External Hard Drive Help

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by backtothefuture, Dec 25, 2008.

  1. backtothefuture macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Hello, and Merry Christmas/ Happy Holidays to all. This monring, Santa left me a Western Digital My Passport Elite 320GB PHD. I have a Powerbook G4, running on OSX 10.4.11 According to the Western Digital Box, everything should be fine. However, when I plugged in the Passport, it did not show up on my Powerbook, and did not show up under Disk Utility. The Passport was running, yet it would make a click sound every ten or so seconds, and a light on the Passport would flash when it clicked. Any help would be super awesome.
  2. Electro Funk macrumors 65816

    Electro Funk

    Dec 8, 2005
    The Opium Garden
    i know it sounds to simple, but have you tried just rebooting the PB?
  3. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    I think the older notebooks can't output enough power through the USB ports. Therefore, the external HDD will spin and click but won't mount.

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