External HD will not mount

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  1. NYmacAttack macrumors 6502

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    I was writing some files to my external hard drive from my MBP. I looked back at my MBP the hard drive was gone off the desktop and when I attempted to plug it back in it was not recognized. It would not mount through disk utility either. Its formatted with FAT32 and used by both my Mac and PC. Any idea how I can get this drive to work again?

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  2. frankblundt macrumors 65816

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    What are the lights on the enclosure showing when you plug it in? Is the green "powered" light on, does it blink red for a bit (showing access) when you plug it in and does it go back to green after a while?
    Does the device (as opposed to the device and volumes) show up in Disk Utility?
    Does it show up on the PC?
    Have you rebooted the Mac and checked the /Volumes/ folder while it's unplugged to see if there's a dead alias sitting in there?
    What shows up, if anything, in System Profiler under USB/Firewire when it is plugged in?
    Do other devices still work successfully on the same port?
     
  3. NYmacAttack thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yup the drive lights up and shoes activity. It is listed in the diskutility but it is grayed out. On the PC it says theres nothing on it and asks to reformat it.

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  4. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Disk Utility isn't prepared to fix any issues with a FAT32 formated disk.
    You're going to have to use some Windows-based software for that.
     
  5. NYmacAttack thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Anyone have any reccomendation for software that could do this?
     
  6. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603

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    I would suggest you try the windows utility first before you look for another application to do the job.



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  7. NYmacAttack thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Which windows utility?
     
  8. techster85 macrumors regular

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    DiskWarrior might be able to help. I had the exact same thing happen to my external drive and my buddy used diskwarrior to check the drive. We think that the interface is jacked up, so now I have to buy a new enclosure. If I was you, I would try another enclosure and then see if the same thing happens.
     
  9. NYmacAttack thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Can disk warrior repair the file system? I would really like a program that can repair the drive so it mounts. Every program I found so far just copies the files off the drive.
     
  10. NYmacAttack thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Does any one know any program that can actually repair the file system?
     

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