Disk Utility Can, but I can't see my Ext. Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by sammyman, May 10, 2010.

  1. sammyman macrumors 6502a

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    My disk utility can see my external hard drive. I did a disk repair, which was successful. However, I can't see my external hard drive in finder. This is a new macbook pro that I restored with time machine. I am wondering if some weird settings got ported over to my new mac. Probably not, but I would still like to figure out how to access my macbook pro.
     
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    Can you mount it via Disk Utility?

    Have you looked at Finder > Preferences > General & Sidebar and checked if external HDDs should show up in Finder?
     
  3. sammyman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I checked the preferences. It does show external hard drives.

    I can repair the disk, which says it repairs fine. However, I can't mount it from disk utility. It says I need to repair the disk first. I followed the advice and repaired it successfully again, but I still can't mount it. Any other ideas?
     
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    What connection type do you use, Firewire or USB? Also what specific model is that external HDD?

    Have you tried an SMC reset yet?
     
  5. sammyman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It is connected via Firewire to my new mbp 13". It is the silver my studio by western digital, about 2 years old maybe.

    I will try the SMS reset and get back to you.
     
  6. sammyman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I tried the SMC reset but that didn't work. I am still stuck. Would love to use this hard drive. It seems to be functioning and responsive to disk utility, but won't mount.
     
  7. riscy macrumors 6502a

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    I have a similar issue with a Western Digital - it does not show up on the desktop or anywhere else, eg Finder, but I can see it in Disk Utility. At the bottom of the windown in Disk Utility there is a blue hyperlink to tha pathname of the drive and clicking that opens the folders on the drive for me in Finder - not perfect I know but at least I can get to access the drive.
     
  8. sammyman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I searched a little more on the internet. I used disk warrior which seemed to fix the drive. I think it deleted a "trash" file on the drive. I have no idea why that was there or what was in it, but maybe this will help someone in the future.
     
  9. CunseededPat macrumors newbie

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    Im having the same problem and no one can figure this out...sammy, did you purchase disk utility or did you dl it somewhere?
     
  10. sammyman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Disk Utility is free and is on your computer. Try that first and repair disk. Look for diskwarrior. Whether or not you can download it somewhere, I don't know. I think it costs $$$ though. Good luck!
     
  11. CunseededPat macrumors newbie

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    i meant disk warrior sorry...i dl 3 different versions cant get any to work...i guess its mac store tomorrow for $115
     
  12. ELBOB2583 macrumors newbie

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    What did You do?

    What exactly is it you did that fixed the problem?? Thanks
     

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