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10.5: Set a FireWire drive's mount point
Authored by: Anonymous on Jun 04, '08 07:16:16AM
I see what you mean. Paulio wasn't answering "Why would I want to change the mount point?", he was answering "Why would I want to fix the mount point to be static?", because that's what the hint describes: making a mount point for a disk static.

Here's a good reason why I might want to do this: we have two laptops, and I might want to keep all our iTunes music on a semi-permanently connected external drive, usually connected to the older, less roadworthy laptop. By mounting the drive at, say, "/Users/Shared/iTunes Volume", I can keep the music out of the /Volumes automount directory and have it in a logical place. To complete this requires symlinking each account's "~/Music/iTunes Library", "~/Music/iTunes Music Library.xml" and "~/Music/iTunes" to the /Users/Shared/iTunes Volume/* locations.

An interesting side-effect of mounting volumes at any point (including inside /Volumes) is that files already there will be hidden by the mounted volume. So in the case of iTunes music, with the drive disconnected, I'd put a few favorite tracks on the boot drive, and that's all iTunes would see with the external drive disconnected, and it would keep my wife happy enough until I'd finished adding some new CDs. Connect the external drive again, and these local files are hidden by the files it contains. Of course, iTunes would need to be restarted.

Another good use might be for Garageband or iMovie projects, or any other app which uses lots and lots of data which you don't need to be there 100% of the time.

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