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Reformatting and installing OS X is a very last step when something happens to OS X. 98% of the time troubleshooting a problem is fixed without a re-install if one takes the time and trouble in running some troubleshooting steps.
An Archive and Install
should keep your files intact while only installing the OS files.
You can save files to anywhere on your Mac, not just the sidebar.
From Finder Help
Saving documents you create
When you create a new document or change an existing one, youíll want to save your work. Itís a good idea to save documents regularly as you work.
To save a document:
Choose File > Save.
Enter a name for the document.
Choose where you want to save the document.
You can choose a folder from the Where pop-up menu, or click the downward-pointing triangle and browse through the folders on your computer.
The Documents folder in your home folder is a good place to keep your work. You can also create a new folder to store all the files for a particular project. To create a new folder, click New Folder.
Set any other available options.
Some applications let you specify other options, such as the format of the file or whether to show the filename extension.
To save a copy of an existing document:
Choose File > Save As and give the new document a different name from the original.
Using the Save As command lets you save different versions of a document, so you have your original and a working draft.
To quickly move to a location in the Save dialog:
To move to your home folder, press Command-Shift-H.
To move to the desktop, press Command-Shift-D.
To move to your iDisk, press Command-Shift-I.
Click a location in the sidebar (at the left side of any Finder window).
Search for a folder by entering its name in the search field. (After entering text in the search field, you can select where to search for the folder.)
Drag a folder from the desktop or a Finder window to the Save dialog.
Press Command-Shift-G or the Slash key ( / ), and then enter the path to the folder.
You can also save across two Finder windows.
IDK if this will work but try opening a Finder window > choose the partition you created > create and name a folder > drag and drop the folder to the sidebar. And yes you can create a shortcut of the folder on the Dock, just drag and drop it to the righ tside of the line that's on the Dock.