Why wont my backup drive appear on desktop?

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  1. Audioi macrumors newbie

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    I have a Mac Mini 1.83 Ghz running 10.6.4 that I backup to a 1TB Newer Technologies dedicated drive that will not appear on desktop or finder yet occasionally it backs up the system but not always as scheduled. At first I thought it was a drive issue so the retailer replaced the 1TB drive only with the same results. I have it connected via USB.
    Any ideas?
    Thanks
    Mike
     
  2. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

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    Does it show up in Disk Utility?

    What format is said drive?
     
  3. Audioi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Mac Os Extended Journaled
     
  4. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    Is your internal hard drive showing on the Desktop?
     
  5. Audioi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes the internal drive AND another 300 gig Newer Tech Mini stack appears.
    The other is also connected via USB.
     
  6. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    I think what has happened here is that the hard drive's visibility bit is set to invisible. This AppleSprite: Controlling Hard Drive Visibility With Onyx article tells how to use OnyX to change a currently visible hard drive to invisible. Follow the instructions in that article but instead of making it invisible, make it visible and your drive should show up.
     
  7. Audioi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This opened up a whole bag of worms. It displayed faults on my Boot drive!
     
  8. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    I don't understand. Changing the visibility of your external hard drive doesn't have anything to do with your boot drive.
     
  9. Audioi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No, when I ran the software it found faults on my boot drive that I need to correct first. I had to locate the OS discs first.
     

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