How to Access External Hard Drive, CD/DVD Drive, and iPod from the Finder Sidebar on Mac

Getting your CD/DVD Drive and external hard drive listed in the sidebar of Finder on Mac is an easy process. It takes little more than a couple of clicks. We have explained the process in detail, have a read.

By default, Mac does not display the external hard drive in the sidebar of the Finder. This is okay for some and irritating for others. Especially for new Mac users, locating their external drive can be a real pain. If you too are having this problem, we have made a quick guide that will permanently display external hard drive in the sidebar of Finder, as soon as you connect.

Without wasting time any further, let’s directly jump over to the tutorial and get things smooth and quick.

How to Show External Hard Drive, CD/DVD Drive in the Finder Sidebar on Mac

Step #1. Launch the Finder on your Mac.

Step #2. Next is to open the Finder Preferences from the status bar on the top.

Click on Finder Preferences on Mac

Step #3. Under Location on the left, check the box beside External disks. You can also check boxes of any other storage source like CDs, DVDs, and iPods depending on your requirement.

Show External Disk, CD, DVD, or iPod in Finder Sidebar on Mac

You can close the Preferences window and get back to the Finder and notice that your external hard drive is now listed in the Finder’s sidebar.

That’s it. In case you wish to remove it, simply follow the same process and uncheck the box at step #3.

Signing off…

This little tutorial wasn’t anywhere close to being called technical. But it is indeed useful, as most of the times large files are usually stored on external storage. Locating them can be a real pain every time we connect the external source.

This solution is permanent and won’t need any changes unless you mess up again in Preferences. With that said, it’s time for a goodbye.

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