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How can I make MAC OS X  allow me to change default "Downloads Folder" to an external drive ? Opera 6 browser offers this option, but Mac doesn't cooperate with it.

Posted on 2008-10-22
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Hey Experts:
My System:
Model: iMac8,1, BootROM IM81.00C1.B00, 2 processors, Intel Core 2 Duo, 3.06 GHz, 4 GB
Graphics: kHW_NVidiaGeForce8800GSItem, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS, spdisplays_pcie_device, 512 MB
Memory Module: BANK 0/DIMM0, 2 GB, DDR2 SDRAM, 800 MHz
Memory Module: BANK 1/DIMM1, 2 GB, DDR2 SDRAM, 800 MHz

My Question : I want my default Downloads Folder to reside on an external HD. MAC OS X comes with a default Downloads Folder : User/Downloads. I don't want to use that locaation. Since I'm using the Opera browser, I _should_ be able to make that program change the default Downloads Folder to any location I want  using Preferences/Advanced/Downloads. However, this is not working.

Any ideas how I can get my Default Downloads Folder onto my external HD (PS : I _know_ this is possible, since I once had it setup my way, but I've lost that config and can't seem to make it happen again.)
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by:mr-gadget
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Hi,

Safari: Go to Preferences, select General. The fifth line down should say 'Save downloaded files to'. Just click on the drop-down menu and select the external drive and/or sub-folder you want to save to.

Firefox: Go to Preferences, select Main. In the 'Downloads' section there's a button option that says 'Save files to' followed by a folder icon. Select that button and then click on the 'Choose' button to the right of it to select your preferred drive and/or folder.

I've just tested both Safari and Firefox and they're both happy to select a folder on an external drive in this way, so if your Mac doesn't allow it something must be amiss.

mr-gadget
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by:mr-gadget
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P.S. In Safari, when you select the 'Save downloaded files to' dropdown menu you will need to select 'Other' before selecting your new location. I know it may be obvious, but just to be sure.

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by:jbm4
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Hello mr-gadget:

But I'm using Opera, not Safari or Firefox. Opera offers almost the exact same features as those two browsers, though.But it just won't work.
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by:jbm4
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Hello again aexperets: I've found my own solution to this question, so here it is : that external HD had developed errors on surface, preventing any writing to it. I used  OS X's excellent Disk Utility to repair the media, now all is groovy

Thanks for your attention. Sorry, I am closing this question.

jbm4
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MODERATOR PLS CLOSE THIS QUESTION.
 HAVE FOUND MY OWN SOLUTION. IT WAS:
"Hey Dummy! Did you ever think your external disk might have corruption?" Well, it did. So I used Mac's disk utility to check and repair external disk.Problem solved. But I don'T think shouls go into EE archives - the problem was so dumb, and it took no brains to figure it ou, I even _I_ coulkd do it.
Please close question
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REPEAT **

MODERATOR PLS CLOSE THIS QUESTION. (Found my own solution)
I keep TRYING to close this question...But IT ALWAYSCOMES BACK! Whatt'ave I GottaDo?
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