I have multiple drives in a desktop computer. I want one of those drives to function as my /home/username/Pictures folder. Can this be done?

I thought symbolic links could do this, but I'm not having any success.
The target drive is /media/Images. Here's what I tried so far:

terminal screenshot

All four variations give me the same result, a shortcut inside the /Pictures folder.

link inside folder

This isn't what I want. I want the /Pictures folder itself to be the shortcut. How do I do this?

2 Answers 2


Why it's as simple as deleting the Pictures folder first before linking my good man. Like so:

rm -rf ~/Pictures

ln -s /media/Images ~/Pictures
  • I hope it's something simple like this. I just tried your command and got "rm: cannot remove `/home/tom/Pictures': Is a directory" as an error. May 17, 2012 at 18:55
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    rm -rf !!!!!!!!
    – Rinzwind
    May 17, 2012 at 18:58
  • Perfect, thanks. I was getting so frustrated! A quick fstab edit and I'm all set now. May 17, 2012 at 19:32

I was inspired with the answer of @SomKit. But I stick to more safe method to not delete the files

mv Pictures/ /media/akpp/data1/screenshots/
ln -s /media/akpp/data1/screenshots/ ~/Pictures

I moved target folder to a new location with a new name, then created a link for new folder in the old location

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