12 Replies Latest reply: Mar 29, 2013 12:05 PM by LDMartin1959.me
LDMartin1959.me Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I like to run without my drives (devices) on my desktop. I have a few key folders -- including my user root -- on my dock. I would like to add an alias of my Computer (Device) to the dock as well so I can go right to the root of the device directly from the dock icon rather than having to open a finder folder, go to "Devices" in the side bar and click on it from there. I don't see wany way to do this. Anyone got an idea? Maybe a terminal command?


iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • 1. Re: Add Computer (Device) Alias to Dock
    Niel Level 10 Level 10 (241,985 points)

    When in the Finder, pressing the Shift, Command, and C keys will take you directly there.

     

    Alternatively, save the following AppleScript as an application and put it in the Dock:

     

    tell application "Finder"

    open computer container of application "Finder"

    end tell

     

    (79613)

  • 2. Re: Add Computer (Device) Alias to Dock
    LDMartin1959.me Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well, that is certianly a convience and I thank you for that. But I'd still like to add an alias to the dock, if possible.

  • 3. Re: Add Computer (Device) Alias to Dock
    LDMartin1959.me Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Also, I couldn't get your script option to work. Not sure what I did wrong...

  • 4. Re: Add Computer (Device) Alias to Dock
    LDMartin1959.me Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Whoops. Missed the drop down to save it as an Application. It works. Just would like to have it on the other side of the divider.

  • 5. Re: Add Computer (Device) Alias to Dock
    babowa Level 7 Level 7 (23,295 points)

    According to this help section (from the Finder > Help > Dock), you can place applications on the left of the divider, and files/folders on the right. A device/drive is neither an app nor a file/folder (of course, Niel's solution is an application). You can hide hard drives in Finder Preferences.

     

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  • 6. Re: Add Computer (Device) Alias to Dock
    LDMartin1959.me Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Niel's solution works to get it on the dock and for that I'm appreciative, but I'd still like to find a way to put the Computer (Device) on the dock on the right side as a "folder". It's my twisted sense of order...

  • 7. Re: Add Computer (Device) Alias to Dock
    babowa Level 7 Level 7 (23,295 points)

    It's my twisted sense of order...

     

    LOL. Unfortunately, a device is not a folder.......and we all have to make do with certain things..... I'm still bemoaning the fact that I have to hit Command when opening a folder so I can view it in column view (which was not necessary up to and including Leopard).....

  • 8. Re: Add Computer (Device) Alias to Dock
    LDMartin1959.me Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    babowa wrote:

     

    LOL. Unfortunately, a device is not a folder.......

     

    True, but hard drives are also "devices" and they can be on the right side of the divider. So I'm still thinking there's a way to get another "device" -- the computer itself -- over there.

     

    I will rule the computer and it will obey my commands!!

  • 9. Re: Add Computer (Device) Alias to Dock
    Niel Level 10 Level 10 (241,985 points)

    The Computer item itself is generated by the Finder as a convenience and doesn't correspond to an actual filesystem item the way files, folders, and drives do. As it doesn't actually exist in the filesystem, an alias can't be created to it.

     

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  • 10. Re: Add Computer (Device) Alias to Dock
    LDMartin1959.me Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Niel wrote:

     

    The Computer item itself is generated by the Finder as a convenience and doesn't correspond to an actual filesystem item the way files, folders, and drives do. As it doesn't actually exist in the filesystem, an alias can't be created to it.

     

    (79674)

     

    Nuts!!

     

    Oh, by the way...you do know that in olden days the bearer of bad news would get his head lopped off, don't you??

  • 11. Re: Add Computer (Device) Alias to Dock
    alibi Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Actually, you can mount HD on the Dock in the section that displays Trash (to the right or bottom). Mount your HD, choose the Macintosh HD folder and add it to that section Dock (the other section won't accept the addition). You say you've already added key folders. The key is to mount HD as a folder.

  • 12. Re: Add Computer (Device) Alias to Dock
    LDMartin1959.me Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    alibi wrote:

     

    Actually, you can mount HD on the Dock in the section that displays Trash (to the right or bottom). Mount your HD, choose the Macintosh HD folder and add it to that section Dock (the other section won't accept the addition). You say you've already added key folders. The key is to mount HD as a folder.

     

    Yea, I've done that as well. I'm just being "anal" about having the computer itself on it in the place I want it...