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    External HD no longer appears in Finder...
    ...it does however appear in Disk Utility. I've ran verify & repair checks on the disk and still no worky!

    I haven't installed anything new or updated anything recently so I'm wondering what the problem is. Anyone have any ideas?

    Using Leopard 10.5.3 incase that helps.

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    Try plugging it into another machine, Mac or PC and see if it appears. If it doesn't it may be time for a new external drive. There's also a possibility the drive itself may be OK but the interface electronics have gone bad. If the electronics are at fault, you might be able to remove the drive from its case and place it in a substitute external case.

    Regards.

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    So, you can still see the drive on Disk Utility?

    Did you by chance one day click on the drive and select get info? In that box, did you add a comment in the spot light box? If so, this will cause the drive to no longer show up in finder until you tell spotlight to ignore the drive. Had this very same thing happen a few weeks back. This is a bug in Leopard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Try plugging it into another machine, Mac or PC and see if it appears. If it doesn't it may be time for a new external drive. There's also a possibility the drive itself may be OK but the interface electronics have gone bad. If the electronics are at fault, you might be able to remove the drive from its case and place it in a substitute external case.

    Regards.
    sorry I forgot to say in the original post, the drive appears fine in Boot Camp (on the same machine) & works perfectly.


    Quote Originally Posted by hexonxonx
    So, you can still see the drive on Disk Utility?

    Did you by chance one day click on the drive and select get info? In that box, did you add a comment in the spot light box? If so, this will cause the drive to no longer show up in finder until you tell spotlight to ignore the drive. Had this very same thing happen a few weeks back. This is a bug in Leopard.
    no i didn't do anything like that at all. Good suggestion though and I will remember that for the future!

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    Ok, try the following:

    Open Apple Script in your apps folder. Copy and paste:

    tell application "System Events"
    set visible of disk "LaCie" to true
    end tell
    tell application "Finder" to quit
    delay 1
    tell application "Finder" to launch


    Where I have Lacie, put the name of your external drive in it's place. Now click run and it will run the script. See if the drive appears now when finder restarts. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hexonxonx View Post
    Ok, try the following:

    Open Apple Script in your apps folder. Copy and paste:

    tell application "System Events"
    set visible of disk "LaCie" to true
    end tell
    tell application "Finder" to quit
    delay 1
    tell application "Finder" to launch


    Where I have Lacie, put the name of your external drive in it's place. Now click run and it will run the script. See if the drive appears now when finder restarts. Good luck.
    ok tried this, but when I click run I get the message,

    "Applescript Error,

    System Events got an error: Can’t set disk "CJS 500GB" to true."

    Any ideas? I'm assuming of course I completed it all correctly

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    In Finder under Preferences, on the General Tab, be sure External Disks is checked. See pic below.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7 View Post
    In Finder under Preferences, on the General Tab, be sure External Disks is checked. See pic below.
    just looked & its definitely checked already.

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    When you open the Disk Utility and see the drive, can you Mount it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FreshPants View Post
    ok tried this, but when I click run I get the message,

    "Applescript Error,

    System Events got an error: Can’t set disk "CJS 500GB" to true."

    Any ideas? I'm assuming of course I completed it all correctly
    I'm out of ideas now. When I run the script on my iMac, it works because the drive is connected. If I try to run that on my MBP without the drive connected, I get the same error you are getting. I am wondering now if your drive is bad.

    Do you possibly have another computer to try the drive on? You need to verify that it is working before you can do anything else. Disk Utility may not be giving you an accurate report.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7 View Post
    When you open the Disk Utility and see the drive, can you Mount it?
    no. I get this message,

    "Mount failed

    The disk “CJS 500GB" could not be mounted. Try running First Aid on the disk and then retry mounting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hexonxonx View Post
    I'm out of ideas now. When I run the script on my iMac, it works because the drive is connected. If I try to run that on my MBP without the drive connected, I get the same error you are getting. I am wondering now if your drive is bad.

    Do you possibly have another computer to try the drive on? You need to verify that it is working before you can do anything else. Disk Utility may not be giving you an accurate report.
    Right...I tried connecting to my old pc laptop & it works fine.

    And the weird thing is , the drive works perfectly in Boot Camp on my MBP!

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    This happened to me once or twice with my firewire drive. Unplug the drive, reboot, repair disk permissions on your main drive, reboot again, then plug in the drive.

    This may help you. It helped me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theonegod View Post
    This happened to me once or twice with my firewire drive. Unplug the drive, reboot, repair disk permissions on your main drive, reboot again, then plug in the drive.

    This may help you. It helped me.
    no, this didn't work either!

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    Do not know if anything here will help but so far it's all I can find.

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread....049&tstart=120

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