Help please... external hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by lovinghurts, Apr 25, 2005.

  1. lovinghurts macrumors newbie

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    Hi there,

    I have a 80GB Toshiba External Hard Drive. In my Windows PC,
    i can read it normally. However, i plugged it into my PowerBook
    and nothing appears at all. I tink it doesn't even detect the hard
    drive. I went into Disk Utility and my external hard disk was not
    there.

    I tried formatting in NTFS and FAT32. But both could not be detected.
    I even tried deleting all the partitions and left it unpartitioned. But
    still can't detect.

    Kindly tell me what should i do..

    Many Thanks,
    Mark
     
  2. R.Youden macrumors 68020

    R.Youden

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    Have you looked in System Profile? That will tell you if it detects your HD on a firewire port.
     
  3. pknz macrumors 68020

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    get USB Prober in the XCode Tools offered from Apple Delevlopment. if its USB
     
  4. lovinghurts thread starter macrumors newbie

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    its a USB.. however, when in my girlfriends's iBook, it can be
    read. i tried lookin for xCode's USB prober. but can't find it. is there a simpler way ??

    thanks,
    mark
     
  5. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    USB1? USB2? Which Powerbook? What version of Mac OS? As noted above, does System Profiler see it? Lotsa missing info here..
     
  6. lovinghurts thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    Its a USB 2. System Profiler Does Not Recognise It.. I'm using
    Mac OS X Version 10.3.9.. 1.67 GHz PowerPC G4.

    My GirlFriend's is a 12" iBook. It reads it fine..

    Regards,
    Mark
     
  7. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    Do you have any other USB (1 or 2) devices that you can try to ensure that the USB port is functioning properly?
     
  8. wheezy macrumors 65816

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    Apple First, then PC

    I've had to use External HD's for several classes at school, and unfortunately had to make them for Mac and PC. We've always formatted them HFS+ and then put 3rd Party HFS+ reading software on the PC, namely Macdrive (www.mediafour.com). It's a great easy piece of software. I would try doing this backwards than what you're doing.
     
  9. lovinghurts thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yes.. the usb port is working fine.. however, the hard drive still doesn't work. i wan to format it as HFS. But now, i cant even connect.. so i cant format..
    help plz..
    thanks,
    mark
     

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