External Hard drive stopped working...

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Jesse1122, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. Jesse1122 macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2010
    Has anyone experienced this before?
    My WD firewire 800 drive has stopped working, i can hear it spinning when I plug it in but the light doesnt come on and my computer doesn't recognize it. I've tried both the firewire and usb connections.
  2. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    sounds like the harddrive controller given up , if you openthe case there is a small green board in front of the harddrive , your harddrive itself might still be alright , just get a new enclosure and test it out , you can always buy a new harddrive if the old one would be broken too , but i would test it first
  3. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio
    Anyway you can remove the hdd and install it in another enclosure or inside your computer?
  4. raysfan81 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2009
    North Carolina
    I second this. I would be sure to test the hard drive out if possible. If it works get a new enclosure from Amazon or somewhere and your on your way. Good luck. :)

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