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Create a permanent sidebar entry for networked folders Desktop
If you're anything like me, then you probably access files within folders within folders on removable media (i.e. external hard drives, Flash drives). It can become quite a hassle (with a trackpad, anyway) to open the the media device, select the folder, navigate, select another folder, navigate, and then select the desired file or folder.

I tried adding my commonly-accessed (but time consuming to reach) external hard drive folder to the Finder's sidebar, but whenever I took my MacBook somewhere and the folder wasn't present, the sidebar alias disappeared.

So my solution was to make a local alias of the removable folder, put it in my Documents (or any other local) folder, then drag the alias to the sidebar. Now I can eject removable media without losing my sidebar shortcut.

[robg adds: I thought we had run something similar in the past, but I can't find it now -- so if this is a duplicate, please let me know. Also, if you use this hint, you should be aware that the cautions in this hint are still valid in 10.5.4: if you delete (via Command-Delete) or rename the "alias" in the sidebar, you will rename or delete the original folder on the networked volume instead! When you place your local alias in the sidebar, the Finder converts it into a direct pointer to the remote folder, instead of placing the alias in the sidebar, so any changes you make affect the original, not your alias.]
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Create a permanent sidebar entry for networked folders
Authored by: vadalus on Jul 21, '08 08:32:29AM

Last time i messed around with this. I found that if I included networked locations as shortcuts in the sidebar (which were ultimately automount file shares) then Finder will not come up at all after a restart (i had to remove the relevant plist file after which it was happy again).

Just a note of caution.



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Create a permanent sidebar entry for networked folders
Authored by: lar3ry on Jul 21, '08 09:02:15AM

I do this with ~/Favorites, which is also my default Finder window. Inside that folder, I put symlinks or aliases to the items I'm interested in, even if they are on network mounts (they automount for me when I select them). If they are on a USB drive that isn't mounted, I believe you get a message that the alias can't be resolved, and Finder will offer to look for it (which you can deny if you know the device isn't available).

I also put Favorites in the sidebar, and it has the old "folder with a heart in it" that was in pre-Tiger OS releases, although on Leopard it has the "etched on that ugly blue" look, which you can easily change via Get Info. Putting Favorites on the Sidebar allows you to access those hard-to-get-to places easier in File Open/Save dialogs.



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Create a permanent sidebar entry for networked folders
Authored by: jyu on Jul 21, '08 12:22:35PM

I think the title should be changed to "... external hard drive", because this problem doesn't apply to folders from network shares.



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Create a permanent sidebar entry for networked folders
Authored by: Bessemer on Jul 22, '08 06:04:26AM

Er... what do you mean by 'local alias'? Should I just drag and drop removable folder icon to the local drive with Cmd and Option buttons pressed down? Well, this sure results in making a new alias, but it fails to remin as a sidebar shortcut as well - actually, it disappears immediately as soon as I eject either external or flash drive.

What am I doing wrong, Doc?



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Create a permanent sidebar entry for networked folders
Authored by: Unsoluble on Jul 22, '08 08:50:47AM
The idea is to make the alias (like you did), but store it somewhere locally, like in your Documents folder. Once it's in there, then add it to the sidebar.

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Create a permanent sidebar entry for networked folders
Authored by: hoosker on Jul 24, '08 12:47:17PM

This hint addresses removable drives only, but I thought my experience might be helpful. I made a folder on my G5 computer to share files with the kid's Mini and my wife's MacBook all on an Airport network (10.4). I gave everyone permissions to read and write this folder. Normally to mount is folder (G5 Share) on one of the other computers I would go thru the process of choosing network, my G5, my account and choose "guest" (to avoid have to use a password) then open the G5 Share folder. To avoid this I just dragged the folder to the sidebar and even when my G5 was not running the folder stays there in the sidebar. Obviously my G5 would have to be on to access the share folder.



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Create a permanent sidebar entry for networked folders
Authored by: pbeyersdorf on Dec 18, '09 03:35:31PM
This hint didn't work for me for some reason - the aliases would disapear as soon as I removed by drive (even though they resided on my internal disk). The workaround I found is to make a simple applescript that can be launched from the sidebar. The script will try to open a given location in the current finder window (i.e. on a removable drive) if it cannot than it will perform some alternative task (such as opening a local copy of the folder in my case). Here is the script to customize
-- Script to open a location in the current finder window, with an optional second choice if the first location fails.  You can set the desired location to be on a removable volume, and then put the script into the sidebar as a means to access files on a removable volume from the sidebar.  
set primary_item to POSIX file "/Volumes/My Flash Drive/Documents"
set secondary_item to POSIX file "/Users/johndoe/Documents/"
tell application "Finder"
	try
		set folder of front window to primary_item
	on error
		display dialog "The location could not be found, open " & secondary_item & " instead?"
		set folder of front window to secondary_item
	end try
end tell


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Create a permanent sidebar entry for networked folders
Authored by: pbeyersdorf on Dec 18, '09 04:46:16PM

Note that this only works from the finder, not the open/save dialog boxes.



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