external hard-drive shows up on desktop but not in disk utilities... gahhh!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by abdulah, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. abdulah macrumors newbie

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    hi, i'm pretty new to this thing so here goes,

    i bought a simpletech usb external hard drive this past summer and used it with my windows vista. Everything was fine. I then switched to a macbook pro. I tried reformating with disk utilities. clicked erase. got an error. and tried again.

    it doesn't show up as anything in disk utilities. it shows up in the finder window as a hard drive icon but it shows up on the desktop as a folder icon. it wont let me do anything with it. i get an error message saying it can't read or write.

    also it wont eject. it says its in use but nothing is open. i pulled it out and the icon stays on the desk top. when i plug it back in it just makes another icon. they don't go away unless i restart the comp.

    also... one more thing... it clicks.... i have been hearing of this click of death... is it dead???

    any help would be awesome!
    Thanks a bunch
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Montreal, QC
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    If it's not dead it's dying. I've never heard of a dying hard drive behaving like that, but that's likely your problem.
     

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