Please HELP

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Timma, Jan 2, 2007.

  1. Timma macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2006
    outside Chicago
    I have an internal and an external hard drive. the external is partitioned into two. one day i noticed that the icon for the internal wasnt on my desktop. so i used spotlight to try and find it and drag it back or at least make an alias of it. doesnt find it. if i do some digging i can sometimes find it buried but it is gray and i cant click it. if i try and install something it immediatly finds it and says that i can install on the volume, so i know it stll is working. can anybody think of what i might have done and possibly how to get it back.

    thank you in advance
  2. emw macrumors G4


    Aug 2, 2004
    Perhaps try running Disk Utility to verify/repair the disk?
  3. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Have you done the basics? Like Disk Repair in Disk Utility?
    Sounds like some basic maintenance is in order.

    Other than that what kind of Mac and OS and other specs please.
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Welcome to MR.

    You are booting the machine successfully from the external drive? Is that how you normally boot?

    If you open Disk Utility (in OSX, located in Applications: Utilities), does the name of your internal drive show up on the left in the Disk Utility window?

    It helps in getting faster and more accurate responses if you detail the machine you are using and the operating system version. Also, you can make the title of your thread relevant to the quesion being asked. This is the 3,006th thread entitled "help"
  5. Timma thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2006
    outside Chicago
    Ok im sorry i have a 20"iMac g5 with the isight osx 10.4.8 and i am booting from the internal. and when i do disk utility it does find it. i tried labeling the thread something else and someone came in ad said to ignore me or something so i got no responses.

    thanks again
  6. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Don't understand. You said that the internal drive is not showing on the desktop - now you say you are successfully booting from it. Both statements cannot be true simultaneously.

    What do you mean you find the icon of the hard drive buried?
    Do oyou mean obscured by other items on your Desktop, or within folders on the hard drive?

    Once you find the drive with Disk Utility, please run Repair Permissions.
    Then, boot from your OSX DVD (restart with the OSX DVD in, and hold the "c" key down on your keyboard until the machine boots into the installer. DO NOT INSTALL. instead, choose, from the Installer menu at the top, Disk Utility. Find your internal hard drive, and do a Repair Disk.

    Report on the results.

    :confused: :confused:
  7. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    To clear up some of the confusion...Timma made a previous thread on this (with a full title). Irish Dave replied to it, and then realized that he had misread the question, so he deleted his responses and said to ignore his posts. Timma mistakenly took that to mean that everyone should ignore his thread.


    That said, I have nothing further to add to this than to agree with what CanadaRAM suggested. :D More clarification would definitely help us diagnose your problem.
  8. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    Now I am daft!

    Stupid idea worth trying. From the desktop choose View > Arrange By > Name
  9. matthew24 macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2002
    Does your internal drive show up in the Finder just fine?

    What about Finder > Prefences > General > (Show) Hard Disks?

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