PowerBook G3 500 firewire 2000 256ram 12Gb OsX 10.2.8 Jag LaCie triple 250 Gb ext and Momobay 20Gb And the problem is that it rarely finds the external drives and I can get it to recognise the drives by repairing the Disc Permissions. But I have to constantly repair them, then it crashes after some time and I need to repair them again - 5 or ten times a day usually. Driving me insane any ideas: this is the permissions corrected each time: 2004-12-02 10:26:20 +0000 - Repair of privileges has started We are using special permissions for the file or directory ./System/Library/Filesystems/hfs.fs/hfs.util. New permissions are 33261 Permissions differ on ./usr/share/man/man1/less.1, should be -rw-r--r-- , they are -r--r--r-- Owner and group corrected on ./usr/share/man/man1/less.1 Permissions corrected on ./usr/share/man/man1/less.1 Permissions differ on ./usr/share/man/man1/more.1, should be -r--r--r-- , they are -rw-r--r-- Owner and group corrected on ./usr/share/man/man1/more.1 Permissions corrected on ./usr/share/man/man1/more.1 2004-12-02 10:37:03 +0000 - The privileges have been repaired on the selected volume. I dont know where else to say this-----Thanks MacRumors and all the people here I did not know it existed till today and am so chuffed that I found this wonderful place! I am not alone any more.