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I need a better way to access my NAS from my Mac.

Currently, every time I get on my network, I have to go through these steps:

  1. Open finder
  2. + K (to map a network path)
  3. Connect to my NAS
  4. Navigate down directory structure to my desired location.

On windows I was able to just permanently map a drive, and then add shortcuts to all desired locations, etc.

What's the best way to do that on a Mac?

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Just create aliases (Mac's equivalent of shortcuts) to the folders you want easy access to. You can do this by dragging them into the right side of the Dock, or by holding Command and Option as you drag them to some convenient location like your desktop (Command-Option tells the Finder to create an alias instead of copying). When you open one of the aliases, it'll mount the shared folder. You can store your password in your keychain if you don't want to be prompted. Open another and it'll find the relevant folder via the existing connection.

BTW, another way to do something similar is to mount the shared folder, then open System Preferences -> Users & Groups -> your account in the sidebar -> Login Items tab, and drag the shared folder into the list of login items. This will make it open (i.e. mount) every time you log in. You can also use both methods together.

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so i created a shortcut in finder, on the left pane. it worked for a bit, but now clicking on it doesn't do anything, and i can't even select it or remove it from finder. – Sonic Soul Jan 1 '13 at 22:43
I'm not sure what would cause that. If there's a problem reaching the server, selecting the alias from the Finder sidebar should appear to do nothing for a minute or so, then display an error. You should also be able to select it in the sidebar, then right-click (or Control-click) on it and get a "Remove from Sidebar" option. – Gordon Davisson Jan 1 '13 at 23:59

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