I just reinstalled my Mac, thinking I'd give OS X Mountain Lion a try.

In my system, I have both a regular HDD with a partition Storage and a SSD. On the SSD, I've installed OS X, and now transfered /Users/kba (my home folder) to /Volumes/Storage, so that the Storage partition now is my home folder. For the most part, this works great.

However, after having done this, OS X now no longer recognizes Storage as a partition — it won't allow it to show up on my Desktop next to my SSD Macintosh HD. It no longer shows under Devices in the Finder sidebar either.

But worst of all, I can't seem to add it to the sidebar! When I go to /Users and drag kba to Favorites, it only stays there for a fraction of a second. Same thing happens if I check Storage (Home folder) in the Finder Preferences: Storage blinks, then disappears from the sidebar and takes the ✔ in the checkbox along as it goes.

mount output

/dev/disk0s1 on / (hfs, local, journaled)
devfs on /dev (devfs, local, nobrowse)
/dev/disk1s2 on /Volumes/Storage (hfs, local, journaled)
map -hosts on /net (autofs, nosuid, automounted, nobrowse)
map auto_home on /home (autofs, automounted, nobrowse)

ls -h@lde /Volumes/Storage output

drwxrwxr-x@ 32 kba  staff   1,1K 30 Jul 20:26 /Volumes/Storage
com.apple.FinderInfo      32B 
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    How is "Storage" mounted ? Sounds like it might be mounted with the "nobrowse" option. Could you add the output of the "mount" command to your question ?
    – Tyr
    Jul 30, 2012 at 5:35
  • No problem here with sidebar presentation of my Core Storage encrypted ZFS home on 10.8. Jul 30, 2012 at 8:43
  • @Tyr, I don't know what nobrowse is, but I can easily browse the hard drive by clicking Music (e.g.) in the sidebar and then choose Storage in the Path Bar. Also, I've added mount output.
    – kba
    Jul 30, 2012 at 17:00
  • @GrahamPerrin Is your disk the /Users folder or just your private home folder (/Users/graham)? Does the disk show up in Devices in the sidebar?
    – kba
    Jul 30, 2012 at 17:03
  • Home for me (gjp22) is /Volumes/gjp22 and yes, it's a device in the sidebar. If you log in as a different user, can that user see your Storage as a device in the sidebar? Please add to the question the result of ls -h@lde /Volumes/Storage Jul 30, 2012 at 19:23

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I've solved it myself. I just tried to drag Storage into Favorites now and it works for some reason!

I'm thinking that it's because I (a few days ago) wrote found a command that was meant to remove nobrowse. (I don't recall exactly where I found it or exactly what it was, so I can't paste it here. Sorry).

After running the command, Storage suddenly appeared on my Desktop, even though (as it can also be see in the question) OS X didn't mention anything about the drive having the flag nobrowse. Either way, after Storage appeared on the Desktop, I still couldn't make it show up under Favorites. Until now. I hadn't tried to reboot earlier, so that might be why it suddenly works.

Thanks to everyone trying to help in the comments above.

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    I'm glad the issue is worked around. If it recurs: somewhere in one of the stacks, I recall a question or answer about the .plist that is, or was, used for sidebar stuff (keywords: Network and Shared). From what you describe, it's possible that the preference file was corrupt … maybe an edge case involving an upgrade or migration from Lion. Aug 2, 2012 at 17:27

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