Where's the Macintosh HD icon in Snow Leopard?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by tmt345, Aug 28, 2009.

  1. tmt345 macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2008
    Its not on the Desktop but its on the sidebar in the Finder, how do I add it to the Desktop.

  2. djon41 macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2007
    I just made a thread about this, as well. You need to go into Finder>preferences and select the show hard disks box. No idea why it was unchecked in the first place.
  3. Vader macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2004
    Saint Charles, MO
    Click on the Finder, then press "⌘ ,"
    This will open Finder's preferences and there should be a check box for showing drives on the desktop.

    This is the leopard method, should still be there in Snow Leopard.

    Edit: Beat to it while I tried to find the ⌘ symbol
  4. kbseattle macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    thanks Vader... worked great...
  5. webraider macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2005
    I have an idea as to why it's gone.

    I think I know why it wasn't checked. Apple has been trying to release a Mac OS X without that desktop icon since they acquired Next. If you notice, it's not in any of their pictures. My beef with it is that if you going to replace it with the finder Icon, you better make sure it does everything that the HD icon did. They got the first part right. They've added spring loaded folders to the finder icon. I can drag a file straight there and if you tell finder to open at the root level or your HD (also in preferences), it will act just like the HD icon. The only problem.. I had this yesterday. I downloaded a disk image to install on the hard drive. All that was on the window was an image, not App Folder etc.. So Normally I would have just dragged it onto my Macintosh HD icon. The problem is It wasn't there so I dragged it onto the finder Icon instead.. Finder didn't do anything because I "already had a finder window open". Spring loaded folders only works for Finder if you don't already have a window open. Then I realized I had an app folder in the dock and that worked. It seems that with the finder, and sidebar, you can do just about anything without having the Macintosh HD icon. Everything else however will still show up there. The only difference is the HD icon is a no brainer, but if it's not there, most people won't exactly know where to go to browse their files. I think Apple and Microsoft are not pushing the "bare" desktop look.

    On a side note, you can actually take a step back to the old Mac OS with this release too. After you enable the Hard Drive to appear on the desktop, You can Also open a finder window and Hide the sidebar in ALL finder windows. This never worked before, it would only work per volume but this new feature hides the sidebar for EVERYTHING. I actually use my sidebar some, but I liked the view of the finder windows without the sidebar. It looked simpler... Like the good old days.

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