My "Macintosh HD" Drive is invisible

Discussion in 'macOS' started by absolutazn87, Oct 31, 2007.

  1. absolutazn87 macrumors member

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    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
     
  2. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816

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    Do you mean on your desktop or everywhere? If it's just your desktop, you can change the Finder preferences to show it.
     
  3. absolutazn87 thread starter macrumors member

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    everywhere.
    it's not on the desktop, sidebar, or computer folder.

    i've checked the attributes and it's not visible
     
  4. JamesT macrumors newbie

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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.
     
  5. absolutazn87 thread starter macrumors member

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    I did an archive and install. Still didn't fix it.
     
  6. JamesT macrumors newbie

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  7. quintus314 macrumors newbie

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    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
     
  8. quintus314 macrumors newbie

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    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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