I bought an SSD, so now I have SSD + traditional HDD on my Mac. On SSD OS + Applications. On HDD data.

I wanted to keep applications and library on the SSD and move my home folder from SSD to the traditional HDD.

I used this solution of creating symbolic link on the HDD to follow my purpose. I opened the terminal and in my /Users/Homefolder I've typed

 sudo rm -rf examplefolder 
 ln -s /Volumes/nameofHD/pathofexamplefolderontheHDD

So one after one I deleted all folders on my home folder on the SSD and created symbolic links on the HDD.

The problem for what I'm requesting Super User's help:

One folder, exactly the one named "Download" any time I reboot the system reappears. So now I have two "Download" folders and I'm not able to delete the one on the SSD (the original) anymore, precisely anytime I use

sudo rm -rf examplefolder 

After rebooting it magically reappears. Sometimes using terminal it says to unlink the folder but after some time I'm able to delete it

For trying deleting the file I've also used this app/script called Trashit, but that didn't work either.

  • It may be that the location of the Download folder is set by the OS. If this is the case, it would explain why the system recreates the folder on boot. – SaintWacko Aug 24 '12 at 12:45
  • I'm feeling like the only option remained is to tear all down – Nicola Aug 24 '12 at 12:59
  • Do you really need to remove the original? – SaintWacko Aug 24 '12 at 13:01
  • The reason why i'm trying to solving the problem is that of all the folders the one where i'll have much more writing and reading will be the download folder. I can create another one and keep two of them but i've to manually specify the hd "download" folder for every applications that need to download files on my pc. I can go around the problem, for sure. Thanks anyway for your time – Nicola Aug 24 '12 at 13:09
  • What if you symlink the original download folder to the new one? Then anything that tried to go to the one on the SSD would end up on the HDD. – SaintWacko Aug 24 '12 at 13:12

Under System Preferences > Accounts > Right Click User Name in Side Bar > Advanced

It is possible to link the account with an alternative home folder.

Checking and editing these settings will likely solve your issues.

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