Hi DebB. Following are steps to clarify what is needed to 1) edit security on the .conf file and 2) make the needed changes to the .conf file. Lastly, assuming you have recordings on your Mac drive, we’ll copy those recordings to your new recording folder location.
The "conf" file is merely a configuration file that tells the App about your preferred setup. It’s very nice that this is customizable as other personal DVR settings aren’t able to be changed to this extent.
During installation the configuration file is protected by security permissions. Here are step by step specifics that I did not list originally.
Before making changes to the conf file, I selected the hdhomerun.conf file within the Users/HDHomeRun directory and hit get info (command + I).
I made changes to the Sharing & Permissions area at the bottom of the window.
I had to click the lock icon and input my Mac ID & password.
I then added my user account by clicking the + sign at the bottom of the window.
(Select your account in the pop up window.)
Once your account shows in the Sharing & Permissions list, change the default permissions from "Read Only" to "Read/Write" by clicking "Read Only".
Save your changes by closing the Get Info window.
After making changes to the original file, hold the option key down and drag the file to the desktop. (A green plus sign will appear when dragging the file letting you know it is making a copy.) This copy of the file will become your working file that you will edit to make the recording file path changes.
Open the file located on the desktop with Text Edit. (Normally Text Edit will open the conf file when double-clicked.)
The file will look similar to an opened Word Document.
Highlight and edit the text for the “path” where you want to relocate recordings.
Save the edited file (command + s or File menu/Save.)
Now, replace the original file with the edited one.
Hold the option key and drag the edited file to the original file location.
When asked, replace the original HDHomeRun.conf file.
I assume you have recordings on your Mac.
We are going to copy those recordings to your new recording location.
You can drag the HDHomeRun folder form the internal Mac drive to your external or NAS drive.
That way earlier recordings will be accessible for viewing in the HDHomeRun app. And new recordings will be added to your library of recordings.
In my new location, I deleted earlier .log files, hdhomrun.conf, hdhomerun_record, and uninstall. Those run from the main Mac drive.
Once all the above is done, it's important to Restart the Mac so the changes take place.
To confirm the changes made, you can open the new folder path location for the HDHomeRun directory.
Open the LIVE folder within it. Watch that folder as you tune to a station within the HDHomeRun viewing app.
You should see a file appear.
And you can close the HDHR app and the live file will disappear afterwards.
The final maneuver is to regain space on your internal Mac drive. Look in the original HDHR directory. Purge folders with the names of Movies as well as those for your recorded TV Shows.
Click the name of the first folder to be deleted.
Hold the shift key to select the last folder to delete.
Put the items in the Trash by holding the Command key while pressing the delete key.
You can open the trash by clicking it’s icon to verify there is nothing there you need.
Be sure to EMPTY the trash to regain disk space.
I hope these details help you enjoy your HDHomeRun even more!