How to move apps to another drive in macOS

Apple is quite often subject to legitimate criticism – due to the fact that the base model MacBook and Mac Mini are equipped with very small storage volume of 128 GB. Because of this, many users have to limit themselves in everything. However, the solution to this problem is – and it is not suitable for all users.

As you may have guessed, we are talking about external hard drives. Connecting the external drive to the computer or expanding the internal memory (if you have an older MacBook or iMac), you can migrate the bulk of applications and games from the primary drive to the secondary. How to do it properly?

In fact, the process of migrating applications is very simple:

  • The first thing you need to make sure that the connected/external hard drive formatted in APFS (Apple File System) or Mac OS Extended (HFS+);
  • All that’s left is to literally move apps from the Programs folder on the additional drive. For convenience, you can create a separate folder on disk and then transfer it directly into the dock for quick launch.

Problems with the launch should not occur, since in most cases the parameters and settings are stored directly within the application itself.

What programs should be migrated first?

For economy it is better to move the biggest apps and games. The speed of loading applications directly will depend on the bandwidth of the drive, but it will in any case be lower than the system drive (if we are talking about SSD). That is why on the main drive, you should leave the most commonly used and a small volume application browser, archiver, instant messengers and other ancillary utilities.

Just like that, you can loose a large amount of space on the system drive. Yes, this method has its weaknesses, however, he still has a right to exist.

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