external HD on desktop

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by nicos, Jun 13, 2003.

  1. nicos macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2002

    My external HD works fine, but doesn't show up on the desktop.

    What can I do?


  2. Wardofsky macrumors 65816

    Aug 6, 2002
    This happens sometimes with me and so far I've just had to put up with it.
    Sometimes it can be the FireWire port, sometimes it can be the OS.

    I suggest that you use Drive Utility (In utils) and do a quick permission check and a scan for errors.
    This fixed one of my drives in one case but yours may be different.

    If all else fails, get something like Disk Warrior and do a complete fix.

    Good luck...
  3. nicos thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2002
    Thanks. I've repaired permissions quite a few time already, with no change. Everything else shows up fine either USB or FW (floppy, CDs, ipod, flash memory...). Nothing systematic.
    But I'll give Disk Utility a go.
  4. nicos thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2002
    oh if all things could be that simple!

    I solved my problem. Well, a friend helped me...

    I hope others will also find the answer to this trivial question useful so here it is....

    activate the finder (click on desktop)
    go to Preferences
    first options relate to what is shown on the desktop: click Hard drive for external HD to show up!

    Hope this helps...
  5. Porshuh944turbo macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2003
    hehehe.. nice when things are so easy huh? :)

    I was about to say just what you did.. so good job on getting it fixed.. I knew you could do it.. ;)

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