How to show the storage drive icon on your Mac desktop

By , Nov 18, 2016

Macintosh HD Drive Desktop

Depending on how often you access stuff in your Mac’s file system, you might benefit from having a quick shortcut to your Mac’s primary storage disk(s) on your desktop.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can enable the shortcut on your Mac’s desktop painlessly.

To get started, you need to have Finder in the foreground, which is indicated by seeing the word Finder in the Menu Bar. If you don’t, then just click on the Finder icon from your Mac’s Dock to bring it to the foreground.

Once you’re on the same page, simply follow these steps to show all your Mac’s storage disks on the Desktop:

1) In the Menu Bar, go to Finder → Preferences.

Finder Preferences

2) When the preferences window for Finder opens up, open the General tab.

3) Put a check mark in the Hard Disks checkbox under the Show these items on the desktop header:

Finder Show Hard Disks Desktop

4) Your Mac’s storage disk(s) should now instantly appear on your Desktop:

Macintosh HD Drive Desktop

We say disk(s) because it’s entirely possible you will have more than one. The most common scenario for this to be the case is when you have a Bootcamp partition and have Windows installed on it. If you do, you will also see another disk underneath Macintosh HD called BOOTCAMP.

We’ve shied away from saying “Hard Drive” throughout this tutorial simply because most modern Macs, except for the iMac, are now shipping with solid state drives, and we just wanted to make that quick distinction; toe-may-toe/toe-mah-toe, right?

Now, whenever you need quick access to the file system on your Mac, simply double-click on your Macintosh HD storage drive from the Desktop and you will be brought straight to it.

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  • Agneev Mukherjee

    I love my Desktop simply clean!

    • The Fluffy Alpaca

      Agreed!

  • Chloe Wade IV

    Might wanna edit it says Ddesktop not desktop

  • chjode

    And you can rename your Bootcamp partition to start with a period (.) to hide it from the Mac desktop if that is bothersome.