OSX System disk missing from desktop? Help is here.
This just happened to me for the second time, and as the cure took some time to find in Apple discussions I thought I'd post it here for the good of the community.
What's happened to me, and others, is that the icon for your System HD no longer shows up on the desktop or in new Finder window sidebars, but everything is actually working fine. What's happened is that somehow the "visible" attribute of the disk has changed to "invisible". To cure it, open Script Editor (which should be in Applications>AppleScript) and paste the following:
tell application "System Events"
set visible of disk "NameofDisk" to true
tell application "Finder" to quit
tell application "Finder" to launch
*REPLACING "NameofDisk" WITH THAT OF THE ACTUAL NAME OF YOUR DISK*
Click Compile to check for errors and then click Run. You should be back in business.
I hope this comes in handy for someone, sometime. If it does then please feel free to shower me with praise, cash, slutty outboard etc.
Which OS version are you guys having issuses with?
Happened to me (for the first time ever) on 10.4.8 a couple of months ago and this morning again on 10.4.9. I have to say it scared the sh*t out of me the first time it happened, but a little research showed that it was both relatively harmless and frighteningly common.
Richard, Thank you so much for posting this. It worked like a charm.
I've been having this problem for few months now, and the only solution I could find was through some complicated terminal commands which I had no desire to get into.
You made my day