Make Your Mac’s Desktop Drive-free

If you prefer not to see your attached drives on your Mac’s Desktop, here’s what to do: While in the Finder, choose Finder> Preferences. Click the General tab, and then uncheck the devices you don’t want on your Desktop.

You can choose to hide your hard drives, CDs and DVDs, connected servers, iPods, and other removable media. Your drives still appear in the sidebar in Finder windows, and if you later decide you want them back on your Desktop, just re-enable them in the Finder’s Preferences.