Written byVain Rowe
How to fix internal hard drive not showing up on Mac?
Summary: This article helps fix the internal hard drive not showing up on Mac issue. It also tells you to recover your files in macOS Recovery mode with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac if the internal hard drive is failing.
Table of Contents:
- 1. Fix internal hard drive not showing up at boot
- 2. Fix Macintosh HD not showing up on Mac's Finder/Desktop
- 3. Recover data from internal hard drive on Mac
- 4. Mac won't boot and the internal hard drive not showing up
The internal hard drive of your Mac, also known as the startup disk, internal SSD or Macintosh HD, is used to store operating system files and user data, supporting Mac to work in a normal manner.
Yet the startup disk or internal hard drive not showing up on Mac, no startup disk on Mac, stopping you from accessing your data, or even causing your Mac won't turn on normally.
Here are the two common situations:
- Your internal hard drive not showing up at boot
- The Macintosh HD not showing up in Finder/Desktop
As you can't access files on your Mac startup disk, you may lose them. No worries. This post helps you retrieve lost data from your Mac hard drive. Moreover, there are some efficient means to fix the issue - the internal hard drive not showing up on Mac.
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Fix internal hard drive not showing up at boot
The internal hard drive is not recognized at boot up, so the famous question mark error is got. In this situation, you can troubleshoot it with the following steps:
Step 1: Reboot your Mac and meanwhile, press the respecting keys based on your Mac model to boot into macOS Recovery mode.
Step 2: Choose a network for your Mac. Make your Mac connected to the Internet all the time.
Step 3: Select Utilities > Terminal in macOS Recovery mode.
Step 4: Run the following command to launch iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac through iBoysoft Server.
sh <(curl http://boot.iboysoft.com/boot.sh)
Step 5: Check if your internal hard drive is showing up in iBoysoft Data Recovery.
Step 6: If your internal hard drive is showing up in iBoysoft Data Recovery, please follow the wizard to recover data and then erase the drive.
If your internal hard drive is not showing up in iBoysoft Data Recovery either, please send it to the Apple store for help.
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Fix Macintosh HD not showing in Mac's Finder or on Desktop
If you can't see the Macintosh HD on Desktop or in Finder but can start and use your Mac normally, the good news is that your macOS volume (which usually is the Macintosh HD) is working fine.
To edit or copy files on the Macintosh HD, you can try the following solutions to make the Macintosh HD show up in Finder or Desktop again.
Change Mac's settings to show the Macintosh HD
Your Mac computer works in a normal state but the Macintosh HD is not showing up in Desktop and Finder. That is because the Mac hard drive is not set up to display hard drives in Finder or on the desktop. Here are some simple fixes for this:
- Open Finder, and then click the Finder menu on the Apple menu bar at the top of the screen. Select Preferences > General.
- Check "Hard disks" in the General tag to make the Macintosh HD show on the Desktop.
- Continue to select Sidebar in Finder Preferences and check "Hard disks". Then your Macintosh HD should be showing up in the Finder.
- If the "Hard disks" option is ticked but the Macintosh HD is not showing up in the Finder still, open Finder, put your mouse at Locations in the left sidebar and see if it displays "Show" or "Hide". Click and change the state to identify if the hard drive is hidden by the Finder or not.
With the help of these solutions, the Macintosh HD not showing up in Finder or the Desktop issue will be solved. You can access your Mac hard drive freely now.
Recover data from internal hard drive on Mac
Note: Data on the internal SSD is so fragile now that any operation will overwrite it. To prevent further data loss, especially when you haven't backed up your Mac, it's better to immediately recover lost data from the Mac internal hard drive.
This video, showing a detailed way to recover data from an unbootable Mac or a corrupted internal hard drive on Mac, is highly recommended.
iBoysoft Data Recovery, a professional data recovery software, helps you recover lost documents, pictures, audio, videos, emails, etc. from internal and external hard drives. It can recover lost data when the hard drive is not showing up, not mounted, not readable, etc.
It is compatible with macOS 14/13/12/11/10.15/10.14/10.13/10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11 and works fine on M2, M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max Mac.
