Finder Alias Folders

Learn how to use Alias folders in a creative way in order to sync all your most important files and folders instantly to the cloud.

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  • For those folders you can’t store within Box Documents (htdocs folder, for example), I create a hardlink within the Box Documents folder so that it will sync accordingly when I make a change in the target folder. There’s an app that can automate the hardlink creation for those who want to avoid the terminal, called MacDropAny.

    • Tharyn

      February 4, 2014

      Great tip! I will check out MacDropAny. Thanks! 🙂

  • Daniel

    April 10, 2014

    Hi Tharyn,

    Your videos are just great, hopefully you will come out with more in the near future.

    In this video you mention another video within this MacDojo series where you discuss setting up cloud services in finder like Box and Dropbox. Where is that video? Also do you still prefer Box over GoogleDrive?

    Thank You!

    • Tharyn

      April 12, 2014

      Hey Daniel,
      I think I am renovating that video. So you may not find it. But instead, just know this, Dropbox is king, but you have to pay. But only if you want to sync lots of files. I use the 9.99 dropbox plan for 100gb of synced folders.

      Other services will offer better deals, but they have very limited “sync folder” options. Other services will provide a singular “backup” of whatever you want. And that is enough for many people. In fact, the free versions of Box, Google Drive, and Dropbox could be enough! I used that combo for years.

      However, dropbox’s technology is still superior. It’s up to you. Determine your needs first. Let me know if you’ve got questions! 🙂