How to Find External Drive on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Do you often struggle to find your external drive on your Mac? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this article, we will guide you through the process of locating your external drive quickly and easily.

Method 1: Finder

If you have connected your external drive to your Mac, follow these simple steps:

  1. Click on the Finder icon located in the Dock at the bottom of your screen. The Finder window will open.

  2. In the left sidebar of the Finder window, you will see a list of shortcuts.

    Look for the “Devices” section.

  3. Your external drive should appear under the “Devices” section. It will be labeled with the name you assigned to it or with its default name. Simply click on it to access its contents.

Method 2: Spotlight Search

If you prefer using Spotlight Search to find files and applications on your Mac, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Press Command + Spacebar on your keyboard to open Spotlight Search.

  2. Type in the name of your external drive in the search bar. As you type, Spotlight will provide suggestions based on what you’ve entered so far.

  3. Once Spotlight displays your external drive in the search results, simply click on it to open it in Finder.

Method 3: Disk Utility

If neither of the above methods work for you, don’t worry! You can use Disk Utility to locate your external drive:

  1. Go to the Applications folder on your Mac and open the Utilities folder.

  2. In the Utilities folder, you will find Disk Utility. Double-click on it to open the application.

  3. In Disk Utility, you will see a list of drives connected to your Mac.

    Look for your external drive in this list.

  4. If you can’t find your external drive, check the left sidebar of Disk Utility for any hidden drives. Sometimes, external drives may not be mounted automatically and need to be manually mounted from here.


Finding your external drive on a Mac may seem like a daunting task, but with these methods, it becomes a breeze. Whether you prefer using Finder, Spotlight Search, or Disk Utility, you can easily locate and access your external drive in no time!

Remember to always properly eject your external drive when you’re done using it to avoid any data loss or corruption.

Take control of your Mac by effortlessly finding your external drive using these simple methods!

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