My HD icon has vanished from my desktop - and no-one knows why!

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  1. joefinan macrumors 6502a

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    My PowerBook is now about two years old and I shut it down last night, started it this morning and the HD icon has vanished from my desktop. Gone! Where is it?

    I restarted and still nothing.

    I'm running 10.5 - any ideas anyone?
     
  2. notsofatjames macrumors 6502a

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    10.5 doesnt show hd icons on the desktop. I think you can enable it in finder>preferences though.
     
  3. tyr2 macrumors 6502a

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    In Finder / Preferences / General, there's a 'show these items on the desktop' option. Is 'hard disks' selected?
     
  4. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Take a look under Finder/Preferences and then under the General tab – has the option to show hard disks on the desktop become unticked for some reason?
     
  5. joefinan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Under finder>preferences show Hard Disks is selected.

    Oh no!

    It's broken!

    Does anyone have any ideas? CDs won't show up on the desktop either...
     
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  7. joefinan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I've tried that one too.

    My Mac is becoming more like a PC every day...
     
  8. iheartcanada macrumors member

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    Can you drag the HD icon out of finder onto your desktop?
     
  9. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    Just in-case, have you tried turning it off and back on again?
     
  10. reubs macrumors 68000

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    Is there any chance you've inadvertently 'quit' Finder? That may be the problem, but it's just a suggestion.
     
  11. joefinan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The HD icon isn't IN finder! It has completely vanished.

    I've tried shutting down and restarting. And I've tried force quitting Finder. But nothing.

    I'm doing a virus scan at the moment.
     
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    Yeah, I have this problem with my iMac as well. The desktop just randomly stops working, essentially. I fix it by restarting.

    Oh, and what are the permissions for your desktop folder?
     
  13. joefinan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not sure what you mean there - could you explain further? Thanks.
     
  14. NAG macrumors 68030

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    Go into your home folder, select the desktop folder, get info, the permissions are at the bottom.
     
  15. joefinan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, thanks for explaining.

    It says "Joe (Me) - Read & Write", "everyone - No Access"

    This is driving me mad! And I'm worried that this is the beginning of me losing all my data (I'm backing-up as we speak).
     
  16. NAG macrumors 68030

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    No, you aren't losing your data. It is just a problem with one of the files that tells the computer what to display on the desktop. Everything is still there.

    I still haven't figured out what exactly is wrong but I usually fix it by get info for the desktop folder, hit the gear button, apply to enclosed (might need to hit the lock button first), and restart.
     
  17. joefinan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok thanks, I'll try that.

    Incidentally, in Finder, if I highlight a file in documents (for example) and click on path, the HDD is greyed out and cannot be clicked on. Almost as though it knows it should be there but it can't see it...
     

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  18. NAG macrumors 68030

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    Okay thats weird. Did you install anything before this started happening?
     
  19. joefinan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Nothing - I've been away for xmas so haven't even really used the computer much. Your idea didn't work I'm afraid...
     
  20. NAG macrumors 68030

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    Yeah, figured it wouldn't after you showed that picture. Have you run any disk checks?
     
  21. joefinan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    In disk utility I've done verify disk, check permissions and repair permissions.
     
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  23. joefinan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm afraid that didn't work either. Logged in as new user - nothing. Shutdown and restarted as me - still nothing. What's going on?!
     

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  24. apsterling macrumors 6502a

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    Something hid your HD. Try opening Disk Utility. If it's missing there, have fun with an Apple support person.
     
  25. joefinan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It's not missing there - so how can I un-hide it...?
     

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