Where’s Hard Drive Icon? How to Get Macintosh HD Show on Desktop

Back to the PC age, I was used to clicking “My Computer” (in Windows 10 it’s “This PC”) to access everything. Likewise, on my Mac, I always go to “Macintosh HD” first and pull out any file or folder.

But, I remember clearly, the first time I got my Mac, the desktop is totally clean ? nothing there. So the question is: where is the hard drive icon on Mac OS X?

Today, I’m going to show you how to get the Macintosh HD icon (or “Macintosh SSD” in case you rename it differently) show up on the desktop. It’s actually very simple.

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Step 1: On your Mac desktop, move your mouse cursor to the top left corner. Next to the Apple logo, click Finder and select Preferences.

Step 2: In the pop-up window Finder Preferences -> General tab, under “Show these items on the desktop:” you see the checkbox “Hard disks“? Yes, make sure you check it.

Step 3: Now take a look at the top right corner, does the “Macintosh HD” icon show? Voila!

Likewise, if you don’t want the icon to show up. Simply go to the Finder Preferences and uncheck the hard disk option. That’s it.

Note: By the time wrote this tip, my Mac is running under OS X El Capitan. It’s possible that the steps above can be different if your Mac is with other OS X version. Therefore, I’d appreciate it if you let me know if this trick doesn’t work out for you.

Happy reading.

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