To recover data from an unbootable Mac, you need to run iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac in macOS Recovery mode. This solution is highly recommended because it is easier and more effective.
Mac won't boot and the internal hard drive not showing up
When your Mac won't start up, usually, you need to enter into macOS Recovery mode and use the macOS Utilities to fix your Mac.
But in macOS Recovery mode, you also find that your internal hard drive not showing up on Mac.
Startup disk not showing in the Startup Disk utility
Sometimes, you choose to reselect the startup disk to try to make the Mac bootable again. You select Apple menu > Startup Disk. However, find that the Macintosh HD missing from Startup Disk.
Here are three common reasons and solutions:
1. The internal hard drive is blank
If you accidentally deleted the Macintosh HD volume before reinstalling macOS, then it won't show up in the Startup Disk pane because you cannot boot up the Mac from a blank drive.
At this time, you need to go back to the macOS Utilities window or similar. Choose the reinstall macOS utility and then follow the instructions to reinstall macOS on the internal hard drive. Then, your Mac can reboot normally.
2. The internal hard drive not mounted in Disk Utility of macOS Recovery mode
Your internal hard drive has some errors, it greyed out in Disk Utility. In other words, it's not mounted. So you can't see it in the Startup Disk window.
To make the internal hard drive mountable and show up again, you can click the Mount button in Disk Utility. If it's in vain, check if your internal hard drive has any errors and repair it with First Aid in Disk Utility.
- Select Disk Utility from the macOS Utilities menu.
- Select the corrupted Mac hard drive from the left-hand panel if you can see it.
- Click First Aid on the top and wait for it to verify and repair errors.
After running First Aid, if the Mac hard drive can be mounted, restart your Mac. If it still can't be mounted, it may be seriously corrupted.
You need to get your data off the internal hard drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac first because reformatting will make data lose. And then erase it and reinstall macOS.
- To recover data from unmounted internal hard drive, you need to run iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac in macOS Recovery mode.
- Select Disk Utility from the macOS Utilities menu.
- Select the corrupted internal hard drive from the Disk Utility sidebar.
- Click Erase from the top.
- Setup the required information to reformat the disk and click Done when finished.
- Go back to the macOS Utilities screen and select Reinstall macOS.
Then, follow the onscreen instructions to reinstall macOS. Luckily, the issue that the internal hard drive not showing up on Mac will be fixed.
3. The internal hard drive not showing in Disk Utility of macOS Recovery mode
Commonly, the startup disk not showing up in Disk Utility has some hardware issues. In this case, your Mac won't boot and the startup disk can't be found anywhere on Mac, even in Disk Utility.
As you can't find the startup disk in macOS Recovery mode, to make your Mac rebootable, you have to take it to a professional repair store.
Nevertheless, there's also another possible situation. The internal hard drive that disappeared from your Mac is an internal Fusion drive.
When an internal Fusion drive is split, you can't see it showing up on Mac normally. Instead, it would be split into an extra SSD and a hard drive, making the internal fusion hard drive invisible.
If you can see them with correct storage capacity by typing the command line diskutil list in the Terminal window, you need to recover data from the internal hard drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac to avoid data loss. And then fix a split fusion drive as soon as possible.
But if you can't see the fusion hard drive with the right disk information, you'd better call 1-800-275-2273(US) or contact Apple for support.
Startup disk not showing up when reinstalling macOS
When you prepare to reinstall macOS but find that there's no startup disk on Mac when you are asked to choose startup disk where you want to install macOS.
You can open Disk Utility to check if the internal hard drive is partitioned. And if the partition map scheme of the Mac hard drive is GUID Partition Table.
Besides, if a volume is present on the internal hard drive, select and make sure it is in Mac OS Extended (Journaled) format (for macOS 10.13 & previous versions), or in APFS format (for macOS 10.14 & later).
Erase/repartition if needed, and see if that fixes the Mac hard drive not showing up issue.
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Whether your internal hard drive not showing up on Mac in macOS Recovery mode, in Finder, or on Desktop, this article gives you a full guide to making your internal hard drive show up again.
More importantly, it gives the most simple and efficient way to recover data from your unbootable Mac or corrupted internal hard drive - running iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac in macOS Recovery mode.