no desktop icons for mounted drives?

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

  1. macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2010
    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

    Mar 30, 2011
    NY USA
    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.
  3. macrumors 65816


    Apr 21, 2007
    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

    Dec 10, 2010
    @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.
  5. macrumors 65816

    Patrick J

    Mar 12, 2009
    Oporto, Portugal
    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

    Dec 10, 2010
    excellent thanks, sorry i thought people were saying general under system preferences. my icons are back!
  7. macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2011
    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

    Mar 10, 2011
    Try resetting PRAM.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2011
    Tried! But that didn't solve the problem!
    Any other ideas?
  10. macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2011
    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.
  11. macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  12. macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2012
    Seeing mounted drives

    This was perfect! Thank you!

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