vanished hard drive

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  1. ukjabber macrumors member

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    Hi,

    just the basics.

    I run OSX 10.5.6 on a Macbook Pro.

    All software is up-to-date and I haven't installed anything recently.

    OK. Basically my hard drive (internal) has vanished from the desktop.
    I've done the usual in checking the finder preferences, doing a disk utility check on the permissions files etc etc and still it's not come back.

    Any other recommendations apart from a complete re-install. At the moment it's so busy with work that it's not really convenient and although it's a pain that it's vanished I can live without it if necessary.

    Any gurus out there with any ideas? I'm not a novice and have had macs for about 10 years so know my way around but this one has got me stumped.

    Cheers in advance.
     
  2. sammich macrumors 601

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    I'm assumed that the icon has just disappeared. In that case, when you're Finder (says 'Finder' in the top left), click on it, go to Preferences. Under 'Show these items on the desktop', check that 'Hard Disks' is checked. If it was already, un-check it, then check it again.

    It should then be on your desktop.
     
  3. ukjabber thread starter macrumors member

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    tried that and it still doesn't show up.

    It's really bizarre. One minute it was there and then the next minute it just vanished!
     
  4. sammich macrumors 601

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    In Finder, go to 'View -> Clean up'.

    Otherwise try, 'View -> Arrange By -> (any in that list will do)'. Note: this will mess up the arrangement of your icons on your desktop.
     
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  6. sammich macrumors 601

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    Okay, maybe I assumed wrong.

    You're using your MBP, and it's working from the hard drive that's missing from the desktop? If that's the case, I'd try a restart. If that doesn't work, make a new user and log into that.
     
  7. ukjabber thread starter macrumors member

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    this is what I've done so far.

    1. done a repair disk and preferences check through disk utility
    2. done a reboot as normal
    3. done a disk repair using the original dvd
    4. done a safe boot restart

    nothing so far has worked. I'll try switching users in a mo and let you know what that does.
     
  8. sammich macrumors 601

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    If you're using booting off the 'missing' drive, then there shouldn't be anything wrong with it, because you're using it.
     
  9. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    open Terminal in the Utilities folder (or search for it in Spotlight) and enter this command.
    Code:
    sudo chflags hidden /;killall Finder
     
  10. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    That's the meat of the article I posted. Way to go straight to the point.
     
  11. ukjabber thread starter macrumors member

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    ok, what is the kill all finder going to do to my machine?
     
  12. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Restart Finder
     
  13. ukjabber thread starter macrumors member

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    nope that doesn't work either.

    Just did a reboot and the basics in the finder prefs too and still nothing.

    Very puzzling this one.
     
  14. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Did you follow all the steps in the article I posted?
     
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  16. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Well, I'm stumped.
     
  17. ukjabber thread starter macrumors member

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    me too.... like i said i'm not a novice on macs and this one has completely mystified me!

    Thanks for your help guys. Where I am it's pub time so gonna grab a few beers!!
     

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