External hard drive problem

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by cc44bluez, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. cc44bluez macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2011
    I have had my external hard drive connected to my laptop for over a year... suddenly it has stopped mounting to the desktop. The drive shows up in disk utility but I cannot access it. When I connect the drive to my laptop it asks me if I want to initialize it. Did something get corrupted where I cannot access the drive? I have tried resetting the SMC but nothing?? Any thoughts??

  2. BarkingGhost macrumors regular


    Oct 18, 2011
    Atlanta+35 miles
    Sounds like the filesystem may have been compromised to a point it is no longer recognized as anything. Do you have another computer you can connect it to?
  3. cc44bluez thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2011
    I don't have another computer to connect to. Any suggestions what to do next??
  4. stev3n macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2010
    While in Disk Utility are you able to click on Verify Disk or Repair Disk?
  5. lighthouse_man macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2005
    Restart, unplug your drive, try a different connecting cable and a different port on your computer and try again. If your drive is unmountable (test on another computer), then either Disk Warrior or TechTool Pro should help rebuild the directory.
  6. cc44bluez thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2011
    I can't repair or verify disk via disk utility.

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