Folders disappearing from your Favorites in the Finder sidebar

Several people have reported that folders that they’ve put in the Favorites section of the sidebar in Finder windows just disappear, and have thought that either┬áDefault Folder X or Jettison was at fault. I’ve confirmed with Apple that this is a known bug in Mac OS 10.9.2. It’s not caused by┬áDefault Folder X, Jettison or any other 3rd party application. It’s an issue that Apple needs to fix in OS X.

Here’s a more complete description of the problem:

Bug:

If I drag a folder to the Finder sidebar to add it as a Favorite, then later eject the disk containing the folder, the Finder deletes the folder from the sidebar. It doesn’t return when I remount the disk.

Steps to Reproduce:

  1. Plug in an external drive (I used a FW800 drive, but apparently any old disk will do).
  2. Open a Finder window, navigate to the external drive and then drag a folder from the drive to the Favorites list in the Finder window’s sidebar.
  3. Eject the external drive.
  4. Run Disk Utility and remount the external drive.

Expected Results:

I would expect the folder to stay in the Favorites list in the sidebar, regardless of the availability of the disk. If I click on it it should ask for the disk or try to remount it automatically. Failing this, if the folder is going to be hidden in the sidebar because the disk is unavailable, it should reappear when the disk is available again.

Actual Results:

The folder is removed from the Favorites list in the sidebar, never to return.

9 Responses to “Folders disappearing from your Favorites in the Finder sidebar”

  1. Rue says:

    Is this still a problem in El Capitan? My coworkers and I work off of the server for design work, and when the connection disconnects without shutting down the computer first I end up losing all my server shortcuts on my sidebar.

  2. Andreas says:

    Yes, I experience this also with El Capitan 10.11.1.

  3. Per Christian says:

    I also have this problem with 10.10.5.

    It doesn’t happen every time I disconnect the external drive that has the shortcuts in the fav sidebar, but sometimes.

    Very strange.

  4. Jack says:

    Confirmed still happening irregularly in 10.11.5, super irritating.

  5. Jon says:

    Yup – very irritating. I’ve noticed in the Sierra betas that they’ve been working on the macOS preference system for 10.12, so I’m hopeful Apple will finally put this (and other preference-related bugs) to rest this fall.

  6. Jay Nelson says:

    This happened to me this week, on macOS Sierra 10.12.3. All my favorite folders disappeared in the Open and Save dialog boxes.

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