External Hard Drive (Electricity went out) What to do?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by NightoToNight, Jan 23, 2008.

  1. NightoToNight macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2008
    the electricity went out on my external hard drive and since then the drive has not been even showing up on my computer. i plug it all in and then it doesnt even show up at all. Do you have any advice on what to do?
    i spent alot of money on this and need to fix it.
    Thanks so much!!
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    What drive it is and how old is it? I'd go back to the manufacturer.
  3. NightoToNight thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2008
    its brand new it worked for like two days.
    its a SimpleDrive by Fabrik 320gb
  4. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    Does it show up in Disk Utility? (albeit unmounted). It should unless there's a hardware fault.

    The likelihood is that the power outage just caused some filesystem corruption. You _may_ be able to repair it via Disk Utility, but it could well require re-partitioning/re-formatting to be useable. Hopefully you have a backup.
  5. NightoToNight thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2008
    it does not show up at all.
    its powered up and plugged in but its just as if i have nothing plugged in.
  6. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    More Info needed...

    Is the external drive USB or Firewire? When you say the "electricity went out" - what exactly happened? Did the house have a power failure, did the cord to the computer and/or HD get pulled out accidentally, or did the HD just stop working?

    When you plug the HD into the power outlet, is there any sign of life - like a light, or the sound of it spinning up?

    The obvious first solution, is to turn everything off (computer and all), and then unplug all the wires and cables that go to the HD. Then re-connect them. (and then power-up the computer up, and then the HD). That way you will *know* that they are all properly connected.

    Good Luck!
  7. NightoToNight thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2008
    its a usb cord.
    the cord to the computer lost power.
    yes there is a sign of life the light is on and i can here spinning.
    does that help?:apple:

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