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

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  1. davcoccio macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

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

    Thanks
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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    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

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    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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