External drive will no longer mount.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by srslystumped, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. srslystumped macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2009
    I plugged in an external drive, (maxtor if it matters) it doesn't show up in finder although it has previously. I followed the other threads on this subject, but couldn't find an answer.

    If I look in Disk Utility, I can see the drive, although pressing the Verify Disk button renders the following message:

    Verifying volume “WORK”
    Invalid Volume Header
    Checking HFS Plus volume.
    Checking Extents Overflow file.
    Checking Catalog file.
    Invalid node structure
    The volume WORK needs to be repaired.

    Error: The underlying task reported failure on exit

    1 HFS volume checked
    Volume needs repair.

    The Repair Disk button gives similar results. One thread I followed said to open Terminal and type the following:

    ls -l /Volumes
    ls -l /Volumes/WORK
    echo ---------------

    The response to this was "no such file or directory"

    Any ideas???
  2. jodelli macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2008
    Windsor, ON, Canada
    It depends on whether it's a blank disk that you can format and partition, or if it's a data disk that you need to recover.

    If it's blank format it from Disk Utility and see what happens. If you need to recover it there are several options including trying it plugged in to another computer.
  3. srslystumped thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2009

    I need to try and save the data on it. I'll try it tomorrow connected to another mac, and I'll follow that link to see if it helps.

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