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10.4: Move Users directory to another partition
Authored by: FOOOD on Apr 16, '07 09:02:12AM

The way I've always done it (when changing my user folder to a different volume called Data) is to open Netinfo Manager & go to Users.
Then change the original from:

/Users/*yourusername*


To:

/Volumes/Data/*yourusername*



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10.4: Move Users directory to another partition
Authored by: Gigacorpse on Apr 17, '07 12:06:00PM

Personally, that is how I do it, as the only user on my computer is me. My normal everyday account is unprivledged and I keep my admin account's home directory on the system partition. I also store all my third party applications in ~/Applications, so that nothing is changed outside of my personal home directory.



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10.4: An EASY way to move Users directory to another partition
Authored by: Cat2Mac on Apr 23, '07 02:14:25PM
I have experimented with most of the processes mentioned above, & have used the fstab/uuid method since 10.2 quite successfully. However, there has also been a problem with the "phantom /Users directory & associated drive." You may notice that /Users disapears from Finder; also, some disk utilities (such as iStat) don't see the drive (2nd internal SATA in my case). This had been a minor nuisance, but lately I wanted things simpler & more reliable:

1. First create 2 admin accounts, let's call them AA & BB.

2. Login to AA & open a Terminal window.

IMPORTANT: You must be completely logged out of BB... Busy files (in use by BB) will cause problems. Also, you must remove the "NewUser" partition from /etc/fstab (recommend deleting fstab)

3 cd /Users

4. sudo cp -Rp BB /Volumes/NewUsers/BB

5. sudo mv BB BB.old (#save the original for now)

6. sudo ln -s /Volumes/NewUsers/BB

7. Restart & login as BB ... DONE! No other settings need be modified. You should see /Users; plus, iStat & other apps will see all mounted drives.

You can leave AA in /Users, move it to the NewUsers volume (perform steps 2 - 6, login as BB & move AA), or delete as desired. Delete the /Users/BB.old folder once you are satisfied that everything is working OK...

NOTE: As of 10.4 "cp" is able to correctly handle resource forks.

I have found this process to be fast, simple to perform (steps 3 - 6 do the actual work), & uses the same techniques as OSX: look at /etc, /tmp, /var, they are all symbolic links into /private.

I hope this helps ...

Stan Lubiak

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10.4: An EASY way to move Users directory to another partition
Authored by: martycastilla on Apr 23, '07 02:43:34PM

Any reason for not updating Netinfo with the change to the actual home directory path? I'm still trying to understand Netinfo so forgive my ignorance.

BTW: thanks for the tip on cp in 10.4



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10.4: An EASY way to move Users directory to another partition
Authored by: Cat2Mac on Apr 24, '07 08:52:53AM

My experience is that Unix command line apps DON'T use netinfo.



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