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What decides volume/drive icon placement on the desktop?
Posted by: Marc Anthony
Date: April 06, 2006 12:39PM
I have 3 volumes showing on my desktop, "Machination" & "Duplication" (partitions on the same drive), and "Foundation". Machination is the startup disk and it's icon on the desktop is always in the uppermost position. I'd like to always see Duplication in the spot directly under it. Whenever I restart, however, Foundation goes into spot 2 and I have to manually swap them. I don't know how to change this, short of setting the Finder preferences to sort alphabetically - which would move everything on my desktop. What logic is being used to decide which drive goes into what position?
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Re: What decides volume/drive icon placement on the desktop?
Posted by: The UnDoug
Date: April 06, 2006 12:40PM
Good question.
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Re: What decides volume/drive icon placement on the desktop?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: April 06, 2006 12:56PM
Magic...
The blood spatters of a sacrificed binary chicken....






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Re: What decides volume/drive icon placement on the desktop?
Posted by: BigGuynRusty
Date: April 06, 2006 02:06PM
I hate volumes on the Desktop, so 1984.
But, I think it is mount time order.:
StartUp Volume
I MountedFirstAfterStartUp
I MountedSecond

BGnR



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/06/2006 02:06PM by BigGuynRusty.
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Re: What decides volume/drive icon placement on the desktop?
Posted by: PeterW
Date: April 06, 2006 02:27PM
Don't know either but here's a little program that automates putting the icons into whatever position you want - [www.versiontracker.com]
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Re: What decides volume/drive icon placement on the desktop?
Posted by: johnc
Date: April 06, 2006 02:53PM
You could also make an alias of each drive/volume.

Go to Finder/Preferences ... and uncheck "Hard Disks" under "Show these items on Desktop."

Arrange the drive/volume aliases as you please. They will retain their desktop position.
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Re: What decides volume/drive icon placement on the desktop?
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: April 06, 2006 03:04PM
It has something to do with size . . . can't remember which exactly. Either how big it is, how much space is used, or how much space is free . . .

grinning smiley

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Re: What decides volume/drive icon placement on the desktop?
Posted by: hal
Date: April 06, 2006 04:36PM
I've got 4 volumes and one external on my desktop.

Seems to me that the ones with the least free space are on the top.

so the order on my desktop is:

boot drive

other drives (least free space -> most free space)

external drives
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Re: What decides volume/drive icon placement on the desktop?
Posted by: Marc Anthony
Date: April 06, 2006 05:18PM
That app that PeterW mentioned seems promising. Thanks, all, for the info.



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Re: What decides volume/drive icon placement on the desktop?
Posted by: LyleH
Date: April 06, 2006 09:07PM
When I'm on the desktop and select "View Options" I have the options set to "Keep arranged by Kind". And when I do this it displays all my hard drives first, with the boot drive as the first icon and the other hard drive icons listed alphabetically.

LyleH
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