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My dualboot-system (win7 / ubuntu 12.04) has a ntfs-formatted partition called "/share" for files I use both in win7 and ubuntu (e.g. pictures, music etc.).

I'd like to have a symbol of this drive in the launcher. But although the partition is mounted (Mount point: /media/share) and shown in the left side bar of a folder, there is no Icon in the launcher! How can I add this Icon to the launcher?

(CompizConfig Setting manager >> ubuntu unity plugin >> Experimental >> show devices always" will only show win-Partition, not the /share -partition)

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I have a hd named "backup" which I "accidentally" removed. ;)

I added the backup-hd-icon to the launcher by

  1. Clicked the dash
  2. Typed backup
  3. Dragged the icon to the launcher

Important is that you don't drag the folder, you want to search for the hd icon

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Nice trick. It worked fine for me on Ubuntu 14.04. – Mythul May 23 '15 at 21:45

Create a .desktop file and place it in .local/share/applications/

As your device is mounted at /media/share, lets name the file as mediashare.desktop

The content of the file will be as follows:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Shared Media
Comment=Shared Media
Exec=nautilus /media/share

Once this is done, run the following in your terminal

gsettings get com.canonical.Unity.Launcher favorites

A list of icons on the launcher will be displayed like this:
['unity://running-apps', 'unity://expo-icon', 'unity://devices']

Now add the mediashare.desktop to it like this:
['unity://running-apps', 'unity://expo-icon', 'unity://devices', 'mediashare.desktop']

Now copy the above and run the following in the terminal

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Launcher favorites "['unity://running-apps', 'unity://expo-icon', 'unity://devices', 'mediashare.desktop']"

Mind the quotes.

Press Alt + F2, type unity and press Enter to refresh unity.

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  1. Open the "dash" (first option in the launcher bar).
  2. Type your drive name which you want to add in your launcher.
  3. Drag the drive icon to the launcher.
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Simple and works like a charm – nmrony Jan 24 '15 at 8:38
This answer has the same contents like the one above by axel112! – Byte Commander Feb 9 '15 at 15:48

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