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External Harddrive doesn't show up on macbook


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ANOTHER ONE, YES I KNOW .

It's a 200gb maxtor one touch III 2.0 usb (f01e200) it does have a power cord, so it's not powered by usb. worked fine with my PC, doesn't even show up on the macbook... ntsf formatted i believe.
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If you open disc utility on the Mac, does it show up there?


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it doesn't show up in disk utility.

it showed up on my PC and when i boot up xp with bootcamp on my MB
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Mac does not recognise NTSF....needs to be Fat 32 if sharing between PC and Mac or just Mac format otherwise.

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Even if it's ntfs you should be able to see the drive and take files off of it. You cannot write to it though.

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i find it odd that it won't even show up. do i need to reformat it into something else? i've read a few threads about reformatting with disk utility, but i can't even open it up on disk utility.

do i reformat with ms-dos on a pc?
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i find it odd that it won't even show up. do i need to reformat it into something else? i've read a few threads about reformatting with disk utility, but i can't even open it up on disk utility.

do i reformat with ms-dos on a pc?
You can format it on a PC but format as fat32. Sometimes on a PC you need to go into disk uitilty and make the drive active also.

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I'll check it out. From my knowledge, windows xp will only let you format 32mb of it to fat32 or something of the sort. i will need another program. i've tried some part. program, but it doesn't really reformat which is pissing me off.

also the box did not say mac compatible... it didn't say it wasn't either.. big deal? i always thought a HD is a HD.
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It's been a LONG time since I ran into this issue with a friend of mine's G5, but he had an external that would not show up. What it turned out the problem was the Volume Name. If I remember right there was no Volume Name on the drive. Plugging in back into XP and adding a Volume Name caused it to show up in OSX. Not sure if this is your issue, but thought I would mention just in case.
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Oh wow, okay i'll try that once i get home from NY. thanks i hope that's the problem =P
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if you do not safely remove the external HD by ejecting it then it may take a long time to show up because it has to verify if any data has been lost.

This happened to me and i just left it like that for 10 minutes and it eventually showed up...
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well i named my external HD a few days ago, just remembered. plugged it in. didn't show up. =\
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I have the same problem. I have a whole array of External Hard disks and sometimes they simply don't show up. Currently I am having a problem with a new Western Digital drive, 360gb that just won't show up. Not even on the disk utility. I'm on a Macbook, and the drive is USB and self powered (not bus powered). I don't recall unplugging it without ejecting (I'm careful about this these days) so I don't understand why it would be having trouble.

(*update*)

Following an earlier suggestion, I do leave it and after a LONG while it does show up. Any suggestions about how to make the drive a bit more reliable?

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It is possible that it is because you have OS 10.4.10. Many people have been unable to use their USB hard drives since the update. It is very annoying and apparently still unfixed. I find it hard to accept that an apparently good company like Mac would leave so many of us with unusable hard disks for so long now. For us, the 10.4.10 update was just like receiving a virus!

See this thread for example:
http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=67484

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