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    Moving users folder to another drive or partition

    I know I saw the question post a while back about moving the Users folder to another partition or drive. I always wanted to do that as well and then I found out how to do it easily....

    this is from MacWorld Magazine:


    Open Terminal and type the following commands:

    sudo ditto -rsrc "/Users/username" "/Volumes/volumename/Users/username"

    sudo niutil -createprop / "/Users/username" home "/Volumes/volumename/Users/username"

    Sudo asks for your password to provide temporary root access, which is necessary for this exercise; volumename is the name of the new volume; and username is the name of your user folder.
    If that last line returns errors in Terminal or doesn't work, go to your NetInfo Manager in the Utilities folder. Click the lock to allow changes, look in the /users/username folder and highlight your username. Down below in the properties list there is a property that is called home, highlight that one and change the value from /Users/username to /Volumes/volumename/Users/username

    The first command (sudo ditto) copies your complete user folder, including all invisible files, to a new user folder on the volume volumename; the -rsrc option ensures that all resource forks are copied. The second command (sudo niutil) basically reassigns your home directory from the original location to the new location. (In fact, this Terminal command does exactly the same thing as using the NetInfo Manager utility to change the location of the property home for your user profile.) At this point you should log out and then log back in to make sure your user folder was copied properly to the new volume and your home folder was properly reassigned. If you're successful, open Terminal again and type the following commands:

    sudo rm -dr "/Users/username/"

    sudo ln -s "/Volumes/volumename/Users/username" "/Users/username"

    Here, the first command (sudo rm) deletes your original user folder. The second command (sudo ln) creates a symbolic link (similar to an alias in OS 9) from the main Users directory on the boot volume to your new user folder on the new volume (mainly so that it's easier to find your personal user folder, which you'll see in the standard Users directory on the boot volume).

    If you want to use this technique to move all user folders, remove /username from the first two commands above. However, you should remove (using the rm command) and link (using the ln command) each user folder individually and leave the main Users folder and the Users: Shared folder alone, because some applications require you to have the shared folder inside the Users folder on the boot volume.
    I hope this works for you all, it works great for me. The article can be found at: http://www.macworld.com/2002/06/secrets/osxsecrets.html and it was in the June edition of MacWorld Magazine
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    the great BOMBich

    which was ripped off from Bombich
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    Mac FAQs & Tips by Mike and Sarah Bombich
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    ohh yah i have done it successfully
    it did create a blank folder on the root of the osx drive that was an alias or symbolic link to the new users path
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    Thank HyperLite... I was trying to move to another volume but for got "/volumes/" in the path... was banging my head against the screen! Thank you.

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    Hi HyperLite,

    Sorry to resurect this post but I am wanting to do something similar (albeit more granular) on Lion, and hope I can ask you a question or 2.

    Note: I have an SSD and an HDD in my machine and I want to have all OS and App related stuff on the SSD and all the other stuff on the HDD (for obvious reasons )

    1) Would this still be the way to do things on OSX Lion?
    2) Can I pick and chose which /Users/username/"Folder" I want to move and,
    3) any advice about what I shld and shldn't be moving to achieve what I want

    THANKS!!!

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    Well moving your iTunes Library stuff to an external is easy. Now with your pictures and other things learn how to use an alias for the user's Pictures folders. This also could be used for Audio creation files and video creation files. With a little knowledge you can move all this to a SPEEDY (esata turnkey or ESata PCI card) external.
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    Question 1 ssd 1 hdd

    Quote Originally Posted by bengels View Post
    Hi HyperLite,

    Sorry to resurect this post but I am wanting to do something similar (albeit more granular) on Lion, and hope I can ask you a question or 2.

    Note: I have an SSD and an HDD in my machine and I want to have all OS and App related stuff on the SSD and all the other stuff on the HDD (for obvious reasons )

    1) Would this still be the way to do things on OSX Lion?
    2) Can I pick and chose which /Users/username/"Folder" I want to move and,
    3) any advice about what I shld and shldn't be moving to achieve what I want

    THANKS!!!
    Hi,

    I'm facing the same issue - did you try or find another solution?

    Thanks!

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    unfortunatly you can't delete the folder from the users folder..

 

 
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