OT Startup disk icon gone invisible


    May 17 2007 | 4:35 pm
    I'm on a G5 with OSX 10.4.8. Suddenly my startup disk has become invisible. Everything is there and still works. It boots but the disk doesn't show up on the desktop. I can see it in disk utilities. Searches find its contents. Any wisdom?
    Cheers Gary Lee Nelson Oberlin College www.timara.oberlin.edu/GaryLeeNelson

    • May 17 2007 | 4:52 pm
    • May 17 2007 | 4:57 pm
      On 17-mai-07, at 18:35, Gary Lee Nelson wrote:
      > I'm on a G5 with OSX 10.4.8. Suddenly my startup disk has become > invisible. > Everything is there and still works. It boots but the disk doesn't > show up > on the desktop. I can see it in disk utilities. Searches find its > contents. Any wisdom?
      I can't check for OS X.4.8 now, but on my OS X.3.9, in the Finder's Preferences (Finder menu-> Preferences), in the General section, you can choose wether the Hard disks are displayed on the desktop or not).
      p
    • May 17 2007 | 5:45 pm
      Yes, I tried that. Other disks were showing up OK. It was something strange. I ran DiskWarrior and it returned. So now it's back to draining the swamp*. Thanks to all who replied.
      Cheers Gary Lee Nelson Oberlin College www.timara.oberlin.edu/GaryLeeNelson
      *When you are up to your ass in alligators it's hard to remember that the original object was to drain the swamp.
      On 5/17/07 12:57 PM, "Patrick Delges" wrote:
      > > On 17-mai-07, at 18:35, Gary Lee Nelson wrote: > >> I'm on a G5 with OSX 10.4.8. Suddenly my startup disk has become >> invisible. >> Everything is there and still works. It boots but the disk doesn't >> show up >> on the desktop. I can see it in disk utilities. Searches find its >> contents. Any wisdom? > > I can't check for OS X.4.8 now, but on my OS X.3.9, in the Finder's > Preferences (Finder menu-> Preferences), in the General section, you > can choose wether the Hard disks are displayed on the desktop or not). > > p >
    • May 19 2007 | 8:37 am
      You should also do an immediate full backup of the disk, and keep backing up on a daily basis. This might be an early (or late) warning that the disk is sick and dying.
      Best, Trond
      Gary Lee Nelson wrote: > Yes, I tried that. Other disks were showing up OK. It was something > strange. I ran DiskWarrior and it returned. So now it's back to draining > the swamp*. Thanks to all who replied. > > Cheers > Gary Lee Nelson > Oberlin College > www.timara.oberlin.edu/GaryLeeNelson > > *When you are up to your ass in alligators it's hard to remember that the > original object was to drain the swamp. > > > On 5/17/07 12:57 PM, "Patrick Delges" wrote: > >> On 17-mai-07, at 18:35, Gary Lee Nelson wrote: >> >>> I'm on a G5 with OSX 10.4.8. Suddenly my startup disk has become >>> invisible. >>> Everything is there and still works. It boots but the disk doesn't >>> show up >>> on the desktop. I can see it in disk utilities. Searches find its >>> contents. Any wisdom? >> I can't check for OS X.4.8 now, but on my OS X.3.9, in the Finder's >> Preferences (Finder menu-> Preferences), in the General section, you >> can choose wether the Hard disks are displayed on the desktop or not).
    • May 21 2007 | 11:10 am
      I have exactly the same problem. 3 weeks ago, my startup disk just disapeared. I ran all test and repairs utilities I know, but no way. the system volume is hidden, and I can't find a way to show it. everything works fine, so I could live with it until now... but I would love too to recover my HD !
      I have a windows partition too on that disk. this one hasn't disapeared... [maxbook pro os X.4.9...]
      of course, I make a dayly backup of everything...just in case... but I'm pretty sure that's it's not an hardware problem. there's probably some magic words to type in the terminal to resolve everything... no ?
      best,
      Mathieu
    • May 21 2007 | 1:00 pm
    • May 24 2007 | 8:43 am
      I fixed it !
      in terminal, type : /Developer/Tools/SetFile -a v /Volumes/Your_HD_Name
      (to change Volume attribute : V set to invisible, v set to visible)
      (after that, I had to go in desktop preferences and uncheck + check again "show on the desktop" "hard drive" to 'refresh' the icon on the desktop)
      hope it will work for you !
      cheers
      Mathieu