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In MacOS X Developer Preview (DP2 & 3) beta it was demo'd as mounting the disk icons directly to the dock. That was dropped in favor of mounting disk icons to the desktop like classic. Is there anyway to have the disk icons mount to the dock per DP2 & 3 instead of the desktop? I'm getting sick of having to use exposť and go fish for a jump drive, network drive, or CD on the desktop. Makes sense why they were trying to steer people to using the dock...just curious if that feature still lurkes under the surface where I could use something like Tinkertool to reactivate it.

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Edited by xpy, 28 December 2006 - 05:11 AM.


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That's a really great question. I too would be very interested in a solution fpr that problem.

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Dunno, but an app that emulates this behaviour shouldn't be hard to make.

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After some digging, I went to the finder preferences (command + "," )

under "General" There's something called "Show these items on the Desktop" and you can uncheck all the mountable disk media, Hard Disks, CD, DVDs etc. I thought well if you can turn off those options on the finder then there has to be a way to turn it on somewhere else like the Dock. Well, no, the options aren't present in the system preferences for the Dock. I even tried Onyx and no luck. It would be nice if the dock had the ability to use the sidebar items and display them so they're always one click away instead of a function button and then hunt it down somewhere on the desktop. I pretty much use the dock as a task manager and a place to conveniently put apps that use a drag and drop functionality like dropstuff, dropicon, etc. It only would make sense if I could have my drives automatically mount to the dock so they don't get hidden by other windows, giving an easy glance to see what volumes I have mounted.

I wonder what it would take to bring that functionality to the dock...hmm...anyone up for helping me thru the challenge? I know some scripting stuff, very little about C :(

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In MacOS X Developer Preview (DP2 & 3) beta it was demo'd as mounting the disk icons directly to the dock. That was dropped in favor of mounting disk icons to the desktop like classic. Is there anyway to have the disk icons mount to the dock per DP2 & 3 instead of the desktop? I'm getting sick of having to use exposť and go fish for a jump drive, network drive, or CD on the desktop. Makes sense why they were trying to steer people to using the dock...just curious if that feature still lurkes under the surface where I could use something like Tinkertool to reactivate it.

Thanks!

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Why don't you add it to your finder toolbar? All you have to do is drag the drive icon to the toolbar section (top of the finder window) and it will be available to you. Also if you hit Ctrl+click (right mouse button) you can add other useful things like a button to show the path to your window etc.

Ok, nevermind, I see what you're looking for. :( Well there's always the sidebar in finder.

Edited by yoda75, 05 January 2007 - 06:27 PM.


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It would be cool if OSX had a sidebar!

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I must be seriously misunderstanding what you want.

I just dragged and dropped my "Macintosh HD" icon onto my Dock. Then I unchecked "Hard Drives" from showing on the desktop in Finder preferences.

Tada-> I have my Hard disk in my Dock and not on my Desktop.

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phor2zero, I can't do that unless I edit the standard settings.

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http://www.charlessoft.com/

Scroll to bottom, app named DockDisks, havent tried it though, hopefully it is what your looking for :).

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http://www.charlessoft.com/

Scroll to bottom, app named DockDisks, havent tried it though, hopefully it is what your looking for :).


Thank you, that is exactly what i was looking for. Unfortunately it's abandonware and doesn't work anymore on intel Macs. Booooo! I discovered a really nice work around however that's really close enough for me:

1) using tinkertool, I made visible all my hidden files and folders

2) dragged the /Volumes/ folder to my dock

3) made my hidden files back to their invisible state in tinkertool

Voila! All my disks show up as a stack! I can drag a usb drive, dvd, or disk image to the trash and it's unmounted just like it was dragged from the desktop. Best of all, i love how i can drill through directories all from he dock and see previews even on my network drives as large icons. I'm surprise Apple doesn't have the dock preconfigured this way.

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