View Full Version : Help!!! (mac won't recognise my external HD)

May 9, 2011, 05:37 PM
Needing some wisdom folks.

I've got a back up folder on an external hard drive and i used a laptop with Win XP and Macdrive to check a file was in there.(I was waiting on delivery of the PB in my sig.)

Since then, my mac won't recognise my external HD, but if I use Macdrive or HFSExtender on the Win XP laptop, my external HD is found along with all of the files which form my back up. I'm pulling out what little hair I have left!

I've posted this on the OS X forum here too but no-one seems to want, or be able to help.

May 10, 2011, 12:00 AM
The volume could be corrupt for whatever reason (maybe incorrect ejecting of the drive).

You may have to use Diskwarrior to recover the data from the external drive on the mac side. I have found it to be the best option for restoring a drive to access files.

May 10, 2011, 02:46 AM
the data isn't corrupt though.

If I connect the drive to a win laptop I can see the files using Macdrive or HSFExtender!

May 11, 2011, 11:02 AM
Is drive itself (not volume on it) visible under any of disk utilities on a Mac?
Maybe there's something wrong with USB or firewire in your PB, or enclosure/adapter which you use is Mac incompatible?

May 12, 2011, 10:56 AM
can you see the external drive in disk utility? Do you know how it was formatted?

If you can see it in disk util. but it's grayed out you could try mounting it manually

May 12, 2011, 11:58 AM
I can't see it at all in Disk Utility

if I connect it to a windows box with Macdrive or HFSExtender all my files are there!

The drive was formatted with my old 12" PB before it went kaput.

It's very strange...