4 Replies Latest reply: Aug 15, 2006 3:47 PM by Peter New
LifeSeeker Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have a USB HD connected to my Intel Mini. Front Row can't see the hundreds of QuickTime Videos there. Tried alias, can't move to Movie Folder. Any suggestions?

All of Them, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • 1. Re: Watching Videos on External Hard Drive
    Amie iMac Level 4 Level 4 (1,365 points)
    I also use an external drive, and I created a symbolic link in the movies folder to my media library folder on the external drive, and that is working perfectly now.

    In terminal, you will type:
    ln -s /Users/your_user/Movies/ /Volumes/MassiveMedia/Media/

    It is the source folder and then the destination folder or volume, so substitute as needed

    I thought alias was supposed to work, but I too had some issues with it, this worked for me.

    Dual G5, Mac Mini (Intel), TiBook, iMac FP800   Mac OS X (10.4.6)  
  • 2. Re: Watching Videos on External Hard Drive
    Kevin Arnold Level 2 Level 2 (325 points)
    Do your aliases in the Movie folder playback in the Finder (column view preview)?
  • 3. Re: Watching Videos on External Hard Drive
    Nez5k Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    If you hold down the 'option' key. (I think, i'm using a Microsoft Keyboard so it's alt for me) While adding your videos to the Itunes library, then it will add it without copying the files all over the place. I have all my videos on external drives and it works for me.
  • 4. Re: Watching Videos on External Hard Drive
    Peter New Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I also use an external drive, and I created a
    symbolic link in the movies folder to my media
    library folder on the external drive, and that is
    working perfectly now.

    In terminal, you will type:
    ln -s /Users/your_user/Movies/
    /Volumes/MassiveMedia/Media/

    It is the source folder and then the destination
    folder or volume, so substitute as needed

    I thought alias was supposed to work, but I too had
    some issues with it, this worked for me.

    Dual G5, Mac Mini (Intel), TiBook,
    iMac FP800   Mac OS X (10.4.6)  


    I also wish to watch movies stored on an external drive. This drive was previously connected to a Windows PC and is in NTFS format. I tried your suggestion to create a symbolic link to it using th ln command but got the error 'file already exists'. The command format I used was:

    ln -s /Users/peternew/Movies/ /Volumes/PetersExternalDrive/

    It stated that the file 'PetersExternalDrive' already exixts, which it does, as I am trying to link to it. What am I doing wrong?