View Full Version : Home Folder over Several Drives

8th July 2008, 10:04 PM
Can anyone tell me if its possible to have the contents of your home directory spread over several drives ie Movies, Music and Photos on one drive and Documents on another.

If so, can you tell me how to set it up so the Icons appears on the sidebar in Finder.

Thanks in advance

8th July 2008, 10:34 PM
Yes, that's simple to do. Move the folders out of your home folder to the other drive and just replace them with a symlink. As for the sidebar, you can just drag the folders to it once you have moved them.

8th July 2008, 10:42 PM
Whats a symlink? Is that similar to aliases?

8th July 2008, 11:51 PM
A symlink, or symbolic link to give it its full name, is like an alias but more powerful, and has its roots in the Unix world. To find out more on symlinks and how they can be useful, read this MacOS X Hints tutorial (http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=2001110610290643).

By itself, the Mac OS X Finder doesn't know how to make a symlink, but it understands them and can follow them. Symlinks appear as a normal icon in the Finder, they won't have the little curly alias arrow on them, even though they point to another physical location on your local drive(s).

Programs such as iTunes, iPhoto and the like won't always work properly when asked to follow an alias, but they will work properly with a symlink ... which is what it sounds like you're wanting to do.

The easiest way to make symlinks without having to go anywhere near that horrible Terminal is via a handy contextual menu plug-in called Make Symlink (http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/21134). Not free, but in its crippled-shareware state it should be able to do what you need.