External drive takes on property of another drive really strange

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by DetroitRockCity, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. DetroitRockCity macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2009
    Detroit, Michigan
    Here is something that I have never seen before...
    I have four external FW800 Seagate drives, two 500GB, and two 1.5TB. The 500GB's, "Gold" and "Silver," are daisy chained and connected to my Mac Pro's FW800 port. The 1.5TB drives, "Black" and "White," are daisy chained and connected to the other FW800 port.

    The issue:
    After coming back to my mac after a day or two, Black and/or White are missing in the finder. I'll go into my disk utility and they are unmounted, but disk utility says that Black/White is Gold/Silver.... and if I repair it tries to repair but then nothing. The only way to fix it is to reformat. I have never seen this... why would at 1.5TB drive unmount then take on the property of a different 500GB external drive?

    Using Mountain Lion.
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Wild guess:
    Conflict between firewire controllers on the drives.

    My suggestion:
    DO NOT normally leave the drives connected, unless you're using them.

    When needed, connect and use.
    When finished, disconnect and power down the drives.

    Sounds like a lot of work, but I suggest you try that for a period of 1-2 weeks.
    Does anything change?

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