Is it possible to move the user folders (not the home folder itself) e.g. documents, photos, music etc to another location e.g. inside my Dropbox on Mac? If so how do I do it? I know I can do this in Windows by changing the target folder for 'My Documents' but being a relative beginner on Mac OS X I am unsure how to do this.
In this case? No. However you can work around it by doing one of the following:
Change your Dropbox folder location
To do so, open up Dropbox's preference and press Move... and choose your home folder. This wouldn't be the option I'd recommend. (It's easier and more possible with Dropbox 0.8.x with selective sync and being able to move your Dropbox folder)
You can use symlinks to make it appear as though your Documents, Movies, etc. folders are in the Dropbox folder without actually breaking the file system (and having the folders recreated) that Mac OS X is expecting.
You'll need to do this in the Terminal but you can run
ln -s /Users/YOUR_SHORT_USERNAME/Documents /Users/YOUR_SHORT_USERNAME/Dropbox/Documentsreplacing the word Documents for whichever folder you need to.
You can see more about this at Dropbox's wiki
First copy your Documents folder to Dropbox, then open the OS X terminal an do the following:
sudo mv Documents OldDocuments ln -s /Users/$(whoami)/Dropbox/Documents Documents
After that, you're welcome to delete
OldDocuments, though you might need to do:
sudo rm OldDocuments
I am waiting for my Documents to finish syncing to DropBox before I try deleting.