External Hard drive wont Mount

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  1. insomniac321123 macrumors 6502

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    #1
    My external hard drive wont mount. is there anything i can do to try and get the data off, or even better, try to fix it?

    It wont mount, and this is what i get when i try to verify/repair it in disk utility:

    Verifying volume “JAYSON'S HD”
    ** /dev/disk2s5
    ** Phase 1 - Read FAT
    Unable to read FAT (Input/output error)
    Error: The underlying task reported failure on exit


    1 non HFS volume checked
    Volume needs repair

    What can i do to fix this???
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    Do you have another machine to test/repair it on? Otherwise, maybe look at trying Disk Warrior.
     
  3. insomniac321123 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Disk warrior sees the drive, but says that the file format is not supported, so it wont do anything. Windows sees the drive but says that it is not formated and asks me if i want to format it. Does anyone have any ideas?
     
  4. kolax macrumors G3

    kolax

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    Could be the signs of a failing drive - I had a similar problem with my old external hard drive..

    One of the problems that caused my failure was I never used to eject the drive from the desktop, and I didn't realise my drive was copying data when I turned it off and corrupted stuff. Also the fact that it fell off my desk didn't help its lifespan either.
     

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