Posted 30 November 2006 - 12:49 PM
Frankly, I would rather not see any hard disk icons on my desktop, but it is one of those things where "why not" comes into play.
The point is that if I can not rename the drive to something other than "Untitled", then I do not want to see it, because the only reason why I have an XP installation in the first place is to play a little HL2, CS:S and Eve.
Posted 30 November 2006 - 12:54 PM
Posted 30 November 2006 - 01:46 PM
If your Windows partition is formatted as NTFS, you must change its name only in Windows since OSX cannot write to it.
If the partition is FAT32, you can change the name of the partition just like anything else:
click on the icon, press <Enter>, type name, press <Enter>.You can stop ALL drive icons from appearing on your Desktop:
Finder menu -> Preferences -> General -> UNcheck the "Hard Disk" box
To access your hidden drives/partitions, click on the Finder icon in the Dock and select the disk/partition in the left pane.
Type this in Terminal:
diskutil list <-- get the Name of the Windows partition - I'll assume it is "Untitled" sudo nano /etc/rc.local <-- 2 slashes in there, don't lose one (give password) diskutil unmount "/Volumes/Untitled" <-- use correct name there - use quotes if name has spaces (press Control-O to save) (press Y and then Enter to accept) (press Control-X to exit)Then reboot.
Since the partition is unmounted, you will not be able to browse Windows files from OSX.
Posted 30 November 2006 - 11:07 PM
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Posted 19 September 2009 - 12:50 PM
This is how I did it:
(Snipped from this tutorial)
To toggle the invisibility bit of a single file, however, you?ll again need help from Apple's Xcode Tools software. This time you need a Unix program called SetFile. You'll find it, together with a collection of other Unix software, in the /Developer/Tools directory.
By default, the software in the Tools directory will not run simply by typing the name of the program (there are many ways to resolve this inconvenience, but that's a subject for another article). Here's the quickest and easiest way to put SetFile in action and use it modify a file's invisibility status:
- Launch Terminal.
- Open the /Developer/Tools folder in the Finder. Locate SetFile and drag its icon to the terminal window. The Directory path for SetFile (/Developer/Tools/SetFile) should appear in the Unix command line prompt.
- Type: -a V . Leave a space after the upper case V.
- Locate the file that you want to make invisible. Drag its icon to the Terminal window. Its path should now be added to the same command line prompt.
- /Developer/Tools/SetFile -a V /Users/homedirectoryname/Desktop/MyDoc
Now, press Return. This immediately enables the invisibility bit -- although, just as when doing this with XRay, the file will not actually turn invisible until the Finder is relaunched.
To reverse directions with SetFile, you do almost the same thing with two exceptions:
- Use a lower case v instead of an upper case V. This disables the invisible bit.
- Since you can't drag an invisible file's icon to the Terminal window, you'll need to know the file's path. If you haven't moved it from its prior location, the path is the same as the one that you used when you made the file invisible. Just retype it.
Posted 01 October 2009 - 12:36 PM
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Posted 19 March 2010 - 07:38 PM
I haven't tried but I expect so.
Posted 04 May 2010 - 05:56 AM
It's a bit overkill for many people, but it makes using your mac a lot more intense.
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