OSX System disk missing from desktop? Help is here.
Old 17th July 2007
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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
end tell
tell application "Finder" to quit
delay 1
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.
Old 17th July 2007
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I have had the same problem, but the script editor solution did not work. Can you please post the link to the apple support discussion?
Old 17th July 2007
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Got it to work !!!! Thanks for the great tip...this has been bugging me for months !
Old 17th July 2007
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Got it to work !!!! Thanks for the great tip...this has been bugging me for months !
Glad it was some use!
Old 17th July 2007
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or you can go to Finder -> Preferences ->

-General -> un/check "Hard disks" under "Show these items on the Desktop:"

-Sidebar -> un/check "Hard disks" under "Show these items in the Sidebar:"
Old 17th July 2007
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Originally Posted by theblotted View Post
or you can go to Finder -> Preferences ->

-General -> un/check "Hard disks" under "Show these items on the Desktop:"

-Sidebar -> un/check "Hard disks" under "Show these items in the Sidebar:"
that doesnt work for this particular issue. you will see and unsee all the hard dirves except the main HD.





thaks for the tip richard!
Old 17th July 2007
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Which OS version are you guys having issuses with?
Old 17th July 2007
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Originally Posted by s.d.finley View Post
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.
Old 18th July 2007
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common? never happened to me...

what seems to be the cause?
Old 18th July 2007
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In my case; I believe that I happend upon unmounting FW (and possibly USB) drive's
Haven't had the problem since I upgraded to 10.4.10

J
Old 18th July 2007
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happend to me, too... brandnew Mac Pro 10.4.10

and i THINK it happenend as i backupped with CCC (carbon copy cloner)
Old 19th July 2007
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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
Old 19th July 2007
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There's another (near) identical thread here with another solution for the same problem.

Try a search.

Anyway if this solution works that's just sweet.
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