Did the recent OS X update mess with my external HD access?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by PDiPietro, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. PDiPietro macrumors member


    Feb 16, 2007
    When I went to apply the 10.5.4 update later in the night to my MacBook (Late 2006, 2.0 Ghz) when it came out, I went to install it, and upon attempting to install/restart, it seemingly locked up (thirty minutes later, the bar hadn't moved), so I forced the system off and turned it back on. Upon the system restarting (which took a tiny bit, no more than a couple of minutes), everything seemed all right, and upon checking the "About this Mac" it said the system version was 10.5.4. The internet didn't seem to want to connect, so another restart fixed that problem.

    However, while I can't place exactly when the external hard drive I have (MyBook Essential Edition 2.0 -- has a blue LED line on it) stopped showing when I plugged it into my USB, I feel as if this semi-botched update might have something to do with it. I have barely ever moved the external hard drive, and have done absolutely nothing to it that should merit its not working after about seven months of ownership.

    When I plug it in, it seems to start up, or make a little bit of noise as it usually would upon turning on. I hear what sounds like the hard drive running, no quieter or louder than before. The LED lights up, and it should be working, but it does not mount.

    Is there anything I can do to run a diagnostic on it and figure out what is wrong? I have something like 100-150 GB of music on this as well as even more downloaded things (with none of it being on my laptop's main hard drive), and unfortunately this is formatted to the Extended/Journaled/whatever it is format so that only OS X systems can read it, this being the only Mac I have (no one else I know has one). I am hoping the drive did not up and die for no reason at all because I have taken care of it, and I do not have any sort of funds to recover my data via service.

    Any advice is appreciated in advance.
  2. merl1n macrumors 65816


    Mar 30, 2008
    New Jersey, USA
    If you can still access the internet, download the 10.5.4 combo updater from here:


    I would suggest (in the order I state) you do the following. Do not have any external devices attached:

    1. SMC reset

    2. PRAM reset

    3. Safe Boot - read these:

    Apply the combo updater in Safe Boot mode.

    After you have completed these, plug your drive back in and see if you still have the same symptoms.
  3. DJJONES macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2008
    Newengland usa!
    i had this same issue right when i was installing 10.5.4 once i forced quit and went to update again the download resumed at about 85 percent even though when i forced quit it was stuck at about 5 percent.:confused:

    anyways all is well with the macbook.
  4. PDiPietro thread starter macrumors member


    Feb 16, 2007

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