External HD Woes

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by rontheancient, Aug 31, 2006.

  1. rontheancient macrumors regular

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    I just got a 80GB Western Digital Passport Portable as a hand-me-down from my dad, but my Powerbook didnt recognize it once I plugged it in. I formatted it back to the factory FAT32 format with the WD software, but the disk still wont show up. I also tried Disk Utility both from the install disk and the OS to see if the HD was recognized, but no luck. The wierd thing is that the specs on WD's site list this HD as Mac friendly. Can anyone chime in and point me in the right direction? Thanks.
     
  2. Leareth macrumors 68000

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    OK I am going to assume you are using os x on your PB.

    I have had the same problem with the Digital Passport ones on 10.3 and 10.4 but they did work on 10.2, oh and once I put them in a powered port too.

    I can't really help you but just sharing that you are not the only one. :eek: :D :rolleyes:
     
  3. rontheancient thread starter macrumors regular

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    Why would anyone in their right mind be using OS 9 and below? Especially now?

    Thanks for the input, I followed this article on WD's site, but still no results.

    Article
     
  4. Leareth macrumors 68000

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    I had a similar problem and suggested solution with the LaCie tiny drives I forgot what they are called, I got one and only one to be regonized after 30 minutes of being connected,

    Have you tried rebooting the system with the HD connected?
     
  5. Leareth macrumors 68000

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    I wasn't sure which PB your are refering to... I was playing with a G3 one today so its fresh in my mind even thought I have a G4 PB:rolleyes:
     
  6. rontheancient thread starter macrumors regular

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    No luck on the reboot, I will leave it connected overnight and see what happens.
     
  7. Jeonat macrumors regular

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    I just bought one of those WD Passport 80Gb drives. Works fine on my Macbook but on the Mini the drive clicks repeatedly and refuses to mount. Disk utility on the Macbook reports no problem and I can read and write gigs of data to and from it with no problems, so I'm assuming it's not a faulty drive.

    I remember reading something in the manual - about plugging it into powered USB hubs (which I am doing on the Mini), unfortunately I have lost the manual so I will try a regular port when I can negotiate the cable spaghetti.
     
  8. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    There may be an incompatibility problem with recent WD external drives.

    See here. It may be coincidence, but it's still interesting, especially where Jeonat above is having trouble too.
     
  9. rontheancient thread starter macrumors regular

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    I just found a similar issue from CNET...


    So I looks like your mini and my Powerbook dont supply enough power to the drive, which is odd since the mini is a desktop powered by a wall outlet and my Powerbook has USB 2.0
     
  10. Jeonat macrumors regular

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    Just tried it again and it mounts when plugged into a direct USB port on the Mini as opposed to through a hub. But it won't mount connected to a hub - powered or non-powered.
     

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