10.5 Leopard – Display Servers on Desktop

By default mounted server file shares are no longer displayed on the desktop on Leopard as it was in Tiger. You can reactivate this behavior by enabling the Finder preference option labeled “Show these items on the Desktop: Connected servers”. To get to the Finder preferences, click any where on the desktop once and then on the top menu bar click: Finder | Preferences…

Finder preferences

OS X – How to Hide a Partition from the Finder

Go to the Terminal and issue the command:

sudo setfile -a V /Volumes/paritionName

where “partitionName” is the name of the partition or drive that you want to hide. This hides the partition from being seen in the Finder but you can still access it from the terminal such as with scripts.