I am trying to figure out why I have 2 Macintosh HD Drives Appearing in disk utility. One of them i can mount and shows it as being a logical drive and the second one i can't mount but it says it has no disk errors. also shows it as being a core storage physical drive, and has the same amount of gibbets as the other but has no data on it. please help

HD Drive 1 Showing Master Disk

Number 2 HD Drive

  • Can you show us the screen shots of Disk Utility
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Mar 6, 2015 at 14:46

1 Answer 1


[Edited to reflect screen shots]

Technically that is 1 Hard Drive and 4 partitions (see how they are all indented from the drive they are in).

It looks like someone enabled showing all volume types in your Disk utility so it's showing you things not normally shown in the GUI.

OS X has something like LVM so you are seeing the Logical Volume (LV) and the CoreStorage (PV) both shown as partitions in Disk Utility. LVM provides many advantages over using a regular partition none of which are assessable in the OS X GUI, but you can read more about it on that link if you are interested. In Linux disks, logical volums, etc are labeled different from eachother but on OS X a disk can be /dev/disk0 and a LV can be /dev/disk1 which can be confusing because they are different in many ways.

Normaly you can only see the partitions that don't directly contain data by opening Terminal.app running diskutil list.

So you may want to disable that setting to put the GUI back to it's simple defaults.

  • sorry folks kinda new to this thanks for your patience Commented Mar 6, 2015 at 15:07

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