Need to show files from two folders in a third

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by ckny, May 14, 2017.

  1. ckny macrumors newbie

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    Hi. Long story short, I have two folders full of files, one on one drive and another on a second drive. I want to show the files in a third folder but just shortcuts or links to the other files (there's obviously too many of them to fit on one drive). Are there any solutions anyone can think of that I'm not thinking of?
     
  2. QzzB macrumors regular

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    Could you not use automator to achieve this??
     
  3. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Make your destination folder.
    Option-Command-drag the two folders that only need links, to your newly created folder.
    Do an option-drag of the folder that you want full copies of files.
    Just tried that to make sure my memory was still working properly :D
    I have one folder with full copies, and two other folders (which are aliases - linked to the original folders.) None of the files in those two folders are copied to my destination folder, just aliases, of ALL the files in those two folders.

    Does that do what you want?
     
  4. ckny thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It looks like it does. Awesome! Thanks. Now I'm being greedy but if I had another file to the original folder there's no way to make the alias auto show up, right? I need to option-command-drag the new entry?
     
  5. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    No.
    If you add another file to the original folder, an alias for THAT file will automatically appear in your destination folder, because the enclosing folder is already linked to the destination.
    You should test it for yourself with a sample file, just to see what happens.

    The files that you would need to watch, will be new files that you add to the original folder that you copy as full copies (the option-drag). Make sure that you continue to drag full copies to the destination folder, too.
     

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