My "Macintosh HD" Drive is invisible

absolutazn87

macrumors member
Original poster
Sep 16, 2007
68
0
New York, NY
After installing Leopard my Macintosh HD drive is invisible.

I checked the attributes in Terminal. I looked around on the internet and I found this command after installing Developer Tools:

/Developer/Tools/SetFile -a v /Volumes/"Macintosh HD"

The problem is after it sets my drive as visible, it doesn't stick. After I restart or sometimes just after I launch finder afterwards without restarting, the drive will re-hide itself. Anyone have any idea what's wrong and how to fix it?

Thanks
 

JamesT

macrumors newbie
Nov 1, 2007
2
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Mac HD Invisible

Hi,

I have exactly the same issue - my macintosh HD icon is not visible on my desktop. I spent 2 hours on the phone to AppleCare Support yesterday running through a multitude of things, including a similar command line that you mentioned:

/Developer/Tools/SetFile -a v /Volumes/"Macintosh HD"

I have not got the command line to work that Apple sent to me (I installed all the developer stuff also). This however was the link that apple sent to me:

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=305402

But you'll notice that the command line there is shorter than the one you mentioned... oh and it doesn't work either lol :(

My solution was to go out and buy an external hard disk (delivered 20 minutes ago), and I will do a full backup of my system, and then reinstall from scratch :(

I'll let you know how it goes.
 

absolutazn87

macrumors member
Original poster
Sep 16, 2007
68
0
New York, NY
Hi,

I have exactly the same issue - my macintosh HD icon is not visible on my desktop. I spent 2 hours on the phone to AppleCare Support yesterday running through a multitude of things, including a similar command line that you mentioned:

/Developer/Tools/SetFile -a v /Volumes/"Macintosh HD"

I have not got the command line to work that Apple sent to me (I installed all the developer stuff also). This however was the link that apple sent to me:

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=305402

But you'll notice that the command line there is shorter than the one you mentioned... oh and it doesn't work either lol :(

My solution was to go out and buy an external hard disk (delivered 20 minutes ago), and I will do a full backup of my system, and then reinstall from scratch :(

I'll let you know how it goes.

I did an archive and install. Still didn't fix it.
 

quintus314

macrumors newbie
Feb 22, 2008
18
0
HR, VA, USA
Hi! I just joined and here's the best way to fix it. Use the AppleScript program it gives you on this page. Here's the url:

http://www.pinkmutant.com/articles/invisible.html

That should do it! This happened to me and this fixed it! I think I also attached an application that will do this and ask you what drive you want to fix but I'm not sure - I just signed up for this forum thing.

Good luck!
:apple::):D
 

quintus314

macrumors newbie
Feb 22, 2008
18
0
HR, VA, USA
oh and by the way, here's my version of the code:

Code:
set discName to text returned of (display dialog "Enter the name of the disc that went invisible." default answer "Disc Name Here")
tell application "System Events"
	set visible of disk discName to true
end tell
tell application "Finder" to quit
delay 1
tell application "Finder" to launch
it's in applescript :D
 
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