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Help: Non-existant volume in Places List (10.5)

by exiled2tx / August 28, 2009 6:46 AM PDT

OS 10.5.8 on MacBook Pro

I burnt a DVD this morning - two actually as the first copy had a 'verification' error. When I was finished, I dragged the burn folder (folder icon with the radioactive symbol on it) from the desktop to the trash. Later in the day, I emptied the trash.Same as I do about once a week.

Despite emptying the trash and restarting the computer, the folder still shows up in the list of places in the left column of an open finder window. The folder is not on my desktop and is not in my trash, just in the list of places.

When I try to click on the folder in the list, I get a message "The Volume for ..... cannot be found".

In the past, dragging the folder from the desktop to the trash, emptying the trash and then restarting has always removed it from the list of places (and I believe similarly when I have software updates via .dmg files). So the questions are: (1) how do I get rid of it now and (2) what could have caused it to happen.

Thanks in advance for help and suggestions.....

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Not sure what caused it to happen but,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 28, 2009 9:56 AM PDT

is it possible to drag that icon off the sidebar (places column) onto the desktop?

If it is, it should just vanish.

.dmg files, when mounted, act the same as hard drives or CD/DVD's and have to be ejected for them to disappear off the desktop and the places column. No need for a reboot there. Just drag to the trash and they will go away from both places or use the eject button next the the icon in the places column.

If you cannot drag it away, you may be able to fix the problem by starting from the OS X disk and running Disk Utility (Repair disk) on the HD.


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That worked....
by exiled2tx / September 1, 2009 9:31 AM PDT

Thanks - it was possible to drag it to the desktop, it did a little poof and it was gone.

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