Macintosh HD on desktop as external drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ConnYoungy, Jun 1, 2016.

  1. ConnYoungy macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2010
    Can anyone riddle me this:

    My mac is set to show external drives on the desktop, but there is a Macintosh HD there that I "don't have permissions to open" and eject is greyed out. Any clue how to remove it?

    If I choose to show regular hard drives on the desktop, my *actual* Mac HD shows up fine and disappears when I set it to.
  2. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    Before you remove it, it's a good idea to know what it is. Do a Get Info on that desktop icon (Finder > File > Get Info). Is its Kind "Volume," or something else? Does its capacity match that of your "regular" Macintosh HD? The General and Sharing and Permissions sections may have some useful hints for you, too.

    Is it possible you have multiple partitions on your hard drive? Open Disk Utility to see if/where that "external" Macintosh HD shows up.

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