new to mac - questions

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by maccajj, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. maccajj macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2011
    Hi after 12 years of being a windows engineer, I've bought myself a MBA and love it; however, questions on AV and network drives...

    1. I read that OSX does not really need a anti-virus app and hope this is the case as I installed one and it really slowed things down and so have taken it off.
    2. In windows you would browse to a network share do a "map network drive" or a "net use", shared would be mapped and available directly from startup. I have worked out how to get my NAS shares connected and on my desktop via finder options but upon rebooting I have to go visit the share again before the 'maps' reappear - how to get them to auto re-map at startup ?
    3. Can the local folders music/documents etc be made to point to a network drive ? much the same as the libraries in windows can ?

    Many thanks for any advice
  2. Fallinangel macrumors regular


    Dec 21, 2005
    1. I've been an OS X user for about ten years now and haven't even once had a virus, worm or trojan horse infection.
    Even if the media is sometimes spreading wild stories about malevolent programs infecting macs, you'll eventually discover that you mostly have to allow the malevolent software to get installed somehow.
    So you will need antivirus software even less, if you are an experienced computer user and know which files and websites to stay way from. Vigilance is the key word!

    2. It's quite simple, if you are the admin:
    - first connect to the network share you want to mount on startup
    - upon connecting, check "Remember this password in Keychain", so that you won't have to re-enter the password manually each time
    - then go to "System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items"
    - click on the "+" to add a login item
    - select your mounted network share from the Finder sidebar and add it

    3. I don't exactly understand what you want to do, but maybe symlinks are what you are looking for!?
  3. GGJstudios, Sep 27, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2011

    GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You don't need any 3rd party antivirus software to protect Mac OS X from malware. Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released 10 years ago. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided with some basic education, common sense and care in what software you install. Also, Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion have anti-malware protection built in, further reducing the need for 3rd party antivirus apps.
    If you insist on running 3rd party antivirus software:
    • ClamXav is a good choice, since it isn't a resource hog, detects both Mac and Windows malware and doesn't run with elevated privileges. You can run scans when you choose, rather than leaving it running all the time, slowing your system.
    • Sophos should be avoided, as it could actually increase your Mac's vulnerability, as described here and here.
    • iAntiVirus has an inaccurate malware definitions list that includes many items that aren't even malware, so their detection accuracy is untrustworthy. This post will give details.
  4. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    As for #3.
    Unfortunately there is no solution as in Windows where you can map just about any folder to show up in a music library, but all the Movie, Pictures ... Folders are just symbolic links.

    If you open terminal
    navigate to the User Folder
    cd ~
    ln -s /Volumes/NetworkDrive/ ~/Music
    will overwrite the current movie folder and now link to this new location.
    Problem is you can only link to one location. Thus if you want to have some local stuff and the network stuff in the same folder you'd have to create the links inside the existing Music folder which is not exactly merging anymore.
  5. maccajj thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2011
    Many thanks for the replies.

    I found the login items section and added the network shares and icons started popping up on th desktop when i logged in to them. Brill I thought but then all the shares opened in their own windows automatically. I went back and check the hide box on each one in the login items but the windows still open on log in. What am I doing wrong ?

    re the symlinks, i want to redirect and will try the above.


  6. colinwil macrumors regular

    Nov 15, 2010
    Reading, UK
    Yes - it sucks if your iTunes library, Aperture masters etc. are on a NAS share.

    Although you can drag your shared drives from Finder to startup items in preferences, I find it doesn't work very well, and is irritating (because it opens the shared drive in a finder window - which you then have to close again!).

    There's an app called Mt.Mounter on the app store which automatically reconnects shares and works well once you figure out how to configure it.

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