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Simple but worth sharing:

I work with all my media files on a different hard drive than my system and apps, so I always found myself working between two Finder windows to manipulate files.

Now I've put aliases in my home directories media folders (music, movies etc) to key branches of my external drive's file tree.

So Instead of moving files between Finder windows which each represent a specific drive path, I now only have one finder window open and can move files within the same column(s) to different hard drive paths. Sure feels more efficient to me...
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the way i do it
Authored by: normcook on Feb 13, '02 12:57:08PM

is i have an alias to my music folder in my finder windows toolbar...... just like the default toolbar except i use a different drive than my system drive for my music.... this method also seems pretty nice

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Good Idea
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Feb 13, '02 05:31:00PM

This simple idea fixed something that bothered me for a while now. I couldn't easily get to my three partitions and external SCSI drive from some Open/Save File dialogs. Now I added aliases in a folder called "Volumes" in my home folder.

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Getting to external volumes
Authored by: cyberzine on Feb 14, '02 12:35:45AM

I'm a bit confused, if you're having trouble getting in the open/save dialog box to parts of your drives, simply add those key folders by clicking "add to favorites."

Then when you go to open or save, just select them under the "from" where they are listed under the "favorites" tab.

This trick of using aliases on the hard drive, btw, can also be accomplished with the unix "ln" command. Let's say you want to have the "movies" folder in your user directory show up as the "movie" folder on a drive called Big.

go to terminal and do "cd Users/username" then do "mv movies oldmovies" which renames your movies folder "old movies." Then while still in the user folder do "ln -s /Volumes/Big/Movies Movies" and you'll make an alias.


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ln != alias
Authored by: geoffsaulnier on Feb 14, '02 06:54:28AM

ln can break if you move the file you are linking to. Making an alias, however, saves the info in the Desktop DB and should be able to adjust if you move the file you have made an alias of, or if you move the alias, or both!


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Getting to external volumes
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Feb 14, '02 08:14:48PM

Actually the thing I have a problem with is that within the file dialog there is no way to get to "your computer" ... just the Home directory. From Home I have to keep pressing the left arrow to get to the "computer" to see all the mounted volumes. I have added each partition and drive to Favorites, but that doesn't help when you have a removable disk inserted.
Of course neither do having aliases. When I posted my comment I forgot I have each drive in Favorites and that you still cant always get to removable disks (depends on the program you are in). Most of the time it works, but you still cant get there in one click.

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Getting to external volumes
Authored by: Victor on Feb 15, '02 11:53:52AM

In open/save dialogs you can press Cmd-Option+C to get to "My Computer". Not sure if it works in Cocoa apps only, but I guess not. Cmd-Option+H, F (Home and Favorites) too, like in the Finder. There's all sorts of (key) shortcuts (Tab, Cmd-arrow etc.), that make navigation easier.

Hope this helps,

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Getting to external volumes
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Feb 15, '02 08:03:57PM

Very cool tip! Also of course I should have said that typing "/Volumes" in the Goto: line works as well. I just miss the drive pulldown we had in OS 9.

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Good Idea
Authored by: cvreeland on Feb 16, '02 05:16:08PM

I think aliases of other partitions is a fine idea for navigating in a single finder window.

However, in open/save dialogs, if you want to get to the "Computer" level, with all your mounted drives, it's tres easy. Command+o (or s), tab to switch fields from the "save as" or "go to:" text entry fields to the file and folder view above, then hold down the left arrow key. It'll scroll left until it runs out of levels, and there you are. :) 2 keystrokes, no modifications neccessary.


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Authored by: ddddd on Feb 17, '02 10:04:40PM

-I do something similar- for example- with limewire- there are two download folders- "incomplete" and "shared" (I actually renamed the "shared" folder "complete") -when a download is initiated- the file is saved in the incomplete folder- and when it is finished- guess what- it is moved to the complete folder by limewire- unfortunately it is too slow to navigate between these folders in os x- so I made aliases- of each of the folders- and put opposite aliases in opposite folders- then- when I go to sample one of my mp3s- and find out it is in the other folder- it is easy to get to- I guess I could have said all that in about 10 words- ohh well- ohh yah- COULD SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO CHANGE THE SPLASH SCREEN IN INTERNET EXPLORER X- RES EDIT DOESN'T RECOGNIZE THE RESOURCE FILE- IF SOMEONE COULD EMAIL ME- PLEASE- I'LL SEND YOU THE RESOURCE FILE AND THE SPASH SCREEN I WANT TO USE- AND YOU CAN CHANGE THE SPLASH SCREEN AND SEND ME BACK THE EDITED RESOURCE FILE- THNX
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