2240 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Jul 19, 2008 1:36 AM by gundarooster
Click on the Finder icon on the dock (stylized blue smiley face).
Select the menu item "Finder >> Preferences..."
Check the box marked "External Disks" under "Show these items on the Desktop:" (if already checked, uncheck, then check again)
Click on the tab labeled "Sidebar"
Click on the box next to "External Disks" under Devices (if already checked, uncheck, then check again)
Finally, if that doesn't fix it, do the following: in your home directory, find the file Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist and drag it to the Trashcan, and then hold down the "option" key while clicking on the Finder icon in the dock and select "Relaunch" from the pop-up menu.
The first set of instructions merely enables the disk appearing on the desktop and in the Finder. If disabled, you'd see absolutely nothing happen when you inserted an USB disk (hard disk or thumb drive).
The second set of instructions presumes that the Finder preferences file has somehow gotten botched. Removing it and restarting the finder will generally fix things.