I tried moving my home folder off my boot drive by using the following directions:
After the reboot I brought up Safari. Safari acted like it was a clean new install and had no history, no bookmarks, and no saved passwords. So I must have done something wrong. I went back to the original home folder and all was restored.
I want to move my home folder off my boot drive, so that an SSD can hold the remaining boot drive data. BTW, this is on my Mac Pro.
What do you really hope to accomplish? Keeping everything on the Boot drive and backing it up would seem to be the logical thing to do. What is the "benefit" of doing what you are trying to do? Also it would seem to be very severely restricting system usability. I can't believe that any speed improvement would be worth this much work, not to mention the expense.
I listen to Leo LaPorte who is constantly having me spend money. SSD drives are limited in space, I can get a 250GB drive for just under $500..
My current boot drive has 260GB of data. I wanted to move the home folder to have enough space for the rest of my data which would be about 60GB on the SSD.
I hear with an SSD, application loading is almost instant. I have 3 other drives in my Mac. One 1.5TB for storage, Two 1TB drives joined in raid 0 for quick work space.
Have you considered getting rid of the not needed files that are loaded with OSX?
Language files, printer drivers and many others. Also are you using Snow Leopard which is smaller on it's own?
Are you continuously opening and closing the same apps over and over? If not where is the time saving? Possibly you might want to look into a 10,000 RPM drive in the 500GB to 1TB size range. They are considerably faster at loading programs and considerably less expensive than a 250GB drive for $500 dollars.
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I have accomplished this on OS X server by following these steps ...
1: Creating the user account and home folder normally
2: Delete the newly created home folder
3: Create a Unix symbolic link to the folder I want to be the home folder in the "Users" directory and rename it accordingly.
4 Reset permissions on the various directories as needed.
Permissions play a big part in Unix in deciding what will work and what won't. If you tried what the article stated with no success, I'd check the read/write/owner permission on the new folder you just created.
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