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by Tom Nelson

Question: My Mac doesn’t display any drive icons on the desktop. I know it’s supposed to, because I’ve seen hard drive icons on my friend’s Mac, and at the Apple Store, where I bought my Mac.

How do I get my Mac to display the drive icons?

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Screen shot © Coyote Moon, Inc.

Answer: It’s the Finder’s job to display the desktop and all of its icons, including those for storage devices. The problem is that a default install of OS X renders the desktop without the drive icons.

In fact, a default install leaves the desktop with just the default wallpaper and nothing else.

The reasoning behind this default setting is likely lost to history, although if the rumors are to be believed, it involved heated discussions within Apple’s OS X development group.

Read more on About: Macs.

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