I made a booboo - didnt eject my firewire hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Sic, Nov 17, 2005.

  1. Sic macrumors 6502

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    and now it wont reconnect. i've restarted a couple of times, switched the hard drive on before plugging it in, left it for 10 minutes hoping it'd eventually get bored of being difficult and then connect, but it doesnt seem to want to play with me :(

    is there anything i can do to trick it into working?
     
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    This has occasionally worked for me in the past on Panther: shutting both Mac and HD off, unplugging them from the wall for 15 or more mins and then reconnecting them before starting them up.

    Not saying it's a definite but after reading about it here on these forums, it helped on a small number of occasions at work.
     
  3. Sic thread starter macrumors 6502

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    then i'm guessing it would've made more sense to switch them both off, rather than leaving them on.

    ah well...might actually help me get some work done tonight then!!
     
  4. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    The off and unplug trick is a good one to try--if it's the firewire bus and not the hard drive that's the issue, that may help (before letting it sit you might also press the power button on the computer after unplugging it; the light should go on briefly while it bleeds off remaining stored energy).

    If, however, it's the drive acting up (do you have any other firewire peripherals to test the port?), then this isn't going to help. Open Disk Utility and see if it sees the drive when it's plugged in; if it does, then the case is functioning anyway. You may be able to repair it from there (though I expect you'd have gotten errors already if it was that simple), or at least reformat if its hopeless.

    Generally speaking the most damage that should've been done is to the directory on the external drive; it shouldn't have broken anything (although the firewire ports on older Macs are apparently more prone to power issues when "hot plugging"). I can't imagine it having done any physical damage to the external, anyway.
     
  5. Sic thread starter macrumors 6502

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    im a little concerned because i did this the other day as well, waited a little while and it worked again, but it hasnt come back this time. i really hope i havent trashed everything. i really might cry if i have.

    thanks for your advice...i'll make it sit in the corner and think about what i've done for a while when i get home :)
     

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