Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard): CD shows up with hard drive icon in Sidebar

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Macintosh
November 29th, 2007 • 12:02 pm

I already wrote recently about the flakiness of the Sidebar in Mac OS X. Here’s another example.

This morning, I needed to get a file on the iWork ’08 installation CD. So I inserted the CD and waited for it to show up in the Sidebar. And here’s what I got:

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The installation CD, with the icon of an internal hard drive…
And it wasn’t just a one-off thing either. I tried ejecting the CD and reinserting it, and the same thing happened. I tried quitting the Finder and relaunching it, and the CD still had the hard drive icon.
I checked the volume’s icon in the window’s title bar, and it looked just fine:
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So clearly there is a problem with the Sidebar itself. I was actually able to make it disappear by inserting another software CD that had its own custom CD icon, which showed up properly in the Sidebar. I then ejected it and reinserted the same iWork ’08 installation CD. And this time it had a proper CD icon again.

It’s just a visual problem, but it’s symptomatic of the on-going flakiness of the Finder’s Sidebar. It’s not new in Mac OS X 10.5 either. I remember seeing similar problems occasionally in the Sidebar in Mac OS X 10.4. So it cannot be blamed on the lack of polish of Mac OS X 10.5’s early versions.

It will probably stay with us for a while still, possibly years, as Apple’s engineers are too busy fixing bugs that are actually destructive and disruptive. But it does not really help us perceive the Finder as a truly reliable work environment, even though it is significantly improved in Mac OS X 10.5.

2 Responses to “Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard): CD shows up with hard drive icon in Sidebar”

  1. ssp says:

    Yeah, that one’s quite common. I also tend to get it when a CD that I just burned in iTunes is mounted. Really odd, particularly as I can’t remember things being that wrong in X.4.

    That said, I think the new Finder sidebar is much worse than its predecessor in pretty much every aspect bar one. So this regression is at least consistent with the rest.

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