7 Replies Latest reply: Aug 29, 2007 4:34 AM by hellboy500
H.Lecture Level 1 (0 points)
Hi There!I have a macpro.After booting into mac os i found out that the macintosh hd drive was missing from the desktop.I updated to 10.4.9.Its after this update this has happened.Please help.How do i restore the drive icon on the desktop?
Best Regards.

MacPro, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • cheshirekat Level 4 (1,215 points)
    Did you check your Finder Preferences from your Finder menu? In the "General" tab, there's an option to show or hide icons on your desktop like hard disks, DVDs, connected servers. (In some applications, using command+comma will open the Preferences dialog.)
  • The hatter Level 9 (60,930 points)
    Updating the OS should be done "carefully."

    Backup first.
    Repair your boot drive. First with Disk Utility, then with Disk Warrior.
    Clean the system and library cache folders.
    Do a Safe Boot.
    Apple the updates.
    Don't use the system while it is downloading and updating.
    Use the combo update and stand alone versions.
    Repair Permissions after update.
    Leave all FW drives off has usually been good idea.

    How many drives do you have? which drive was it????
  • H.Lecture Level 1 (0 points)
    yes all the repairs has been done.This happened before.there was a thread in this section about using the terminal and dev tools to restore the Mac Hd Icon on to the desktop.But i am not able to find that thread.
  • Donald Palmer Level 4 (2,170 points)
    Is the name of the drive there but no icon? If so, do a get info on the drive.See if you can click on the area where the icon would be. Does it make an outline? If so, pick a icon from the web, do a get info on it, edit>copy it, go to the missing drive icon and edit>paste it.
  • MPag Level 1 (0 points)
    I had the same problem. Macintosh HD icon was missing from both the desktop and the sidebar (in Finder window)

    I checked/unchecked everything pertinent in Finder's Preferences.

    I downloaded ad installed "Path Finder".

    After opening Path Finder, I Command-Clicked (or right clicked) the Hard Disk icon in the left pane of Path Finders windows (under volumes), and selected "Get Info"

    After that, I unchecked the box "Invisible"

    I restarted, and the icon was back on my desktop and back in the finder.

    I have no idea how it became "invisible" in the first place.

    Hope this helps.
  • Eeeeeeeeeeee Level 1 (50 points)
    Path Finder fixed the problem. Something caused my Hard Drive icon to become invisible over the last few days. Don't know what.
  • hellboy500 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same problem, suddenly invisible Macintosh HD. I checked the name doesn't have .Macintosh HD. Spotlight will find it but it wont appear in the sidebar or on the desktop. It seems that Path Finder will allow you to make it visible, but where can I get Path Finder please.