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My Hard Drive Icon is GONE!

4554 Views 23 Replies Latest reply: Jan 28, 2008 4:19 PM by imac2719 RSS
  • CHarvey Calculating status...
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    Nov 3, 2007 9:14 AM (in response to absolutazn87)
    Hi. I seem to be having the same problems as the rest of you. After installing Leopard (upgrade from Tiger), my hard drive icon keeps disappearing (from the desktop and "My devices" in the Finder). I keep setting it to "visible" using AppleScript, but short while later it's gone again. I can still access my files... just not as directly.

    I use a MacBook Intel Core Duo, 2GHz, 1.25Gb RAM and have 4.4Gb of 55.6Gb of free disk space (not much free space I know, but I can't help that at the moment).

    I haven't found much about this on the internet (apart from this site obviously) but thought I should add my experience to the rest of yours, so hopefully it will be fixed shortly, although if any of you come across a long time fix, I'd love to know.
    Macbook Intel Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.5), 2GHz, 1.25Gb RAM
  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (29,570 points)
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    Nov 3, 2007 9:38 AM (in response to Plasticmoldsman)
    Can each of you who had the HD disappear after installing Leopard post the method you used to install 10.5:

    1) Erase and Install
    2) Archive and install
    3) Update

    Also, can you see your Dock? If so, can you click-hold on some item until you get the "Show in Finder" message. That should open a Finder window. Are the drives still missing from the sidebar if you do that?
    PowerMac G4 MDD 1.25G SP 1G RAM;, ; also Beige G3 Rev C MT with Sonnet G3/500 (10.3.9)
  • ali brown Level 7 Level 7 (26,465 points)
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    Nov 3, 2007 9:30 PM (in response to Allan Jones)
    Hi AJ!

    Do you think that maybe, the info in this older KB Article Mac OS X volume does not appear in Finder or on the desktop after restarting or logging out and back in, is related, and still pertinent?

    ali b
    Snow iMac(10.3.9/9.2.2) 600MHz/256MB/40GB/CD-RW/AOL, MacBook(10.4.9) 1.83GHz/667MHz/512MB/60GB/Combo/AOL
  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (29,570 points)
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    Nov 3, 2007 9:39 PM (in response to ali brown)
    Could be, but that's what I believe KaiSg is referencing in the post above marked "Solved."
    PowerMac G4 MDD 1.25G SP 1G RAM;, ; also Beige G3 Rev C MT with Sonnet G3/500 (10.3.9)
  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (29,570 points)
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    Nov 4, 2007 2:20 PM (in response to Plasticmoldsman)
    Some progress on this on another AD Forum area:

    http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=5750756

    Allan
    PowerMac G4 MDD 1.25G SP 1G RAM;, Mac OS X (10.3.x), ; also Beige G3 Rev C MT with Sonnet G3/500 (10.3.9)
  • Eduardo Slesaransky Calculating status...
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    Nov 12, 2007 3:55 PM (in response to KaiSg)
    I just had the same issue with Leopard (main drive icon's gone), the weird thing is that Leopard was working fine (except for several Internet drop-offs) and just suddenly after using the Dual G5 2.0 as a Target disk mode, when I restarted the Macintosh HD icon was gone, but I had all accessibility to the files.

    Bare Bones Super Get Info solved the issue as you indicated.

    Thanks!

    E.S.
    PowerMac G5 Dual 2.0 Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • ToddHoward Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Nov 26, 2007 10:30 AM (in response to Plasticmoldsman)
    Super Get Info solved the problem for me too. (The 14 day free trail should be good enough to get you back in business, however, please consider the small fee to register the app since BareBones saved your butt... - no, I don't work for them, they just rock.)

    A couple of reasons this may have HAPPENED to me in the first place (in case this is helpful to anyone) I was in a secondary user account and was trying to copy and replace the hard drive ICON right before it happened, and also, I renamed the hard drive right after installing leopard, and then yesterday, renamed it to a third name, and then back to the second name. (I was doing some trainings, and thought it'd be helpful to my users to see a different name there than what it was - made sense in context at the time...)

    Also, I have a TIP for those of you going the Super Get Info route.

    How do you FIND your hard drive to make it visible?

    - Choose File --> Open,
    - then click "Applications" in the side bar,
    - and then go into the file path drop down menu at the top of the open file dialog box (The one that now says Applications since you clicked Applications) and look for your hard drive in that menu... - - select it
    - and then click the Open Button once your hard drive name is in the top of the menu (the "name" of the open file dialog box window, in other words.)

    Good luck!

    Message was edited by: ToddHoward
    iMac 24" 2.4 GHZ, 4GB Ram, Mac OS X (10.5), 2GB RAM, Chain of External Firewire 800 Drives, Lexicon Omega I/O
  • Astaic Calculating status...
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    Dec 11, 2007 8:35 PM (in response to elvtechie)
    This was the only thing that worked for me. The Bare Bones Super Get Info didn't work for me. I have a MacBook Pro running Leopard.

    thank you!
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • imac2719 Calculating status...
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    Jan 28, 2008 4:19 PM (in response to Plasticmoldsman)
    All you have to do is type this script into Script Editor.

    tell application "System Events"
    set visible of disk "Mac HD" to true
    end tell
    tell application "Finder" to quit
    delay 1
    tell application "Finder" to launch

    And it should show up everywhere.
    iMac 20", iPod Nano 2g 2GB, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
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