How show only specific devices on Desktop?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by reubs, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. reubs macrumors 68000

    Jun 22, 2006
    I like to keep my desktop rather tidy, but I like to keep the connected devices there so that I know they are connected. However, I have a protected DMG on one of the connected drives, and having both the connected drive AND the protected DMG is not what I want.

    What I'd like to do is simply have the DMG show up on the desktop and NOT the drive the DMG is found on. Is there any way to specify which specific devices I'd like to have show up, or am I stuck with only the option Finder gives me?
  2. ideal.dreams macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2010
    These are the only options that Finder provides:
    *Hard disks
    *External Drives
    *CD's, DVD's, and iPod's
    *Connected Servers

    It doesn't look like you'll be able to make it so Finder won't show the Device you don't want to see. However, you can try going through the back door...

    If you run

    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
    killall Finder
    in terminal, it will show all hidden files. After you do that, put a period in front of the drive name. OS X will ask you if you want to do this for sure, click yes. Then run the same command as above but change TRUE to FALSE.

    You won't be able to see that drive until you run the above command again. Not a very efficient way of doing this, but it should work.

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