External Hard Drive Not Showing

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Gianna, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. Gianna macrumors newbie

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    I have a Western Digital External HD and am using an emac computer. I left my hd plugged into another mac for a week while I was on vacation, it was working fine. When I got back it was not showing up on the computer, and would not show up after I unplugged it, restarted, etc. I thought maybe it was the computer, but it will not show up on mine either. I cannot be sure the hd was not dropped, but I was told that it was not dropped. Anyway, it turns on when plugged in and makes noises like it's working, and the lights are on. It just does not show up on my computer. My friend said this is probably a case problem, but I don't know what to do in general about it. Is there anything else I could do to possibly make it work?
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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  3. Gianna thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. Gianna thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Disk Utility

    When I found it on Disk Utility, I tried to verify it, and said there was a problem. When I tried to fix the problem, it says it stopped repairing because "The underlying task reported failure on exit." What does this mean?
     
  5. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Is there anything important (that you don't have backed up) on the drive?
     
  6. Gianna thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, I am using the drive to store most everything as there is little room on my computer. Music, photos, papers, etc etc
     
  7. -tWv- macrumors 68000

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    Drives can die at any time, that is why you shouldn't rely on a single drive to hold all your important data. You should make back-ups on a regular basis. For your problem, try DiskWarrior to rebuild the directory on your drive.
     
  8. surflordca macrumors 6502a

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    People never learn until it's tooooo late. Back up, back up, back up...
     
  9. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    But they don't make that mistake twice!
     
  10. i.shaun macrumors 6502a

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    Do you know that for a fact? I wouldn't put it past some people lol
     
  11. PhixionFilms macrumors 6502

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    turn off your computer, unplug from wall, disconnect all wires from your mac, plug in your HDD, plug in your computer, plug in only wires you NEED atm, your hdd should show up now.
     

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