I had to erase and reinstall everything on my macbook pro. I was having issues restoring from timeline so I did a manual copy over from an external hard drive onto my computer.

The issue is that I don't see the Pictures, Music or Movies folders in Finder any more so I just put all of my files inside "My Documents".

I thought that itunes would reorganize my files when i imported everything into itunes but it doesn't seem like it as the machines still thinks i have 200+ GB of documents. (see screenshots) and it doesn't show any movies or music.

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So my questions are:

  1. how can i get these other folders (Music, Movies) to show up in My Finder (on the left side bar)
  2. what is the "right" place to store my music, pictures, movies (assuming sitting in "My documents" isn't correct

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1 Answer 1


You need to go to Finder's preferences, then to the sidebar tab to re-enable folders on the sidebar.

The correct place to put

  • Pictures: Pictures folder
  • iTunes: Music folder
  • Videos: Movies folder
  • Documents: Documents
  • You can also just drag them into the sidebar.
    – MacManager
    Commented Sep 24, 2016 at 12:39
  • @MacManager yes, but that's assuming the OP can get to their home folder, which they don't seem to know how. Commented Sep 24, 2016 at 16:00

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