Hiding a HD Partition in OS X - Possible?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ramuman, Jan 19, 2007.

  1. ramuman macrumors regular


    Mar 7, 2005
    I have a Mac with 2 partitions of the internal HD. One is the NTFS partition for Windows and the other is the partition for OS X. Thing is, I don't like the NTFS partition showing up as 'Untitled' on my desktop. Is there anyway to hide it? I know its possible in Finder, but how about the desktop?

    Since OS X can't write to NTFS, its a moot point to even have it there.

    Put another way I want to stop the automounting of that disk at startup.
  2. mediaguru macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2006
    The middle of BentFork, TN
    Not sure about preventing the volume from mounting, but I found that renaming the Bootcamp volume label in Windows and putting a period in front of the label name hides the volume from showing up on the desktop. It's still present in the Finder sidebar, however.

    Example Volume Name (Without the Quotes): ".WinXP"
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    You should then be able to drag it out of the sidebar if you like. There's a technique involving Terminal to prevent a partition from mounting, but it's not for the faint of heart. :)

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