Front Row and external drives.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Kimi, Aug 15, 2006.

  1. Kimi macrumors regular

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    Is there any way to make Front Row play videos from my USB hard disc? (Also I've got a firewire one in the post, so I don't know if it reads them).
     
  2. kalisphoenix macrumors 65816

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    Aliases.
     
  3. Kimi thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks.
     
  4. Snowy_River macrumors 68030

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    If you want to be able to run from any disk, create an alias of the Volumes directory in your Movies folder. Why is this useful? Well, if you burn videos to CDs and DVDs (i.e. leaving them in mpg format, not playable DVD format - more movies fit on a disk that way ;) ), then you don't have to deal with aliases to every single disk just to be able to play it in Front Row.

    How do you find the Volumes directory? Simple. In the root director of your OS X startup disk, use the "Go to Folder..." command under the "Go" menu. Type in "Volumes", and POOF, you're there. Now, in column view, you can see the normally invisible Volumes directory. Make an alias of it, and you're all set!
     
  5. Star Destroyer macrumors 6502

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    i have had the same problem... I am new to macs, soooo How exactly do i make this work?
     
  6. Kimi thread starter macrumors regular

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    Nice, wouldn't have though of that. I'll go and do it now. Thanks :)
     
  7. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Aliases are to macs as Shortcuts are to windows

    Control or Right Click on an object and choose make alias to create a shortcut.
     
  8. sunfast macrumors 68020

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    I use an alias with my USB HD (all my videos are on there) and it works really nicely. Shame frontrow is so dog slow though.
     
  9. 7on macrumors 601

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    Sweet, I'll do the /Volumes alias when my Macbook gets back from Applecare! Been my number one complaint with Frontrow!
     

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