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Cannot find my hard drive icon anywhere!!!

2460 Views 14 Replies Latest reply: Jan 20, 2009 6:23 AM by cliff kearns RSS
Bruce Kittle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 1, 2008 4:53 PM
My hard drive icon came up missing. I cannot bring it up on my desktop or access my hard drive directly. I can still get to my apps, desktop, documents, and my system name folders which show up in the finder window but I cannot access any folders in my hard drive which is ALL of my work! What the ** happened to it? All of my clients work is on there and I can't bring it up??
iMac 2.4 Intel Core 2 duo 24", Mac OS X (10.5.2), 4 gig of ram
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,145 points)
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    Dec 1, 2008 5:27 PM (in response to Bruce Kittle)
    Open a Finder window, select column view, and navigate up to the boot volume level. Double-click any root-level folder. BTW, CMDSHIFTA and CMDSHIFTU bring up the /Applications and its /Utilities subfolder. Finally, Desktop->Finder->Preferences->General->check Show items on Desktop for Hard Disks.
    24" iMac 2.8 Core 2 Ext 4 GB RAM/G4 450 MP Gigabit 1.5 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.5), (G4 w/10.5.5/10.4.11/9.2.2)
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,145 points)
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    Dec 1, 2008 6:38 PM (in response to Bruce Kittle)
    Create a new admin user account, log into it, and see if the problem persists. If so, then something's corrupt in the original. If not, then it's system wide and the first thing to try is to install a COMBO update. Since both of your machines are running obsolete versions, I suggest the 10.5.5 COMBO, repairing permissions, and restarting. If that solves the issue, run Software Update for anything else that's available, install, and repeat. if no more updates show up, repair permissions, and restart.
    24" iMac 2.8 Core 2 Ext 4 GB RAM/G4 450 MP Gigabit 1.5 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.5), (G4 w/10.5.5/10.4.11/9.2.2)
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,145 points)
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    Dec 1, 2008 9:34 PM (in response to Bruce Kittle)
    Assuming the problem's system-wide, since you didn't say you create another admin user account, it's time to do an Archive & Install, followed by the COMBO update, and any other little pieces that might be available. if you didn't create the admin user account, do that, and report back.
    24" iMac 2.8 Core 2 Ext 4 GB RAM/G4 450 MP Gigabit 1.5 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.5), (G4 w/10.5.5/10.4.11/9.2.2)
  • Francine Schwieder Level 6 Level 6 (19,000 points)
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    Dec 1, 2008 9:42 PM (in response to Bruce Kittle)
    Sounds like the invisible bit got set for your drive. Try launching Terminal from your Utilities folder and then copy and paste this command into the Terminal window:

    sudo chflags nohidden /

    Press the return key. You'll be asked for your admin password. Type it carefully as it won't be echoed to the screen in any way whatsoever and press the Return key again. For more information about the invisible bit, see this article:

    http://www.pinkmutant.com/articles/invisible.html

    If you added a Spotlight comment to the drive, you'll need to carefully read the bottom section of the article on Leopard, invisiblity and Spotlight, and run the xattr command described.
    Francine


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  • Francine Schwieder Level 6 Level 6 (19,000 points)
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    Dec 2, 2008 1:16 AM (in response to Bruce Kittle)
    So far the only cause that is reproducible is adding a Spotlight comment to the drive in Leopard. The invisible bit would then be set when Spotlight indexing ran. This MAY have been fixed in one of the point upgrades in Leopard. Or at least mitigated. But the general problem has been occurring since Tiger, and I have never seen any explanation, nor even any theory, about what might be causing it. I don't think you should blame your KooKoo clock. Something is coo-coo in the Finder, and whatever it is got introduced by Apple in Tiger, and has carried over to Leopard. Perhaps re-writing the Finder for Snow Leopard will finally fix it.... One can hope. Some people have reported working quietly away and seeing the drive icon vanish off the Desktop, without having done anything at all except run their normal programs.
    Francine


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  • ndelc Calculating status...
    I noticed that problem today as well, and tried your fix. It worked! Thanks so much for the help!
    2.4ghz MacBook Pro, Dual 2.5ghz G5 Power Mac, 667mhz TiBook, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • hbdakilloer Calculating status...
    Hi Francine,

    can't thank you enough, searched a while to fix this problem. It's so widespread, can't believe Apple hasn't in some way addressed this issue. Compared your jan 2006 posts to this, can't help but notice how simple the solution has become.

    Thank you again. Best wishes,

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    MB Dual Core, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Francine Schwieder Level 6 Level 6 (19,000 points)
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    Jan 11, 2009 6:07 PM (in response to hbdakilloer)
    It's so widespread, can't believe Apple hasn't in some way addressed this issue. Compared your jan 2006 posts to this, can't help but notice how simple the solution has become.


    Heh heh, yes, so far the only Apple response to the problem has been to add the command for a simpler fix. While that is nice, it would be even nicer if someone could discover why it happens! So far the only known, reproducible case is the one in Leopard where adding a Spotlight comment to a drive would cause the drive to become invisible when the mds process ran. I've never seen any explanation for any of the OTHER cases where it happens.
    Francine


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    2x2.66 Dual Core MacPro; iBookG4; iPod, Mac OS X (10.5.5), Cinema Display, Wacom Tablet
  • cliff kearns Calculating status...
    I too ran into this problem today and your solution worked perfectly.

    There are numerous other threads addressing this issue which recommend booting from startup disc, backing up files and reinstalling...etc

    Admins should sticky this discussion.

    Thanks so much
    G5, Mac OS X (10.5.4)

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