HDD icon disappeared but disk still in use...?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Gloor, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. Gloor macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    I came back from a holiday and when I turned on my computer, my main HDD icon (same hdd that the system boots from) is no longer on my desktop nor in finder. I have to manually dig for it to be able to go through the files etc. Anyone knows why is that?
    Also, the icon looks grayed a bit compared to others.

    see picture for more details :)

    Thanks

    Edit: the hdd in question is named Cindy just to clarify that :)
     

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  2. nardac macrumors newbie

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    Check in finder preferences , the box :
    display the HD in desktop e in sidebar.
     
  3. Gloor thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Got everything ticked. The "Cindy" hdd is not there so I can't even tick it. All other drives are fine and there but not "Cindy" :(
     
  4. nardac macrumors newbie

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    Very strange.
    Open terminal and write :
    open /Volumes/Cindy

    Is opened the window?
     
  5. ltldrummerboy macrumors 68000

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    What is the drive named "Untitled"? Boot Camp partition? Try booting from a Mac OS X install disc and then open Disk Utility and repair the disk.
     
  6. Gloor thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It does open it

    It is a separate hard drive that is formatted in windows file system only. Not a partition but a whole disk.

    The Cindy (system) disk works as usual but the only things that are not ok are: 1)missing icon on the desktop 2) missing icon in the finder

    Very strange :(
     
  7. nardac macrumors newbie

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    Try to drag the HD icon in the top of the windows "Cindy" in the sidebar
     
  8. Gloor thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Doesn't work. Doesn't allow me to move it there.
     
  9. allan.nyholm macrumors 6502a

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    Does it show in Disk Utility? Maybe it's one of those permission problems. Try Permission Repair if you can.
     
  10. kolax macrumors G3

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    To the OP - did you even try this?

    You are continuing to ask for help, yet you avoided doing one thing that could fix the problem.
     
  11. Gloor thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Actually, I am doing it right now but its taking ages. :)
    Not avoiding, trust me :)
     
  12. Gloor thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ok, tried repairing permissions and repairing the disc but its still not there. Any more ideas? It is a really strange issue if you think about it. The disc boots up, I'm able to use it and even look for files in it but it appears like an invisible one. hmm :(
     
  13. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    Well if you have the Developer's tools installed you can try entering the following in the Terminal:

    SetFile -a v "/Volumes/Drive Name Goes Here"

    Substituting your drive name where appropriate- and the quotations and spaces are important! That is a way (but using a capital V) of hiding drives from the desktop (like I did with my Boot Camp partition icon) while keeping them active, so this version (that re-enables visibility on them once hidden) might do the trick.
     
  14. Gloor thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks Sickmacdoc but it didn't work. Maybe its because I don't have the tools. :))

    Anyway, I found a solution that fixed it. This is the command that helped:

    sudo chflags nohidden /

    and the whole issue explained is here :

    http://support.apple.com/kb/TA25203?viewlocale=en_US

    :)

    Thank you all for trying to help. I appreciate it.
     
  15. Komiksulo macrumors 6502

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    Thanks! My boot drive disappeared from the Finder (but was still navigable), and this command returned it. :)
     

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