External hard dive will not accept files

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MasterPhotog, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. MasterPhotog macrumors newbie

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    I was working on my MacBook Pro editing wedding files, when the USB cable became disconnected. Now I am unable to copy files from my desktop to that hard drive.

    I went to disk utilities, and when click on the hard drive all the options under first aid are grayed out.

    I use this hard drive to move files back and forth between my MacBook Pro and a Windoze desktop. PLEASE HELP!!!!

    David
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Have you tried restarting your Mac? Have you tried accessing the drive from Windows?
     
  3. MasterPhotog thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I can access the drive via my windows desktop, and I've tried rebooting and doing a complete shut down.

    The other issue, is that I was processing files in Lightroom 5, an all my adjustments, including removed files are no longer registering. It's like I wasted 6 hours! :mad:
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I'm assuming the drive is formatted as NTFS. What did you install on your Mac to be able to write to that drive, since OS X can't natively write to NTFS drives. Or is the drive in FAT32 or exFAT format?
     
  5. MasterPhotog thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm using a program that I downloaded from tuxera.com.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I've read reports of problems with Tuxera. You might try Paragon NTFS for Mac. I've used it for years with no problems. Of course, that's not a guarantee that the format or the NTFS software is the source of the problem, but it's worth a shot.
     
  7. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Hmmm, it maybe that the drive was writing to a critical area of its file table when disconnected (that is why systems issue warnings to not disconnect when the drive is being written to). If so maybe only a format will recover it.

    Better ways to share files to avoid this, Dropbox etc, Sharing a drive or folder etc - would none of those work for you?
     

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