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

    Jan 19, 2009
    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


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    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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