External Hard Disk in osX

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  1. dkaek macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I managed to fill my internal hard disk full of mp3s, so I thought it would be a good idea if I could use a spare 2.5? hard disk pulled of a powerbook. I got a portable USB hard disk box from ebay and installed the hard disk.

    To my disappointment, osX didn?t see the Hard Disk. I then tried to boot on os9 and the hard disk was recognized and worked smoothly. I went back to osX but the problem persisted. I then installed osX onto the external HD but no luck.

    When running the Apple System profiler I can see the device recognized as Mass Storage Device, but unfortunately I have no access into it. I even used the disk utility, but it didn?t detect the hard disk.

    I am using a G3 slot loading iMac DV running osX 10.2.

    Any help much appreciated

    Thanks :)
     
  2. conceptdev macrumors regular

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    Can you mount it with disk utility? How is the disk formatted?
     
  3. dkaek thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    Thanks for your answer...

    I can't mount it in Disk Utilty as the drive does not appear in the menu!

    I formatted it as Mac os standard.

    It contains a bootable version of os9 ( which boots fine) and os 10.1 (which refuses to boot.)
     
  4. conceptdev macrumors regular

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    This is wild speculation but here I go.

    Putting 10.2 on CRT imacs without a firmware put the mac in a coma. You are running 10.2 so I assume you updated the firmware. So what if it wont recognize 10.1 anymore.

    Is it all possible the drive is USB 2.0, maybe 10.2 isn't backwards compatible.

    All wild speculation. Sorry I can't be of more help.:confused:
     
  5. dkaek thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Once again, thanks for your reply. ;)

    I ll give it a go by instaling 10.2! ( if it is possible!!!)

    Regarding the USB2 issue, I doubt it as the case is USB1.1 and the drive was manufactured in 1998!
     
  6. alex_ant macrumors 68020

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    If nothing else works, try putting the drive in a Firewire enclosure instead (they go for about $35 and up). This will also give you much better performance.
     
  7. dkaek thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your hint. Do you know where can I get a firewire enclosure for this price??
     
  8. AmbitiousLemon Moderator emeritus

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    format macos extended format

    dont know if this will fix your problem but you shouldnt be using standard.
     

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