following partitions:
Partitioned, or just created separate Volumes? I can see a bit of value in having things separated that way, e.g. if your Media volume gets too large, you can just move it to an external but keep the mount point the same etc.

But, if you're making PARTITIONS for each of those you're artificially limiting size to each one, and potentially running into storage issues on another. If you just make a Volume for each, where each Volume shares a single Partition, that makes more sense.
 

Fishrrman

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"But, if you're making PARTITIONS for each of those you're artificially limiting size to each one, and potentially running into storage issues on another. If you just make a Volume for each, where each Volume shares a single Partition, that makes more sense."

I've had no problems regarding "size".
For example, my "main" partition is 50gb in size.
I've "used" 17.6gb.
Still have 32gb of free space.
And that's after 32 years of accumulating the files that I normally store in the "main" partition...
 

FreakinEurekan

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Sep 8, 2011
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"But, if you're making PARTITIONS for each of those you're artificially limiting size to each one, and potentially running into storage issues on another. If you just make a Volume for each, where each Volume shares a single Partition, that makes more sense."

I've had no problems regarding "size".
For example, my "main" partition is 50gb in size.
I've "used" 17.6gb.
Still have 32gb of free space.
And that's after 32 years of accumulating the files that I normally store in the "main" partition...
Sure, but that's 32GB of wasted space that you can't use for anything else. If it's all in Volumes (simple to do with APFS), that space is available to all other volumes too.
 
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