Forcing OS X To Look For Drives

Discussion in 'macOS' started by bobber205, Feb 4, 2007.

  1. bobber205 macrumors 68020

    bobber205

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    How do I force OS X to look to see if there are any drives (like external drives) that it can connect to?

    ....

    It's connected to my computer via USB 2.0. I've tried restarting 5 times. Nothing helps. *angry*

    WTF. I've had this drive for like 2 days and it's already crapped out?
     
  2. clevin macrumors G3

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    1. make sure u turn on the switch on the back of the external harddrive.
    2. if #1 is ok, then i have same questions, my 80G USB 2 was ok for 2 years, and just recently, OS can't seems to response to it, im wondering too.
     
  3. drummerbooker14 macrumors 6502

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    i am in the same boat, my 300GB external no longer shows up, but it does in windows, and i can boot from it
     
  4. compuwar macrumors 601

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    First I'd check to see if it's mounted, with the "mount" command from terminal, or by navigating to /Volumes in Finder. I've had volumes not show up in Finder's top left pane that were mounted.
     
  5. Superdrive macrumors 6502a

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    You can also mount drives from the disk utility as well.
     
  6. bobber205 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    How?
     
  7. drummerbooker14 macrumors 6502

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    go to disk utility and select mount at the top

    but, it shows up in OS X as unformatted, while in windows it is FAT32
     
  8. drummerbooker14 macrumors 6502

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    go to disk utility and select mount at the top

    but, it shows up in OS X as unformatted, while in windows it is FAT32, along with an HFS partition that i can boot from
     
  9. MacVault macrumors 65816

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    I'm having a similar/same problem with an external 250GB Firewire (400) drive.... I've been looking for a keboard shortcut to tell the finder to rescan the firewire & usb ports for drives and mount any it finds. I use to do this with external SCSI drives way back in OS 9.x.

    Disk Utility is suppose to be able to see any drives and mount them. I can re-mount my drive if it has not been ejected, but if it's been ejected already Disk Utility fails to see it.

    What's the problem??? Bad FireWire chip perhaps???
     
  10. drummerbooker14 macrumors 6502

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    ok, all of the sudden it started to work in osx. is this a bug froma security update or something? if it were a bug it would explain alot of things that have been happening
     
  11. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    glad to hear your problem got fix. But in case any one wanted to know. From personal expereince. If a drive does not show up in disc utility you can also try software like Disk Warrior or Data Rescue X.

    Apple Techs you Disk Warrior so that to me is a good indication that it works realy well. I have used it a bit, but found my data being saved my Data Rescue.
     

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