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Old May 14, 2004, 09:10 PM   #1
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why does my HD folder keep moving?

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I like my Hard Drive folder in the upper-right corner of my desktop, and it never stays there. Every time I log back into my account, it's somewhere else like below some other folders. It makes me mad, can anyone help? Thanks
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Old May 14, 2004, 09:18 PM   #2
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Have you got any other icons near the top right corner? Try moving them away, and see what happens.

AFAIK, the system remembers the exact positions of any folders and files on your desktop, but not disks, cds etc. When you log in, it puts the folders and files in the exact position that they were, and then places disks in the most top-right position it can find. So then, if you have folder/icons near the top-right corner, it will place your hard drive icon somewhere else.
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Old May 14, 2004, 10:18 PM   #3
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happens to me too... never really cared that much though until you brung it up, i normally just moved it back
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Have you got any other icons near the top right corner? Try moving them away, and see what happens.

AFAIK, the system remembers the exact positions of any folders and files on your desktop, but not disks, cds etc. When you log in, it puts the folders and files in the exact position that they were, and then places disks in the most top-right position it can find. So then, if you have folder/icons near the top-right corner, it will place your hard drive icon somewhere else.
To the best of my knowledge there is no option to 'remember' or stick icons to an affixed grid. Is that correct?

This happens all the time on my iBook and it drives me nuts. Rarely does it remember the placement of my icons (3) and I have to re-arrange them everytime.

Rather annoying.
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Old Aug 11, 2004, 02:45 PM   #5
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On the occasional machines this happens on, I turn on "Keep arranged by Kind" in the Desktop custom view options. It takes some getting used to, but it at least guarantees that your disks/partitions will always show up in the top right.
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Old Aug 11, 2004, 03:26 PM   #6
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I've never had a problem with my boot drive moving, but when I used to have the FileVault turned on, I noticed that I would start getting duplicate "ghost" copies of folders on my desktop. That is, I would see two copies of a file or folder, but if I trashed one, they both went away. If I moved one, they generally both moved randomly. Eventually I just turned off FileVault and it all went away. Weird.
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Old Aug 11, 2004, 03:38 PM   #7
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To the best of my knowledge there is no option to 'remember' or stick icons to an affixed grid. Is that correct?
You can align to a grid:
Click on the Desktop
Go to View... Show View Options ( or hit Command-J)
Check "Snap to Grid"

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Old Aug 11, 2004, 03:41 PM   #8
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The other thing you can do (at least I think you can, it worked under OS 9) was to record a script while you position your icons where you want them. Save the script and run it at login (or double-click it) and it should reposition them automatically.

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Old Aug 12, 2004, 01:21 AM   #9
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You can align to a grid:
Click on the Desktop
Go to View... Show View Options ( or hit Command-J)
Check "Snap to Grid"

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Will see if this helps any, thanks. =)

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Will give it a go if the alignment doesn't work.
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Old Aug 12, 2004, 01:30 AM   #10
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A HD isn't a permanent folder it's dynamically added every time you log back in, which probably will means at the end of the line where new stuff would drop onto the desktop.

If you don't want the HD to move, don't let it appear on the desktop (Finder Preferences) and use an alias to stick the HD where you want it.
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Old Aug 12, 2004, 01:43 AM   #11
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Kinda weird.. I just started experiencing this myself.

...goes off to open another "OMG DONT GET 10.3.5!!!" thread.
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