Making a Macbook Pro that Kills Apple’s for $790 Less – Part 3 Finishing Up

Moving your Mac’s Home Directory to another Hard Drive

upgrade macbook pro for hundreds less tutorial part 3 Making a Macbook Pro that Kills Apples for $790 Less   Part 3 Finishing Up

This is the 3rd article of a 3-part series on Making a Mackbook Pro that Kills Apple’s for $790 Less

Read the entire series:

  1. Buying Your Macbook Pro for Far Less Money
  2. Adding an SSD Drive and Upgrading your Memory to your Macbook Pro
  3. Moving your Mac’s Home Directory to another Hard Drive

OK, so you have your new hard drives and ram in your computer, so you’re done right? Almost, but not yet. The SSD drive has fairly limited space, so you probably don’t want to store your data there. You’re going to need to move the Home directory to the mechanical hard drive.

  1. Turn your computer back on.
  2. Open Finder and copy the Users folder from the SSD drive to the SATA drive.
  3. Open your System Preferences app.
  4. Click on the Users & Groups icon under the System heading.
  5. Click the Lockicon in the lower left corner of the menu to unlock this user profile
    1. You will need to enter your system password to continue
  6. Right click on your profile and select Advanced Options.
  7. Click the Choose button next to the Home Directory field.
  8. Browse to the Users folder that you just pasted to the SATA drive.
  9. Click the OK button.
  10. You will be prompted to restart your computer. Do this.
  11. When your computer comes back on, your Home drive will be relocated.
  12. One last thing, delete the old Home drive from the SSD drive.

Video Tutorial – See it in Action

The video tutorial below shows you all of the steps listed above.

This is the 2nd article of a 3-part series on Making a Mackbook Pro that Kills Apple’s for $790 Less

Read the entire series:

  1. Buying Your Macbook Pro for Far Less Money
  2. Adding an SSD Drive and Upgrading your Memory to your Macbook Pro
  3. Moving your Mac’s Home Directory to another Hard Drive
  • imtheredude

    Nice tutorial. I have a couple of questions.
    1. If you move the home directory and perform a time machine backup, will the time machine backup save a backup of the home folder in the 2nd hdd?
    2. Is it possible to just select some of the users folder to be moved instead (ie. just move the downloads, movies, documents) in the 2nd hdd, i just want to retain the pictures, music and applications in the ssd?