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Use hard disk aliases to control Desktop icon placement Desktop
The Finder will place disk drive icons where it thinks it is useful, not where the user wants them. This can be especially annoying the more items you have on your Desktop. There is a simple workaround for this:
  1. Make aliases or symlinks for your drives, and place them on the Desktop.
  2. In the Finder Preferences, uncheck "Hard Disks" under "Show these items on the Desktop."
  3. If you add a blank before the start of the name, the disks will appear (closer to) the top of the Desktop listing in every Open dialog -- similar to the open dialog in OS 8.
[robg adds: I don't keep my drive icons on the desktop, so I haven't seen any of the moving around effects discussed in this hint, but perhaps this will help someone.]
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Use hard disk aliases to control Desktop icon placement
Authored by: swedentom on May 23, '03 08:02:27PM

This is a great hint. This way you can also do other fun things, like renaming the symlinks without actually changing the name of the volume. The downside is that you can't get item info.



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Use hard disk aliases to control Desktop icon placement
Authored by: encro on May 24, '03 02:41:03PM

C'mon this is ridiculous!. Hints this crap shouldn't be put on the list.

Why not just drag your home, hard-drive and desktop icons all onto the right side of the dock and have a truly accessible from anywhere finder?

think outside the square people!



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Use hard disk aliases to control Desktop icon placement
Authored by: nobody on May 27, '03 06:35:51PM

First of all, this hint is nothing very special, but I found that most people who have problems with moving drives around on the desktop found that solution very nice. They simply did not think about it, because they dont know, the finder composes the desktop out of the volumes and the files in the Desktop folder. They just fight the moving icons.
Also, I want to see a dock which contains 100 items and the user who likes it. Even my son, who tried to put every executable on his disk into the dock gave up after 2 Weeks.
The dock is useful as an application switcher ( but misses some functions even for this job), but as a Launcher replacement it does a horrible job as soon as you use more then a few Applications.



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Use hard disk aliases to control Desktop icon placement
Authored by: hasenmaus on Nov 18, '07 10:09:10AM

With regard to hard disk aliases, I have a firewire drive whose icon refuses to hide itself when "Show these items on the Desktop: Hard disks" is disabled.

Any suggestions as to why the icon for the firewire drive refuses to disappear from the desktop?

Thanks



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Use hard disk aliases to control Desktop icon placement
Authored by: nodmonkey on May 25, '03 04:57:05PM

i found this very useful. itmeans that the drives don't pop up underneath my 'clutter'ed parts of the desktop anymore.



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