I have a SSD and a HDD, wherein the SSD is a bootable drive. I have moved the /userfolder to a partition on HDD wherein it is working perfectly. The Android SDK and projects are also on Hard disk at the moment.

I want to move the SDK and projects to SSD too, since I will get better execution times. But I don't know where to place the files now since the /user folder is now residing on HDD. I tried moving the SDK and projects to / but then Android Studio was not able to open the files due to permission issues. Any idea what permissions to give the folders or where to store the files on SSD?

Update :-

Running on Mac OS High Sierra 10.13.2

Permission for folder on SSD root(/)

drwxrwxrwx+ 14 RohanKandwal  wheel   448 Dec 27 12:53 Android Projects
drwxrwxrwx+ 19 RohanKandwal  admin   608 Dec 27 15:16 SDK

Permission for folder on HDD

drwxr-xr-x   17 RohanKandwal  admin        578 Dec  1 11:20 Android Projects
drwxr-xr-x@  20 RohanKandwal  admin        680 Dec 27 15:46 SDK
  • @Allan Sorry, didn't mention explicitly, yes this is on a mac. If I run Android Studio directly then the projects are not opening with log showing permission denied. Dec 27, 2017 at 10:44
  • @Allan Usually I would have added the files to the user directory but since the user directory is now in HDD, I don't know where to place them. Dec 27, 2017 at 10:47
  • @Allan Used a tutorial similar to computers.tutsplus.com/tutorials/… . The /user folder now resides on HDD. Dec 27, 2017 at 10:53
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    So.....why not follow the instructions to relocate the folder back to the boot volume? Have you tried that?
    – Allan
    Dec 27, 2017 at 10:57
  • @Allan Don't want to move the entire folder back since usually these folders contains documents, videos, etc which is a waste of space on SSD. Just want to have the SDK and projects on SSD for faster access, rest remains as is, something I can do for this? Dec 27, 2017 at 11:06

1 Answer 1


I needed following settings on my mac -

  1. The Users folder, which usually contains documents, videos, audios, etc are not to be stored on SSD but on HDD.
  2. The Android folder, which contains the Android SDK and Android Projects, to be contained on SSD since it will improve Android studio performance.

Since I was not able to do it by just changing the permissions on my mac, here's what I did -

  1. Create a new APFS Volume on SSD from Disk Utility.
  2. Move the Android Folder on the new APFS Volume.

Above fit perfectly to my needs and does not require any further change, so I am marking this as my answer.

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