How do I put the Macintosh HD icon on my desktop?

by Sourabh

If you don’t see your Mac’s hard drive icon, it’s possible that it was never on your desktop. There is still a way to put the icon of your hard drive on your desktop.

  1. Launch Finder. Enter “finder” by pressing Command + Space Bar.
  2. Go to the top menu bar and select Finder, then Preferences.
  3. At the top of the Finder Preferences window, select the General tab.
  4. There are a few options under “Show these items on the desktop.” Check the box next to Hard discs to install Macintosh HD on your desktop. Your Macintosh HD icon will appear right away.
  5. You can also check the boxes to see any of the other options on your desktop, such as external hard drives or connected servers.
  6. When your icon appears on your desktop, click on it and drag it to the desired location.

How to Hide or Remove the Macintosh HD Icon from your Desktop

Where is the Macintosh HD icon on my Mac?

Since classic Mac OS, the Macintosh HD icon has been present in the top right corner of the desktop of new Macintosh computers, though recent versions of macOS hide this from new users by default.

Why can’t I find Macintosh HD on my Mac?

If you interrupted the Mac disc repair process by accident, your Macintosh HD may vanish from Desktop and Finder. In Disk Utility, the starting drive may be greyed out. You can resolve this issue by mounting the device in Disk Utility.

Why does Macintosh HD show on desktop?

If you leave this box checked, Macintosh HD (or whatever you’ve named your hard drive) will continue to be visible. Each drive will have a distinct icon on the desktop.

How do I find Macintosh HD library?

When you use the Go menu in the Finder, hold down the Option key. Library will show up below the home directory of the user who is logged in. Note: Once you open the Library folder, you can drag the Library icon to the Dock, the sidebar, or the toolbar to make it easy to find.

Why can’t macOS be installed on my computer?

Some of the most common reasons why macOS’s installation can’t finish are: The path /System/Installation/Packages/OSInstall.mpkg seems to be missing or broken. Your Mac doesn’t have enough free space.

Can I remove Macintosh HD from desktop?

Click Finder > Preferences at the top of the Finder menu. In Finder’s Preferences, click on General. Uncheck the box next to Hard discs. You can also uncheck the External discs box if you want to get rid of external hard drives from your desktop.

What happens if you erase Macintosh HD?

Everything else on the Macbook/iMac can be found in this one place, so to speak. In other words, removing the Macintosh HD drive wipes the entire device clean, including the operating system, and returns it to the factory defaults, with nothing except Disk Utility flashing in the background.

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Can’t find my Macintosh HD folder?

If your hard disc does not appear on the desktop, pick Finder > Preferences from the Finder menu (either from the dock or the desktop) (Command-Comma). Check the box next to Hard Disks, and it should appear on your desktop.

Why does my Mac have Macintosh HD and Macintosh HD data?

macOS Catalina operates on a special system volume named Macintosh HD that is read-only. This volume is totally isolated from all other data to prevent the unintentional deletion of vital system files. Your files and data are kept on an additional volume titled Macintosh HD – Data.