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How to Find Hard drive on Mac?

Updated on Tuesday, May 7, 2024

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3 Easy Ways to Find Hard Drive on Mac

Summary: It tells how to find the hard drive on Mac and how to fix the problem when can't find the hard drive on Mac. Besides, it covers how to recover data when can't find hard drive on Mac.

Find Hard Drive on Mac

Usually, when you connect an external hard drive to your Mac's USB port, you will see it appear on the desktop. You can also see it in the Finder in the left column under Locations. But it's possible that you can't find the hard drive on Mac due to its incorrect format, or faulty setting on Mac Finder.

In this post, we will talk about how to find a hard drive on Mac and help you work out whether the external drive is not showing on your Mac up due to a problem with the drive itself, or the problem caused by macOS.

How to find a hard drive on Mac?

Generally speaking, there are 3 ways to find a hard drive on Mac. Assume that you've connected an external hard drive via the USB-A, USB-C, or a Thunderbolt port to your Mac. Once mounted successfully, you can see the external drive icon appearing on the Mac desktop.

Another way to find a hard drive on Mac is to go to the Mac's Finder sidebar. Just click the Finder icon from the Mac Dock to open it. Under Locations, you should see the name of your external hard drive. On older macOS, you can find a hard drive in Finder's Devices. Click on the external drive, you can access all the files stored in it. Also, you can find Mac's internal hard drive here.

The third way to find a hard drive on Mac is to go to macOS Disk Utility. Click Launchpad, go to the Other folder, and click on Disk Utility to launch it. You can find your external hard drive here.

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Can't find the hard drive on Mac, why?

It is possible that you may not find a hard drive on Mac using the above 3 ways. When the external hard drive not showing on Mac, First, check the connection between the drive and the Mac by trying a different USB cable or another port on Mac. If the connection is not the problem, go ahead to check your Mac Finder Preferences settings.

Launch Mac Finder, and choose Finder from the status menu bar. Select Preferences from the drop-down menu. Under General > Show these items on the desktop, tick the box next to External disks. Now, you can check if you can find a hard drive on your Mac desktop.

show hard drive on Mac desktop

Then, switch to the Sidebar tab, and tick External disks under Locations. This should make your external drive appear in the Mac Finder sidebar. 

show hard drive in Finder sidebar

If your Finder's settings are correct but you still can't find the hard drive on Mac, go to Disk Utility. Because when the external drive not mounting in Mac Disk Utility, you can't find the hard drive on the Mac desktop or Finder sidebar. In Disk Utility, if you see the external hard drive greyed out in Disk Utility, click on it and choose the "Mount" option. 

If the hard drive can't be mounted manually in Disk Utility, there might be a case that your external hard drive is going through some problems you are unaware of it. Run Disk Utility First Aid to see if it can be repaired. If the repairing is failed, it means your drive may get damaged severely.

Disk Utility First Aid

How to recover data when can't find hard drive on Mac

When you can't find a hard drive on your Mac, you can't access all the files in it. What should you do to access or recover data on this drive? Luckily, in this case, data recovery software can help you easily get back hard drive data on your Mac.

There are many data recovery software in the market, here I advise iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac. iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac is one of the best file recovery software on the market. It is professional, 100% secure, reliable, and easy to use. You can find it in Mac App Store.

This professional data recovery software can easily recover lost files from Mac hard drives, SD cards, external drives, USB drives, etc. This powerful data recovery tool is compatible with Intel Macs and Apple Silicon Macs with M1 and M2 chips and also works on macOS 13/12/11/10.15/10.14/10.13/10.12 and OS X 10.11. Moreover, it can recover emptied Mac Trash.

To recover untouchable files from your external hard drive on Mac, do the following:

  1. Download and install iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac.
  2. Launch the recovery software from Mac Finder or Mac Launchpad.
  3. Select the external hard drive under Storage Devices from the left sidebar.
  4. Click the Search for Lost Data at the right bottom to start scanning.scan external disk
  5. Filter files by different categories and then preview recoverable files.
  6. Select the desired lost files and click the Recover button to save them to a different location ( such as your Mac hard drive).

Generally, you can find your external hard drive in iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac. However, if you can't find hard drive in this app, then your drive may get physically damaged. Any data recovery software could not help you get back your files, you should go after a professional data recovery lab to do it.

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