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After I installed on my mac a second drive I figured out it was a good idea to use the old HD for storage. So I symlinked ~/Downloads, ~/Documents, ~/Music, ~/Pictures and ~/Movies in order for them to be actually located in the old HD, while I'm using the new SSD as a startup disk. Everything works remarkably ok, except, now the icons in the finder sidebar for those folders are the default ones:

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Even though in the finder preference the icons are ok:

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I already tried this answer but I was only able to restore both the actual folder icons, but not the icons in the sidebar!

  • did you try to - Select on of the folders and hit Command + I. Go to the top left corner where there is an icon and select it and hit delete. This should delete the old icon and will be replaced with the new one. – Ruskes Dec 19 '14 at 17:26
  • Yes, just tried but it restores the general blank folder icon. – Darme Dec 22 '14 at 21:51
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It might be the case that, unfortunately, you can't do this. See this answer: How come Dropbox gets an icon in Finder sidebar?

and this one: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/8380562/adding-buttons-to-finder-toolbar

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