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Internal Hard drive Suddenly Disappeared


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I woke up this morning and found that one of my internal hard drives (the one i use to store all my music AU plugins) was missing from my desktop, and i went into disc utility and it had disappeared for no reason!

I shut down the computer and took out all the hard drive bays and put them back, and when i restarted it said mac couldn't recognise the hard drive!

The hard drive is a 500gb western digital, it came with my mac pro and has the apple stamp on it!

Im running a 2nd gen mac pro with snow leopard, any help would be appreciated, cuz i dont want to have to buy a new hard drive, then have to reinstall the 400gb of libraries again, lol!

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Try putting the drive in an external USB enclosure. If it doesnt work there it is probably something wrong with the drive itself.

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To save you the cost of an external enclosure, which may or may not prove necessary, try using a SATA-USB adaptor, like this Newer Technology Universal Drive Adapter -... (U2NV2SPATA) at OWC (realising you're in the UK, you can probably find a cheaper, generic adaptor at a PC shop). Test the drive while it's out of the Pro.

If the drive has died for some reason, maybe this Data Recovery Software, Hard Drive Data/File Recovery Software - Windows/Mac could be useful in extracting as many of your audio files as possible.

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In the end i had to use my extended warranty and get a new hard drive from apple and just re install the programs again! Quite a nuisance, but apple were friendly and quick about it!
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