How to fix External Drive Not Showing Up on MacBook Pro/ Air/ iMac desktop

Mac OS is a quite unidirectional platform than Window, 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.

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 iTunes library to an external hard drive and disk doesn’t showing up on Mac?

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

Guide to fix External Drive Not Showing Up on Mac Mac desktop: Mojave/ High Sierra

Method 1. Do check mark 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 following steps.

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

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

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

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Do you have any other trick to fix external Drive Not Showing Up on Mac desktop? And you got solved then please let know in the comment box.

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