G5 suddenly quit recognizing firewire drive and it's not the drive.

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  1. amberashby macrumors 6502

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    All of a sudden (while I had it mounted) my external firewire drive lost connection with my computer. I've rebooted several times and unplugged and plugged it back in. Sometimes it will recognize it for a brief while and allow me to use it then all of a sudden it disconnects. Other times I can't get it to see it at all.

    What's strange is that it works perfectly fine on my iBook.

    I've tried it on the G5 under a different (clean) user, but same result.

    Any ideas??????????

    Thanks.
     
  2. amberashby thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It's working again!!!

    I found something on Apple's website that suggested I unplug the computer for 5 minutes. Didn't think it would work, but it did!!!!
     
  3. amberashby thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Never-mind. Spoke too soon. I tried transferring a 17-gig file and it was transferring super slow and now it stopped.:mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:
     
  4. Sedulous macrumors 68000

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    Try repairing the drive on a different computer. This has solved a similar problem in the past.
     
  5. amberashby thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That didn't work either.

    I don't know what to do. I may call Apple.

    It works perfectly on the iBook and had worked perfectly on the G5 until just recently.

    Any more ideas?
     
  6. .a macrumors regular

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    ... i have kind of the same problem with my g4 dual 450 (4 years old) running panther.
    twice in a month my two external firewirde drives aren't recognized ... they just do not mount ... i have no idea why this happens.
    i use my mac every day 8 hours up to 18 hours (depends on the work to do :)
    .a
     
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  8. Sweetfeld28 macrumors 65816

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    just happened to me too.

    This same thing happen to me while i was using CarbonCopy. I was creating a backup of my protable firewire drive on to my 450 DP's internal 80GB drive. For some unknown reason the desktop icon disappeared. After, being unable to fix it, i had to use the disk utlitiy to format it. Now, it sees it fine.

    Hopefully, you won't have to do this.
    Good Luck.
     
  9. amberashby thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I had already tried reformatting the drive and that didn't work.

    I ended up having to re-install the OS. Everything seems fine now. Hope this doesn't happen again.
     

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