I have a Mac Pro with 4 hard drive bays and I am thinking of moving my home (user) folder to another hard drive, so in the end one hard drive will contain my system & app’s (boot drive), a drive with my home folder (data drive) and finally a Time Machine drive. I read it can be done, but that it could potentially cause problems . . . some software updates could get confused as to where the Home folder is located?? MacPerformanceGuide recommends not moving it, and leaving on the boot but moving the data to a separate data drive. The only problem there is Mail insists on storing messages on the boot. MacPerformanceGuide’s solution is to put in the following command that makes a symbolic link (below copied from MacPerformanceGuide):
0. Quit Apple Mail, and make a backup of your mail folder.
1. Copy the Mail folder to the top level of your data drive (or elsewhere, then modify step 3 appropriately).
2. Rename the original mail folder to Mail.old as an additional backup.
3. Start a Terminal window and type:
ln -s /Volumes/Master/Mail Library/Mail
This makes a symbolic link to the folder Mail on the volume Master (type the name of your volume, and use quotes around it if the volume name contains a space character). The resulting file Library/Mail is a tiny file that says “look over there on /Volumes/Master/Mail instead”.
From here on out Apple Mail won’t know the difference! Launch Apple Mail and verify that it worked. If you encounter problems, simply copy your backup back into place.
What do you recommend? Which method is safer? In the future I plan on buying a SSD for my boot drive which will contain the system and app’s, but not sure if I should completely move my Home Folder or just the data as MacPerformanceGuide talks about
– Pierre Highland