How does one connect using Terminal to a mounted Macintosh HD when there are 2 drives with the same name?

$ cd /Volumes
$ ls -l
lrwxr-xr-x   1 root      wheel     1 Jul 27 19:10 Macintosh HD -> /
drwxr-xr-x  35 robertsd  staff  1120 Jul 27 17:09 Macintosh HD 1

I am actually trying to access the 2nd (sick) Macbook's ~/Library via Thunderbolt cable with:

/Volumes/"Macintosh HD"/Users/robertsd/Library/

but this finds the 1st Macintosh HD.

  • #3 in this answer unlocks the Finder to show hidden files.
    – David C
    Jul 28, 2018 at 1:10

1 Answer 1


The second hard drive is mounted as "Machintosh HD 1". You should be able to access the User Library data by navigating to it with the command

cd "/Volumes/Macintosh HD 1/Users/robertsd/Library"

(or what username you are trying to access).

  • I'll be darned! This didn't want to work last night, but is the simple answer.
    – David C
    Jul 28, 2018 at 15:15

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