no desktop icons for mounted drives?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by unsped, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    am i missing something here, but if i plug in a thumb drive, external hdd, external cdrom they are mounted in the finder but i don't get a shortcut on the desktop. same thing with downloaded .dmg's
     
  2. macrumors 68000

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    That is because the desktop you see isn't the desktop anymore, it is a space to open apps. Odd I know. There is a tool listing on OSXDaily that will show the desktop by defaul and any hidden files, which I like, or go to finder, then click "Desktop" on the left side bar to actually see your desktop and related items. But frankly, after doing that, I just removed my icons from my desktop and made my drives visible on the left side bar of finder.
     
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    MacManiac76

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    Go into Finder -> Preferences and on the General tab make sure the options are checked for Hard Disks, External Disks, etc.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    @marc11 - even if i go to my user/desktop folder i don't see the mount icons
    @macmaniac76 - it would appear that lion doesn't have that option, at least my general pane doesn't show anything related to those items.
     
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    Patrick J

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    IT must. Open a Finder window. Now File, Preferences, and in the General tab (first one), there are 4 options. Tick/untick those.
     

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  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    excellent thanks, sorry i thought people were saying general under system preferences. my icons are back!
     
  7. macrumors newbie

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    Hello! I've got all this preferences checked - External disk drivers; CD ... & etc - but i don't have icons on a desktop. I've got latest updated LION OSX - what else may cause such problem?
     
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    Taz Mangus

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    Try resetting PRAM.
     
  9. macrumors newbie

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    Tried! But that didn't solve the problem!
    Any other ideas?
     
  10. macrumors member

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    Drives not mounting

    I'm having the same issue as here ... has anyone else come across it?

    I connected a new Time Capsule yesterday and their blue drive icons were coming up when I connected to them.

    But now they won't come up. I can connect to the drives, but they don't mount on the desktop.
     
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    Simplicated

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  12. macrumors newbie

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    Seeing mounted drives

    This was perfect! Thank you!
     

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