How to shows items from an external drive on desktop

Discussion in 'macOS' started by 00abadir, Aug 10, 2015.

  1. 00abadir macrumors newbie

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    Jul 18, 2015
    #1
    Hi
    Ok so i have an idea that would make my life a lot easier (im very lazy). So i bought an external usb drive for extra storage. It pops up as an external drive would, but im wondering if i can somehow get the folder inside the drive to show up on the desktop as if they were on the internal drive but be stored on the external drive. Am i crazy or is there a way.
    I hope i explained what im trying to do well.
    Thanks
     
  2. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

    Taz Mangus

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    Mar 10, 2011
    #2
    1. Mount the hard drive.
    2. Open a finder window, browse to the mounted hard drive.
    3. Open the Terminal application in Applications/Utilities folder.
    4. In the terminal app window enter:
      • cd ~/Desktop
      • ln -s /Volumes/<hard drive name>/<folder>

    So lets say that the hard drive is mounted as HardDriveA and you want to use the folder named FolderA that is stored on the external hard drive:
    1. In the terminal app window enter:
      • cd ~/Desktop
      • ln -s /Volumes/HardDriveA/FolderA .
    So now you would have a link to HardDriveA/FolderA on your desktop. It would remain on your desktop even when you unmounted the hard drive but it would not be accessible. Whenever you mounted the hard drive, double click on FolderA and a finder window would open and show you the content of the HardDriveA/FolderA.
     
  3. 00abadir thread starter macrumors newbie

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    #3
    Thanks you it worked perfectly.
    Thanks for the Help
     
  4. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

    Taz Mangus

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    Mar 10, 2011
    #4
    Glad I could help. Enjoy.
     

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