Become a MacRumors Supporter for $25/year with no ads, private forums, and more!
  • Did you order new AirTags? We've opened a dedicated AirTags forum.

davidoloan

Suspended
Original poster
Apr 28, 2009
419
72
I bought a IT-CEO 3.5" Sata external hard drive enclosure.

It has its own power supply and USB 3.0.

The HD is a Samsung HD103SJ, 1TB, 7200rpm.

A new iMac and a 2013 MacBook Air won't recognise it at all.

The hard drive was formatted in Windows and has an iTunes music library I want to transfer.

The enclosure appears ok in a Linux computer.

The hard drive works perfectly when plugged directly into the second slot inside the Linux computer.

I can get Western Digital external drives formatted in Windows to appear in the two Apple computers without any trouble but not this enclosure.

Am I doing something wrong?
 
Last edited:

RMo

macrumors 65816
Aug 7, 2007
1,224
226
Iowa, USA
I've had a USB 3.0 enclosure work fine on my Windows box but not on my Mac, but it worked fine once I replaced the stock USB 3.0 cable that came with the enclosure. In my case, I think the cable was bad, so, while unlikely, maybe that is also what's happening for you.

As an interim measure (because I had no extra USB 3.0 cables) and as a test, I tried it with a USB 2.0 cable, and it worked fine. Perhaps you could see if that does anything for you. You don't have to keep it that way, but, like I said, it could be useful for testing to narrow down the possibilities.

My first thought was that it might be some sort of file system incompatibility, but I can't think of any filesystem modern versions of Windows will let you use that OS X can't at least read (unlike when you go from OS X to Windows), and it sounds like you've done this successfully before.
 
Comment

davidoloan

Suspended
Original poster
Apr 28, 2009
419
72
Thanks, I will go and try a USB 2.0 cable.

The USB 3.0 cable is working perfectly on a Linux computer, and so has the USB 2.0 cable I have just tried.
 
Last edited:
Comment

davidoloan

Suspended
Original poster
Apr 28, 2009
419
72
USB 2.0 didn't work either.

It is definitely something to do with the Apple computers.

It's just not working.
 
Comment
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.