2015 Macbook Pro Not Recognizing External Hard Drive

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  1. livelongdienvr macrumors member

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    I just recently bought a new Macbook Pro 15" 2015 2.2GHz 16gb ram 256SSD and it's running El Capitan. I can't get the machine to recognize my external hard drive. I've used the external Hard Drive on several other computers(all macs) without issue and even now when I plug the external Hard Drive on my Mac Mini it works just fine. The external Hard Drive is formatted as ExFat.

    I've already contacted apple without getting a solution just a go to the genius bar suggestion.

    So any help is appreciated.
     
  2. b0fh666 macrumors 6502a

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    it *might* be an issue with el crapitan like I am having for a while. refuses to mount an external driver after a few suspend/resume cycles, mounts Ok after a reboot... worth a try, maybe.
     
  3. livelongdienvr thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm thinking it is an el crapitan issue. What are the sets you are doing for a reboot? I've tried a few with no luck.
     
  4. b0fh666 macrumors 6502a

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    nothing special, but more info : drive is an external 1.5TB with 2 partitions, both hfs+ one is for time machine other is for a different backup strategy I do...

    plug in, does not mount any of them, some esoteric errors in dmesg.
    reboot, plug in, mounts immediately.

    really annoying. never happened on previous versions (doing this since mountain lion, same drive, same bay).

    I have a lot of odball stuff like osxfuse and tuxera that might share the blame too tough (SIP is disabled from day zero)
     
  5. livelongdienvr thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for sharing the tips. When you say reboot are you shutting off and turning back on or just restarting?
     
  6. b0fh666 macrumors 6502a

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    restart works no need to shut down but that works too :)
     
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    Stupid question but did you try plugging it into a different USB port?
     
  9. livelongdienvr thread starter macrumors member

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    I did try different USB ports and I've tried putting a flash drive in both ports and without any trouble the flash drive pops up.

    I've also checked disk utilities and the external hard drive doesn't even pop up there.
     
  10. b0fh666 macrumors 6502a

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    not stupid at all! - not a different port but i just tried to plug the HDD dock directly to the macbook usb port when it was in that 'fail to mount' state and it works!

    (usually the dock is plugged trough an usb 3.0 hub) the plot thickens :)

    well at least i dont need to reboot to perform a backup anymore until appel fixes this eventually.
     
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  12. livelongdienvr thread starter macrumors member

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    What do you mean by this? I'm using a Western Digital my Book External hard drive.

    ps. still no luck or regular pattern on getting the MBP to read my external hard drive.
     
  13. b0fh666 macrumors 6502a

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    what do you get in dmesg when you plug it in?
     
  14. livelongdienvr thread starter macrumors member

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    Nothing, nothing happens when I plug it in. No pop ups, no message, nothing in disk utilities :/
     

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