Ext.HD shows 2 partitions on desktop and 1 in sidebar

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by davcoccio, Apr 20, 2014.

  1. davcoccio macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2014

    I have a Western Digital 1TB External Hard Drive and I made 2 partitions, one Mac OS Extended Journaled and the other in FAT32.

    The drive works perfectly but when I plug it into the iMac, 9 times out of 10 the two partitions appear in the Desktop but only one (FAT32) appears in the sidebar of a Finder window. And it does the same thing on my MacBook Pro.

    Here are some screenshots :

    Does anyone know why and if it can be fixed? Maybe a reformat would help?

  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Have you tried dragging the Mac formatted partition into the sidebar?

    Not sure if this will work for you, because I seldom use the sidebar, myself.

    That said, so long as the partition mounts on the -desktop-, and so long as you can access it there, I wouldn't go to the trouble of re-initializing it.

    If you can "get to it" on the desktop, go with what works....
  3. davcoccio thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2014
    Yeah I've tried it, it works but I have to do it every time I plug my HD.
    It's definitely not a major issue but it itches me when for example in a Save dialog I have to look for the drive in the iMac root folder because it's not showing up in the sidebar. :) So maybe someone has an explanation for that.
  4. matreya macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    This is not a fix, but a workaround that might be OK for you:

    Command drag the drive icons to the topbar of the finder window, and they will be there for you to reference whenever you like :)
  5. davcoccio thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2014
    Oh yes thanks! Done! But that still doesn't fix the Save Dialogs though :)
  6. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I just did a test with a USB key and made one partition HFS+ and the other FAT32 and ejected then reinserted the key and ejected a couple times. Every time both partitions show on the Desktop and in the Finder sidebar. So dunno what's up with your setup. :confused:

    I'm on Mavericks 10.9.2.
  7. davcoccio thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2014
    Yes I have other drives with 2 partitions and they all show up correctly as they should.
    I think this is a problem with the drive and maybe the original formatting that went slightly wrong.
    I guess that's not a common issue...

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