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
Switcher Hangout The place for switchers to discuss their new machines, and how to work with OS X. General support can be had here for newbie stuff, like "How do I restart my new iMac?" :)

Help!... External Hard drive problems


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
outl4nd3r

 
Member Since: May 04, 2008
Posts: 5
outl4nd3r is on a distinguished road

outl4nd3r is offline
Hello everyone.

I switched to the mac about 3 weeks ago, I love it. But I've started to have problems with my external HDD. When I plugged the drive in, OSX didn't see it at all. Disk Utility saw it so I tried to unmount it, Disk Utility said that a program was trying to use the drive so it couldn't eject it. I had nothing running. So I shutdown the computer, when i turned it back on the drive was sitting there on my desktop like nothing was wrong.

Then the computer went to sleep, I woke it up and the drive is gone. I loaded up Disk Utility and it didn't show the drive. I reset the computer, and nothing. Now I can't get the drive to show up anymore.

Please help.
QUOTE Thanks
baggss

 
baggss's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 10, 2004
Location: Margaritaville
Posts: 10,309
baggss has a reputation beyond reputebaggss has a reputation beyond reputebaggss has a reputation beyond reputebaggss has a reputation beyond reputebaggss has a reputation beyond reputebaggss has a reputation beyond reputebaggss has a reputation beyond reputebaggss has a reputation beyond reputebaggss has a reputation beyond reputebaggss has a reputation beyond reputebaggss has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 27" 3.4 Ghz i7 iMac-13" C2D Macbook-OSX 18.8.2-64Gb iPad 2-32 Gb iPhone 5-ATV 2-14Tb of Storage

baggss is offline
What is the format of the drive and how is it connected?


QUOTE Thanks
outl4nd3r

 
Member Since: May 04, 2008
Posts: 5
outl4nd3r is on a distinguished road

outl4nd3r is offline
The Drive is formatted HFS+ Journaled. It's connected by USB, it's a bus powered drive that's worked until today.
QUOTE Thanks
Soulwar

 
Soulwar's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 27, 2008
Location: Estero, FL
Posts: 1,515
Soulwar is just really niceSoulwar is just really niceSoulwar is just really niceSoulwar is just really nice
Mac Specs: iMac 17" 1Ghz G4  iPhone 3G  10.5.5

Soulwar is offline
Look under Finder>Preferences to the General tab and make sure that "Hard Disks" are selected to display on the desktop.

Have you tried any different ports? Powered down and restarted the external?

Could also try looking in Terminal.
Open Terminal (applications/utilities)

Type in the command cd /Volumes and enter.

Now type ls -la and enter.

This command lists the names of the drives mounted on your system. One of the names will be your boot drive. The other drive listed should be the name of your external drive.

If there is only your boot drive listed, then you may have bigger problems with the drive. You may need something like DiskWarrior.

When all else fails, try everything!
The Rep System and you.
Life's a joke...If you're not laughing, then you didn't get it.

June 2008

QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Where are the files? | itunes purchases to new location? »
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
Internal Vs External Hard Drive COZMOE00 Other Hardware and Peripherals 1 06-04-2008 07:50 PM
External hard drive not being recognized wavewuver Other Hardware and Peripherals 2 12-30-2007 08:46 PM
iTunes and the external hard drive ChrisP iPod Hardware and Accessories 10 07-18-2007 10:31 AM
Copy mac os x to external (firewire) hard drive Tanner31593 Switcher Hangout 10 03-25-2007 07:58 AM
DIY: Trick out your Intel Mini kaidomac Apple Desktops 53 02-17-2007 02:40 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:09 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?