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Installing More Disk Space On Mac Pro II

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Date: Sat, 09 Oct 2010 17:40:29 +1000

Recently I installed a new drive in my Mac Pro II. Like everything on the Mac it was drop-dead easy, as long as I did not deviate from the rigid confines of the Mac Way.

Installing a SATA drive on a Mac is very simple. At the back of the case is a latch. When the this latch is pulled, the side of the case opens, revealing bays for six SATA drives. The design is superb! The drives simply slide into place ... No need for cables or connections!

After the drive is inserted, login using an account that has administrator privileges, and the system will ask you if you want to initialise the drive. I chose the name d1 and it was mounted at /Volumes/d1.

Not being very adventurous, I decided to let Apple take care of all the mount points. I considered this the path of least resistance ... I thought the safest way to get the data from the existing volume to the new volume would be to move each individual user folder and create a logical link to it from the /Users folder. Since it was the first time I had done this on an Apple Mac, I was cautious ... I moved the folders one at a time ... And investigated each one looking for problems ... I did actually find one problem (see below).

In any case, it should be possible to move them all in one go. A script like the following would probably work (when run as root):
# MUST be super-user to do this.
cd /Users
mv fred betty bob blue games /Volumes/d1
ln -s /Volumes/d1/fred
ln -s /Volumes/d1/betty
ln -s /Volumes/d1/bob
ln -s /Volumes/d1/blue
ln -s /Volumes/d1/games

However, if you are cautious, you should try moving one account first ... And testing it thoroughly!

At first, everything seem alright after inserting the disks and creating the links ... And then I discovered that Google Chrome did not work ... Or it worked sort of. Several pages looked very funky and weird with strange looking characters. This had me scratching my head. I tried re-installing Google Chrome ... But it made no differance. Then on a hunch I went looking for fonts. In my home folder I found some fonts in ~/Library/Fonts:

-rwxr-x---  1 foo    foo    352224  4 Aug  2004 arialbd.ttf
-rwxr-x---  1 foo    foo    226748  4 Aug  2004 arialbi.ttf
-rwxr-x---  1 foo    foo    207808  4 Aug  2004 ariali.ttf
-rwxr-x---  1 foo    foo    117028  4 Aug  2004 ariblk.ttf

I moved these fonts out of that folder and Chrome was ok! (huh?)

A little while later, another user on the Mac Pro computer reported a similar problem, but before I could investigate it, the problem went away! (huh?).

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