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peter tours
Move Download and Documents To New Drive?
on Jul 8, 2015 at 4:22:07 pm

My 2010 Mac Pro system disc is getting pretty full, and almost half of it is the contents of the Documents folder or the Download Folder.

My question is, can I move those folders to another drive? I have all four bays filled (3 x 1tb plus apple raid card = 3tb raid 0)

I can put a fifth drive in the open optical bay, but is is possible to move and or keep those folders there and get them off the system drive?

Or should I just rely on my Time Machine backups and blast the files on the system disc?

Thanks in advance for advice!!

Peter Tours
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W.D. Conine
Re: Move Download and Documents To New Drive?
on Jul 19, 2015 at 1:41:28 am

If this fifth drive would serve as a permanent addition, you can absolutely move them over and set up your system to automatically reference and refer to them on said drive instead of your system drive with ease.


Create "Documents" and "Downloads" folders on the fifth drive. Move your files to the appropriate, new folder. Then wipe them from your system drive.

Go to Finder and in your sidebar, right click on them one at a time and select "Remove from sidebar". Open up the 5th drive, drag 'n drop the new folders onto the sidebar and they will stick. They will now have generic folder icons, sadly, but it's a small price to pay.

The real tedious work is going through your programs, like Safari, hunting through their settings, and redirecting download locations to the 5th drive. You, as well, have to remember now to be saving to these newer locations.

All in all, this is completely plausible with just a lil' extra effort. It's for your very space concerns that on my system, I always have a small SSD system drive, a 500GB-1TB "document drive" for all of those system folders, and a row of terabytes for projects and the like. My system drive only has the OS, my applications, and related libraries on it. I've had run into no problems keeping my custom document folders elsewhere.

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peter tours
Re: Move Download and Documents To New Drive?
on Jul 22, 2015 at 3:46:47 pm

Thanks for the reinforcement and the tips. I'd add an SSD for cache, hell I'd add an SSD for they system disc, but I don't have any SSDs and I have lots of hard drive so I partitioned a 1TB drive 70/30 for User Files and Cache respectively.

Installing 5th drive today, then following your instructions.

Thanks for the tips!

Peter Tours
TnT Video Services, Inc.
Fort Lauderdale, FL

TRI EA5 1974-1977
Convergence ECS1B 1977-1979
Sony BVE 500 1979 - 1984
Datatron Vanguard 1984 - 1993
GVG VPE141 1993 - 1998
Media 100 1995 - 2006
Final Cut Pro 2005 2012
Adobe Creative Cloud


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