I am playing a DVD so it's definitely "understood" by macOS to be present. But not by Finder ?

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I tried unchecking and re-checking the CDs, DVDs and iPods: no change. I have also rebooted the system a few times: the behavior persists. What can be done here? I am on Catalina 10.15.3

Update The DVD drive is found without any issue on the command line: the following works:

diskutil eject /dev/disk2 .
  • What is your macOS version? What is your Mac model? Does the Terminall command diskutil list external display any output?
    – jaume
    Commented Jun 29, 2020 at 6:57
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    The pref you are showing us is for the Desktop… so it should be showing on there. if you want to see it in the sidebar too, you also need to check it in the Sidebar tab.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Jun 29, 2020 at 7:41
  • @Tetsujin Yes that's the issue. Not sure how that got "lost". Please make an answer Commented Jun 29, 2020 at 11:48

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From comments, it seems like a simple 'wrong pref'.

The pref in the posted image is for Desktop visibility.
To show in the Finder sidebar, the one required is in the 3rd tab, Sidebar.

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