External Hard Drive not Showing up on Mac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by gallaghermichael, Dec 13, 2016.

  1. gallaghermichael macrumors newbie

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    Hey all,
    So I'm in the process of switching files from my family's mac to my laptop. We have an external Seagate 1TB drive that has a bunch of my stuff on it. It's formatted for Mac but I thought it was also able to switch to PC as well (didn't do research and this is in fact not true) so I go to plug the drive in to my PC and a window pops up with a loading bar that looks like its initializing the hard drive. Then it stops and I can't access the drive anywhere on the computer, it just doesn't show. Frustrated I go back to the family Mac, plug in the drive, and it says I have to partition it! What happened? When I look at the drive on the Mac it now says that total capacity is 1TB, does that mean when I plugged it into the PC it wiped all the data? I would really like to recover the files if possible, any help or guidance is really appreciated!
     
  2. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

    Taz Mangus

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    It sounds like the partition table may have been damaged when you plugged it into the Windows computer. You may need a program like DiskWarrior or DiskDrill to fix the disk. In cases like this it is a good idea to have at least one backup of important data, 2 backups are even better.
     

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