external hard drive issue

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by spevin, Sep 19, 2006.

  1. spevin macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2006
    I took a 400gb from an old Media Center PC I had to add some storage to my MacBook. I formatted it inside Windows, then reformatted it to work with my Macs. I plugged it into my iMac to get some data off of it for the MacBook. The computer froze during the transfer and after the reboot the drive won't mount. It says failure to initialize or something of that sort and will not show up. In Disk Utility I try to erase it and it gives me an error. The drive shows up and says 2.0TB (but its a 400gb) and won't let me do anything with it. In Windows, it won't show up to be reformatted either (on dual boot or the original PC it came from). Any ideas on how to get it working again?
  2. Texas04 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 2, 2005
    Try a verify and repair in disk utlitity (it doesnt need to be mounted) did you drop it or move the Hard Drive alot? how old is the hard drive?
  3. spevin thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2006
    Won't let me verify or repair. No dropping. Barely moved. It's a year old...if that.
  4. spevin thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2006

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