How to fix External Drive Not Showing Up on Desktop or Finder Sidebar MacBook Pro/ Air/ iMac

Last Updated on Jun 5, 2020

Mac OS is a quite unidirectional platform than Windows, Linux, and other operating systems. So seriously the beginner Mac users and some of who are switched from other platforms to Mac OS X. Almost those folks feeling something odd concern Mac System likely dock, top menu bar, system settings, and much more. So with this topic, I’ll give you here the solution of external Drive Not Showing Up on Mac desktop Also Enable External Drive from Finder sidebar.

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Not only beginners but experienced users also having issue relates external hard drive disappear on the desktop. They say while they are trying to connect external USB hard disk with MacBook Pro, Mac Book Air, iMac or MacMini then disk utility doesn’t show up external drive icon on the desktop. So for your easy convenience, I offer you potential clues to fix External hard disk missing on Mac desktop. If you try to move the iTunes library to an external hard drive and disk doesn’t showing up on Mac?

Note: you can apply this post for the latest MacOS, MacOS Catalina, macOS Mojave (10.14), High Sierra, Sierra, EI Capitan, and Yosemite.

Guide to fix External Drive Not Showing Up on Mac Mac desktop & Finder Sidebar

Method 1. Do checkmark to show the external hard disks items on the desktop

If ‘’external hard disks show on the desktop’’ option accidently unchecked, then this case you can’t see external hard disks on your Mac desktop. So make assure it’s checked by the following steps.

Step 1. Go to Finder on the top menu bar (you can navigate Finder using Spotlight Search).

Open Finder on MacBook Mac

Open Finder on MacBook Mac

Step 2. Click on Preferences…finder preferences to fix external Drive Not Showing Up on Mac

Step 3. Choose General → to make checked box External disks

External hard disk missing on Mac desktop ei capitan, os x yosemite

That’s it.

Now your External Drive will appear on Desktop screen.

External Drive on Mac Desktop

External Drive on Mac Desktop

Now go on the desktop and check the external hard disk that should be appeared.

2. Enable External Drive on Finder Sidebar

Access External drive are USB Drive, Hard Disk from the desktop is traditional way to access external drive on your Macbook, Mac. Follow the below steps for Start accessing your External drive from the finder sidebar.

  1. Open Finder on Macbook Mac.

    Open Finder on MacBook Mac

    Open Finder on MacBook Mac

  2. Next, From the top menu, Go to top menu Finder >
    Finder Preferences on Mac-2

    Finder Preferences on Mac-2

    ..

  3. Now, Select the sidebar tab from the top, and Enable the checkbox for External Drive under the locations section.

    Enable External Disks on Finder sidebar macbook mac

    Enable External Disks on Finder sidebar MacBook mac

  4. That’s it. See the drive-in finder sidebar.

    External Drive on Finder Sidebar

    External Drive on Finder Sidebar

  5. Your Finder will see the attached External drive in the sidebar.

Method 2. Alternatively, go to Disk Utility

Type disk Utility in Spotlight search

Choose an external drive from the left sidebar.Type disk Utility in Spotlight search

You’re done.

Method 3. Restart Mac/ Mac Mini

after trying the above tip you didn’t show external hard drive then restart your Mac once. And then check again.

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