6470 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Dec 26, 2008 2:10 PM by Jay Ducharme
Unfortunately there is no way I ever heard of to pick and choose which drives you want to show on the Desktop: you either get all of them or none of them. The closest thing I've ever come up with to do what you want is turn off all of them, then make aliases to the ones you want to see and put the aliases on the Desktop. Unfortunately this won't help for drives you sometimes mount and sometimes don't...
Actually, I'll have to retract that: there doesn't appear to be any way to make an alias from a drive. I can make aliases from folders and applications. But for some strange reason, there's no such option for drives. Ah well, I guess I'll just hide them all and use Finder's Go feature, and see if I find that tolerable.
Just open a Finder window, then in the Path toolbar item select the bottom-most item, and you should then have all your drives listed (you can't use the Sidebar for this). Click and hold on the drive you want to make an alias, while pressing BOTH the Command and Option keys, and drag to the Desktop--you will see the little "curly arrow" instead of your regular cursor. Release the mouse button when you get to the place on the Desktop where you want the alias.
you can add a period to the front of the hard drive's name. this will hide it from Finder and hence from desktop. it will still be available from the sidebar. You can't do it directly from finder because it won't let you but you can do it using Apple script.
paste the following into Script Editor
font-family: Monaco, 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;
border: 1px solid #000000;
title="this text can be pasted into the Script Editor">
tell application "Finder"
set name of disk "current drive name" to ".current drive name"
Put the name of the drive instead "current drive name" in the script. keep the quotes. press "run".
Message was edited by: V.K.
After all these years using Macs, there's still so much I don't know....
Both those suggestions are great. I'll use the shortcuts on the desktop; that's all I need. Thanks! I never knew about that key combination for creating a shortcut.
I just realized that if I want to see my hard drives I can simply press Cmd-Opt-C from Finder. That works well too.