Show or Hide Macintosh HD and other disk drives on the Desktop

Sep 30, 2010 - 5 Comments

show or hide hard drive on mac desktop

You can easily hide or show the “Macintosh HD” main hard drive and other removable drives by adjusting some Finder options.

  • Launch the Finder Preferences from the “Finder” menu, or hit Command+,
  • Under the ‘General’ tab, check or uncheck items you either want shown or hidden, respectively
  • Close Finder preferences

These changes take effect immediately. Through these preferences you can adjust the visibility of Macintosh HD and other internal hard disks, external drives, CD’s, DVD’s, iPods, and even connected servers. Macintosh HD is categorized under ‘Hard disks’ so if you leave it checked it will remain visible.

If you’re a minimalist or you just don’t like the desktop icons and the clutter they can cause, you can always hide all desktop icons in Mac OS X with a simple Terminal command.

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Posted by: William Pearson in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks


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  1. George says:

    When you plug in your iPhone, shouldn’t that appear also?
    Mine does not. Also, how does one get the “Shared” column in the finder window? Thanks much.

  2. adam says:

    lol, what a tips :p

    Yes Iphone & ipad are not mount from Apple decide…

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