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    iMac Offload Of of SSD
    Hey guys, I have a 2TB HDD and a 128GB SSD. I don't know if its all one fusion drive or separate drives. My SSD gets full really quickly so is there a way I can just move everything and have it start saving on the HDD and keep the operating system on the SSD so it boots quicker?

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    Open up Disk Utility and show us how your drives are partitioned. If you see a single partition, then that means that the OS is managing both drives as one and is determining where things go.

    If you see two partitions, then you'll to do some work moving things around. Be careful moving the OS bits around as you could easily break your system. I would suggest that the /Applications folder is one that can be moved with the least consequence on the OS.
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    A fusion drive is two separate drives. See if anything here helps, https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202574? You should move your user (Home) folder, or all the data (files) you keep in it. Your media files (images, music and video) usually take up the most storage space.

    If you can create another Volume (partition) then you should be able to move your home folder there, https://computers.tutsplus.com/tutor...ume--mac-48822.

    https://support.apple.com/guide/disk...ty/welcome/mac

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raz0rEdge View Post
    Open up Disk Utility and show us how your drives are partitioned. If you see a single partition, then that means that the OS is managing both drives as one and is determining where things go.

    If you see two partitions, then you'll to do some work moving things around. Be careful moving the OS bits around as you could easily break your system. I would suggest that the /Applications folder is one that can be moved with the least consequence on the OS.
    So I had bought this from someone else and he had three different partitions with Bootcamp as well. I reset everything and now I only have the SSD and the HDD in the disk utility.

    Quote Originally Posted by ferrarr View Post
    A fusion drive is two separate drives. See if anything here helps, https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202574? You should move your user (Home) folder, or all the data (files) you keep in it. Your media files (images, music and video) usually take up the most storage space.

    If you can create another Volume (partition) then you should be able to move your home folder there, https://computers.tutsplus.com/tutor...ume--mac-48822.

    https://support.apple.com/guide/disk...ty/welcome/mac
    I tried that, but when I logged back in, nothing was in that User. LIke the documents and desktop and stuff. Everything came back when I moved the User file back.

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    I'm trying to move my user folder, which is an admin, to the HDD from the SSD but it doesn't work. The files will transfer and I'll go to usergroups and change the file path from Users/{username} to Volumes/{path}/{username} but when I restart and log in, its as if its a new account. None of my preferences are there and none of my files are there. How do I fix this? I'm also running the latest software.



    And also, when I log into that account, I can see the files but it says I don't have permissions to open any of them even though I'm an Admin.



    Also it keeps prompting me to put the password to repair my library, I put my password but the prompt keeps popping up and it doesn't go away.

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    Read this: https://www.lifewire.com/move-macs-h...cation-2260157 I know you said you did this, but follow the steps very carefully and it should work. Note that the "/" mark is key in the path. In post #5 you said you changed to "Volumes/{path}/{username}" but left off the "/" that needs to be in front of Volumes to start the path at the root.

    What you are trying to do is risky, but that article says how to do it. The one thing I would NOT do is the Verify section, Step 7. Instead of deleting the original home directory, I would just transfer the contents of that folder to the trash and leave the folder there. There are some apps that will default to that location even if the home folder is clearly indicated elsewhere, and if it's not there, they will crash. So leave the old home folder there and just periodically check to see if anything has been put there and you can identify what app put it there.

    Your system will be slower with this arrangement as most of your read and writes are to the home folder, which is now going to be on the slower spinner drive.

    What I think happened is that somehow the system's fusion drive got un-fused.

    BTW, the reason you can't see those files on that other drive is that it's not yours, according to the system security. Security is very strong on macOS. I know that YOU think that the owner of the files is you, but the system says you own what is in your Home directory and little else. Those files you moved to the spinner are, to the system, someone else's files. Get the process done right and you will be the owner of those files, but maybe not the ones in the old Home folder. If you end up in that condition, come back, there are some ways to sort things out.

    But let's get the Home directory over first and see.
    Jake

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    Don't do that. Keep the user folder and operating system on the 128GB PCI-e blade drive.

    Something is taking up space on your blade drive such as iTunes, Movies, Photos etc. When I had a late 2013 Fusion the entire OS, Office and all apps used up about 59GB. If tris was a pre-loved machine suggest you get whatever OS you are going to use from the App Store, burn it to an 8GB thumb drive, erase both drives in Disk Utility and do a clean install of the OS. Do a back up to an external hard drive first.
    Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    I have to agree with Harry. Don't move your home off the SSD. Your home folder has a couple of hundred preference/settings files (mostly invisible files) that get read more often than just about anything. You can move your Documents, Movies, Pictures, Music folders to the HD. Here is one guide:
    https://apple.stackexchange.com/ques...ifferent-drive

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    Or, If you want performance and everything internal, why not re-fuse the drives? https://www.macworld.com/article/201...ion-drive.html is an old article, but it should still work. And then there is this one, too: https://www.lifewire.com/setting-up-...ve-mac-2260165

    Just remember, if you use either of those to re-fuse the drives, you will erase everything on both, so make backups and be ready to install the OS again. Maybe make a bootable USB installer?
    Jake

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