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I'm assuming the Unity bar is the bar located on the left hand side of the screen.

Is it possible to move those icons to the desktop, like a shortcut?

I'd like mainly all external device icons, like USB and external drives to be moved, if possible.

Can this be done?

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You should be able to use

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop volumes-visible true

to get all the mounted volumes on your desktop.

Alternatively, you can install dconf tools with

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

and navigate to org > nautilus > desktop. Then change volumes-visible to checked.

If you'd like to remove the icons from your launcher now that you have them on your desktop, you can install CompizConfig-Settings Manager (CCSM) and change the "Show Devices" option in the "Experimental" tab under "Unity".

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