03-29-2014, 11:27 AM #1External hard drive not showing up
I have a 2TB WD external hard drive. I've had it for a couple of years now and it's always worked fine, but recently I've had some problems connecting it. A few months ago it refused to connect, but after a day or so it worked fine. This time, the problem is worse.
Here's what happened: I connected it and it showed up on the desktop, but when I clicked on it to get to my files, it ejected itself and I got a message saying "disk was not ejected properly." So I unplugged it and turned it off, and then connected it again a few days later, and this time I could get to my files, but the minute I tried to open a file, the hard drive ejected itself again. Now it's not showing up on the desktop at all, nor is it showing up in disk utility.
There is very important data on that hard drive. What do I do?
03-29-2014, 11:39 AM #2
One thing you could try is...plug it into a 2nd computer. If it still acts similarly...then that would seem to indicate that the external hard drive is the problem...and not a computer problem.
Another idea...launch "Disk Utility" (Applications folder > Utility Folder) then try "repairing" the disk.
03-29-2014, 11:42 AM #3
My external hard drive was back-up. I didn't realize I should have a back-up of my back-up. =/
Unfortunately I don't think I can try connecting it to another computer, since I don't know anyone else who has a Mac, and since the hard drive formatted to a Mac, it doesn't show up on PCs.
I opened Disk Utility, but it's not even showing up there!
03-29-2014, 12:06 PM #4
Having all your files "backed up" means that you have at least two copies of all files. One copy on the backup HD...and one copy on your "main" HD (computers internal HD).
Thus (in a sense) there is no issue (no file or data loss issue)...except that it's possible that this external HD is dead or dying...and maybe it's time for a new one.
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