my hardrive icon keeps disappearing from my desktop

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by oran1, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. oran1 macrumors newbie

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    Jan 15, 2010
    #1
    Hi,

    I am wondering can anyone help me.

    I have an extra internal hard drive (Maxtor) on my Apple Mac.

    Recently, I have noticed that the icon on the desktop that represents Maxtor only remains on the desktop for a period of 2-3 days then disappears. I then have to manually restore it but any files saved on it are lost.

    Fortunately I do not use this Maxtor drive for saving files to much but I would still like to know how to solve this problem.

    Oran
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    Feb 20, 2009
    #2
    "Recently, I have noticed that the icon on the desktop that represents Maxtor only remains on the desktop for a period of 2-3 days then disappears. I then have to manually restore it but any files saved on it are lost.
    Fortunately I do not use this Maxtor drive for saving files to much but I would still like to know how to solve this problem."

    Do you leave the drive connected and turned on all the time?

    I'd suggest this:
    - Nightly, drag the drive's icon to the trash to dismount it, then...
    - Shut it down (turn off the power).

    Next day (or next time you need to access it):
    - Just turn it on again.

    Actually, I'd recommend that for the Mac, too. Others may disagree, but I think shutting off at night lessens wear on components, and gives you a "fresh start" next morning. Probably why this old g4 is still running like a top, 5 1/2 years after I bought it.
     

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