The "Computer" directory

in macOS edited January 2014
what directory is displayed when you click the computer icon in the tool bar? im assuming its just a better looking version of /volumes. i was wondering if it would be possible to add this to the dock as an icon. i have 2 hard drives, one ext. firewire and the other is my internal 40 gig. both have 2 partitions, so its kind of annoying to have 4 disk icons in the dock. does anyone know if this is possible?

[edit] btw, placing the volumes folder in the dock dosent help, as the drives listed in there are all aliases and you cant dig through them w/ the pop up menus on the dock

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  • Reply 1 of 5
    eugeneeugene Posts: 8,254member
    No, that directory does not actually exist.

    Go into Terminal and type "open /Volumes" ... it's not the same.
  • Reply 2 of 5
    kaboomkaboom Posts: 286member
    Heh, wanna see something really weird?

    Open your "Computer" in a finder window.

    Open a new finder window and 'Go' to "/Volumes"

    You'll see that all the "Volumes" are aliases.

    Now cmd-opt-drag your volumes from the "Computer" window to the "Volumes" window and drop the "Volumes" icon into the dock.

    The new alias that you made will work as expected in the dock, with heirarchical menus etc... but the other aliases don't. :confused: <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />
  • Reply 3 of 5
    junkyard dawgjunkyard dawg Posts: 2,801member
    Just make a folder (anywhere you like), then fill it with aliases for all of your volumes (Apple-option drag all of them into the folder). Drop that folder in the dock. It will work as you want it to.

    Just another example of why OS X rocks so hard and Windows sucks so hard.
  • Reply 4 of 5
    eugeneeugene Posts: 8,254member
    Kaboom, I don't see why you would ever want to do something like that. You don't want to touch /Volumes anyway.
  • Reply 5 of 5
    groveratgroverat Posts: 10,872member
    [quote]what directory is displayed when you click the computer icon in the tool bar?<hr></blockquote>

    The My Computer directory.

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