New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Other Hardware and Peripherals Other Apple systems and peripherals discussion.

Apple n00b - Power supply and external HD


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
tharos13

 
tharos13's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 04, 2010
Posts: 3
tharos13 is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: iMac Intel Core Duo 3.06 GHz 4GB

tharos13 is offline
Hi all,

Just moved to the UK with my newly bought iMac from Costa Rica (same ones as in the US).

Have two issues:

1) Can't find an Apple power supply cable anywhere. Used a regular generic one but it doesn't fit, it's too loose and so it regularly falls off.

2) Had all my old music, pics and docs from my old PC back home saved on an external hard drive which, even after installing the driver twice, does not appear.

Any help will be appreciated.
QUOTE Thanks
vansmith

 
vansmith's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 19, 2008
Location: Toronto
Posts: 17,815
vansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond reputevansmith has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 2012 13" MBP (2.5 i5, 8GB)

vansmith is offline
I can't help you with the power issue (someone with travel experience will have to help you with that one). As for the HD, how was it formatted? My guess is that it was formatted with either FAT32 or NTFS, both of which are supported in some fashion in OS X (FAT32 is fully supported while there is read support for NTFS).

Important Links: Community Guidelines : Use the reputation system if you've been helped.
M-F Blog :: Write for the blog
Writing a Quality Post
QUOTE Thanks
harryb2448

 
harryb2448's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 28, 2007
Location: Nambucca Heads Australia
Posts: 17,432
harryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: iMac i5 2.7GHz OS X.9.4 and OS X.10

harryb2448 is offline
Just go into any PC shop near you and ask for a main power cord. They are all the same. Just check the type of plug required for the machine end.
QUOTE Thanks
gagnerants

 
gagnerants's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 23, 2007
Location: Claremont, Ca
Posts: 847
gagnerants is a jewel in the roughgagnerants is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: iPod Nano 4gb, 20" 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB of ram, ATI HD 2600 pro

gagnerants is offline
For the second issue try using macFuse/ NTFS 3G it will give OSX read/write abilitys to NTFS formats.
QUOTE Thanks
chscag

 
chscag's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 23, 2008
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Posts: 39,375
chscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, 3 iPods, OS X Mavericks

chscag is offline
Quote:
2) Had all my old music, pics and docs from my old PC back home saved on an external hard drive which, even after installing the driver twice, does not appear.
Are you saying that the external hard drive does not mount at all? Go to Utilities, Disk Utility. Can you "see" the external hard drive?

Even if the drive is formatted to NTFS, you should be able to "see" it. If you have a new iMac it probably came pre-loaded with Snow Leopard. Snow Leopard has the ability to read and write to NTFS, however, it's not turned on by default. You can download and install the free "ntfsMounter.app" which will turn it on for you.

Regards.
QUOTE Thanks
tharos13

 
tharos13's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 04, 2010
Posts: 3
tharos13 is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: iMac Intel Core Duo 3.06 GHz 4GB

tharos13 is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
Just go into any PC shop near you and ask for a main power cord. They are all the same. Just check the type of plug required for the machine end.
I've done that already (snatched one from the IT crew here at the office) but since the end that goes into the Mac doesn't have the round part, it fits in too loosely and can fall of a bit if the screen is moved in any direction...

Thanks for all the help guys!

It's not Snow Leopard new, got it just before SL was released. When I get home I'll go check out that Utilities bit.


******

Just as a footnote, I'd like to share my first experience at the big Regent Street Apple Store:

I walked in and asked for a power cable and the guy that was helping me out said "What machine is it for?" I reply "My iMac" to which he says: "Well you have to remember that iMacs are not made for traveling so unless you have a voltage converter you can practically fry your iMac"... "what? I was told back in the store I bought it from that all I needed was to change the chords... I also read in a couple of Mac forums that it was OK..." "Well.. You shouldn't believe everything you read in forums".

I still can't believe I got this from an actual Apple Store staff

QUOTE Thanks
tharos13

 
tharos13's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 04, 2010
Posts: 3
tharos13 is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: iMac Intel Core Duo 3.06 GHz 4GB

tharos13 is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by chscag View Post
Are you saying that the external hard drive does not mount at all? Go to Utilities, Disk Utility. Can you "see" the external hard drive?

Even if the drive is formatted to NTFS, you should be able to "see" it. If you have a new iMac it probably came pre-loaded with Snow Leopard. Snow Leopard has the ability to read and write to NTFS, however, it's not turned on by default. You can download and install the free "ntfsMounter.app" which will turn it on for you.

Regards.
Correct, I can't SEE the external HD at all, even from the Disk Utility window. Since I don't have Snow Leopard, it may very well be that this particular HD will be a no no for me. Think I'll have to ask the IT dudes for a favour and get all my stuff out into a few DVDs.

Thanks a lot for the info though, much appreciated.

No love for an Apple power supply chord?
QUOTE Thanks
hughvane

 
hughvane's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 18, 2008
Location: Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
Posts: 3,261
hughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nice
Mac Specs: MacMini 2.4, 4 Gb, OS 10.8 and 10.6; MacBook 2.4, 2 Gb, OS 10.5.8; G4 eMac 1.25, 2 Gb, OS 10.4.11

hughvane is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by tharos13 View Post
I've done that already (snatched one from the IT crew here at the office) but since the end that goes into the Mac doesn't have the round part, it fits in too loosely
Assuming you brought with you the original power cord that came with your iMac, ie. the one with the "round part", have you considered simply buying a power plug adaptor for the other end?

If it were me, I'd cut off the Costa Rica/US plug end, strip back the plastic shielding and rewire into a UK power plug. Do you know your power cable colors for phase, neutral and earth?

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
Please post your Mac (or other) specs and MacOS version in your post, your profile or your signature. It helps us to help you better.

I'm leaving now to go and find myself. If I should return before I get back, please ask me to wait.
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« External Drives Won't Show Up | Burn Speed? does it matter for data dvds? »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
USB bus powered enclosure for external HD? elefader Other Hardware and Peripherals 5 06-17-2009 01:10 PM
M-Audio Axiom Pro - Power Supply Question LiddleBuddha Music, Audio, and Podcasting 0 04-04-2009 11:16 AM
European Power Supply for External Drives? Cappie Other Hardware and Peripherals 4 07-03-2008 09:18 AM
Strange smell from power supply Obsidian Apple Desktops 3 07-23-2007 09:49 PM
Lacie Horrors sunhead Other Hardware and Peripherals 4 09-10-2006 07:48 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:35 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?