ext hard drive not showing contents after start up

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  1. adamcarvell macrumors regular

    adamcarvell

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    hi I'm having this problem ext hard drive not showing contents after start up the drive mounts etc got the drive showing on the desktop right lick get info shows the volume etc but no files i turn the drive off back on again they reappear like magic anyone know whats wrong please used to work fine until a couple of weeks ago.
     
  2. adamcarvell thread starter macrumors regular

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    ran disc utility repair found an error code 8 etc . booted safe mode ran again all clear rebooted and he external drive working fine again any ideas what could have caused this ?
     
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    Well back to square one cold start the drive mounts but files not showing again any ideas anyone is my drive about to fail ?.
     
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    if I'm to replace this drive id get a drive with two thunderbolt ports is lacie or g-drive would i be able to connect my monitor to the drive ?.
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    Before you replace the drive, I'd try this:

    1. First, you'll need to backup the contents of the drive to a SECOND drive (temporarily).
    2. Then, re-initialize the drive using Disk Utility
    3. Now, run DU's "Repair Disk" function on the [empty] drive.
    4. Do you get "a good report"?
    5. If you do, REPEAT the Repair Disk function FIVE TIMES in succession.
    6. Do you get a good report each and every time?
    7. If so, I'd restore the data and keep using it. Sometimes a drive develops directory problems that a re-initialization will clear out.

    If you're still unsure, keep a SECOND COPY of the most important data stored somewhere else, as well.
     
  6. adamcarvell thread starter macrumors regular

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    its only from a cold boot once i turn the h/d off back on it remounts and all files show I've ran disutility on it and it comes back ok many times
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    Its like finder is not showing the contents
    Btw the thunderbolt drives with two inputs would that work with my mac mini 2012 i use display port to connect my monitor atm if i get one with teo ports can I connect the drive to the mini then monitor to the thunderbolt drive ?.
     
  7. adamcarvell thread starter macrumors regular

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    don't have spare drive to format it but ran disk utility five times came back ok each time
     
  8. adamcarvell thread starter macrumors regular

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    don't know if its any coincidence but this problem started when my old monitor tripped the household fuse box xmas eve.
     

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