Partitioning my OS X

Discussion in 'OS X and OS X Apps' started by viral_variance, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. viral_variance

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    Hi everyone,

    Is it possible for me to move my /home to a different mount/partition? Are there any built-in or 3rd party tools that does this job?


    This is so i can reinstall my Mac OS X Leopard without touching /home. basically, i want to separate data from applications.


    Thanks
     
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    Hi. Try iPartition. U can partition ur drive safely without needing to format. I use this a lot myself when needing to resize existing volumes or just want to move them around. Hope this helps.
    Cheers MacHeads!!!:)
     
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    why not create a partiotion using disk utility and move your home there. if it doesn't work, make new folders in your partition and move your files there.
     
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    Moving your Home folder, while possible, isn't recommended since some System Updates and Applications always expect the Home folder to be located on the boot drive/partition. This could result in Apps not launching and updates not installing.

    If you are reinstalling Leopard, just use the Archive and Install option to preserve your current user folder and everything in it.
     
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    ^^ is it? from what i know best practice is always to separate data and applications/OS. if Mac OS X is truly unix-based, then this shouldn't be an issue.
     
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    Did u consider buying and external HD and putting in all your Data there?
     
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    i have an external HD for backup.
     
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    Like I said, IT IS POSSIBLE, with caveats. Mac OS X may be Unix-based but it doesn't mean that it is Unix. Best practice for Windows of making several partitions doesn't necessarily mean it's the best practice for Mac. Well, it is your Mac. You are free to move your home folder anywhere, but if your Security Updates won't install, don't say I didn't warn you.
     
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    I wasn’t basing this practice from windows, but from linux. This is a server-grade standard. I just want to practice it as well. Trying to be a small-time sysadmin with my macbook, as this is the nearest I could get to unix without the boring interface of KDE or gnome. I just want to learn.

    Couldn’t find any literature pertaining to software updates issues relating from separating /home. Hope you could provide if there are any so I could learn more re mac os x.

    thanks
     
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    i have had two partitions since then in my macbookpro, and i always make it a point to put my /home folder on the second partition. well, software updates work everytime, and re-installing osx makes it very easy for me to keep my preferences intact.
     
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    In my opinion, having partitions will lead you to clutters eventually. I think that's why Time Capsule evolved. I don't have an external yet but i would probably get one so i can back up my files and not the home folder in general, that would mean excluding the system apllications. I can be enlightened though if there's a better productive way of doing this.
     
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    i think clutter more or less depends on how a person uses his space. i for one find it really easy to just backup one drive (other partition where i put my /home folder), i'm a bit oc, i always do a clean install no matter what. :)
     
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    i agree. there are a lot of effective file management techniques out there, pick your poison :)

    btw, a good reason for separating your home from applications is in the event of disk failure. Yes, you can have backups, but backups are only as good as your latest backup is, you are the mercy of your backup schedule. This is why some people even have a RAID setup, for mirroring or striping, depending on your needs.
     
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    ... and others use rsync(1), tar(1) in a multitude of configurations.
     
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    yes, rsync is nice, until i found unison from a friend of mine :) but day in, day out, rsync is handy.
     

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