Application Issues

Discussion in 'OS X' started by shaunmorelli, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Dec 26, 2010
    #1
    Hi,

    So i have my home directory on an external hard drive along with all my libraries for iphoto, aperture itunes ect... When the hard drive is plugged into my desktop computer i can open all applications fine and the libraries show up, safari saves my bookmarks ect.. However when my external HD is plugged into my macbook pro ( logged on to the same home directory) every time i open one of the above apps i have to select the library every time i open the app by holding option when i open them, otherwise a message pops up that says a library cannot be created ect... same with safari the welcome animation comes up every time and all my bookmarks will have been deleted since the last time i opened safari (Also the message that a keychain cannot be found to store "safari" frequently pops up while browsing). The same goes for every other application whenever i open them they act as if it's the first time i'm opening them. This has become very frustrating. I have checked that i have permission on the external HD and what not. Any and all help is appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,
     
  2. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Dec 26, 2010
    #2
    also something that might help is that when i'm on the laptop it adds a 1 in path name of the external hard drive in all apps that try to access it. i think thtas the problem but i don't know how to get rid of it.
     
  3. macrumors 68030

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    That would be the problem. Most likely, you have a duplicate folder in the /Volumes directory because you launched an app while the external HDD was not connected and that app created the directory it was looking for (ie: /Volumes/extHDD/Library/) where "extHDD" is the name of your external HDD. So when you plug in the real one, there's already a folder of that name in /Volumes so it appends a 1 to the name so they don't conflict. The solution is to delete that folder, and you'll have to get to /Volumes directly.
     

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