I moved my user directory to another hard drive, as I am using an HDD (for Data) beside my SSD (for system). After that, all the sidebar icons in Finder got lost and now that are just folder icons.

I tried to drag&drop the icns-files from /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Resources/

in the informations-window of the corresponding folder. But that just change the appearance of the folders, not the sidebar icons.

How can I restore the icons? Maybe someone could upload empty folders with the right icons, so that I could copy&paste them in my folders?

  • What Icons? were they customized ? or just standard OS X?
    – Ruskes
    Oct 17, 2014 at 16:07
  • Standard OS X Yosemite icons. They got automatically deleted, after I moved the user directory to another volume. So the best for me would be, if somebody could upload empty folders with original icons for Movies, Pictures, Downloads, etc.
    – John
    Oct 17, 2014 at 16:19
  • I can do that, but what you going to do with them ?
    – Ruskes
    Oct 17, 2014 at 16:35
  • Right click on your empty folder, get info and then copy the icon from the top left. Then right click on my folder with the empty icon, get info and paste the icon. In the past I did this already but I only have those empty folders for mavericks. In Yosemite the icons changed. :( I would really appreciate your help! It would help me a lot!
    – John
    Oct 17, 2014 at 16:57
  • I am still on Mavericks and those Icons are in the /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Resources/
    – Ruskes
    Oct 17, 2014 at 17:09

1 Answer 1


This worked for me:

Go to your Finder Go menu hold the option key and choose Library. Then go to the Preferences folder and trash these files:

  • com.apple.finder.plist
  • com.apple.sidebarlists.plist

Then restart (You will have to reset a some finder prefs the way you like them).

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