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10.5: A simple fix for a vanishing boot disk icon System 10.5
Under some unknown circumstances (I haven't been able to consistently duplicate the issue), it happens that the system's disk icon vanishes in Leopard. Toggling the Show Hard Disks setting in Finder's preferences has no effect, and the various repairing tricks do not solve the issue.

What happens is that the system disk (by default, named Macintosh HD) becomes marked as a hidden (invisible) file. Why? Who knows. But fortunately, it can be reverted to visibility with a simple Terminal command:
sudo chflags hidden "/Volumes/NameOfTheVolume"
To make this work, change NameOfTheVolume to the actual name of your system disk. Note that the chflags can be useful for hiding/unhiding regular files and folders, too:
$ chflags hidden "/path/to/file"
$ chflags nohidden "/path/to/file"
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Hiding other volumes.
Authored by: bauldrywc on Nov 17, '08 10:06:10AM

Actually, I've used chflags to take my Time Machine volume off the Desktop; works nicely for that, too.

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10.5: A simple fix for a vanishing boot disk icon
Authored by: baltwo on Nov 17, '08 01:44:27PM

Methinks you meant to post:

sudo chflags nohidden "/Volumes/NameOfTheVolume"

to make it visible. BTW, you need to relaunch the Finder, log out and back in, or restart for the change to take place.

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