Mac tip – Get connected drives and devices to appear in your Dock

external driveYou know that you can see all the different drives and devices connected to your Mac either on the desktop or by opening up the Finder. Wouldn’t it be nice to have them in the Dock too? You could then rearrange them in one of the multiple ways that Leopard now offers, like in a list, fan, grid or automatic. It looks cleaner and gives you right away an idea of which drives and devices are connected too.

So here’s the trick: open Finder and press Shift+Command+G. Type /Volumes in the new window and press Go.You’ll now see a ‘Volumes’ folder hidden at the root of your hard drive. Simply drag it to the Dock to have any connected volumes and devices appear there.

Mac driveThe trouble with this display is that you won’t be able to eject them from the Dock. What you’ll have to do is open up the Volumes folder and eject the selected volumes one by one. It’s probably easier to  just drag them from your desktop to the trash.

If you’re the kind of person that keeps many drives and devices connected to your Mac, I’d urge you to install Semulov. This little application displays all your connected drives in your menu bar. You’ll see them divided by type, such as disc, external and internal drives and devices. The application also allows you to eject them individually or all at once. Another useful tool to work with mounted volumes is Do Something When. This application allows you to launch actions every time a volume is mounted onto your Mac. Saves you some time, so that for example, iTunes is launched as soon as your music drive is connected, or iPhoto opens when you connect your external drive which has all your digital photos.

Try these tips out and make better use of mounted volumes on your Mac!

[Via: CyberNet]

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