External hard drives - sometimes mount, sometimes don't. Ongoing problem.

shoelessone

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Jul 17, 2007
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Hi, I have a MacBook Pro 2.2ghz blah blah blah, with the latest version of tiger installed (all updates, etc).

I have two external HDs hooked up to an external USB 2.0 hub.

Here is the thing: OSX sometimes mounts the external drives, sometimes doesn't. It seems, to me, to be almost 100% random. At the moment my 250gb NTSF drive is mounted. I had to restart because my MBP froze up (for the second time this week btw, I also had a kernal panick. My GF just commented, "you new laptop freezes more than my computer!" - she has an old XP Pro machine I built for her. I feel great). Anyway, before I restarted both my drives were working properly, one 250gb NTSF and one 250gb FAT32. I restarted, and only the NTSF drive came back.

The thing is the drives keep spinning up, they are on, spinning, blah blah, just not mounted.

So, of course I tried using disk utility to mount the drive, but when that happens I get "error messages", I believe disk utility recommend I run disk recovery but, that isn't an option or it didn't do anything. No fix.

So, I end up restarting my drives, powering them up, powering them down, sometimes for a seemingly random reason start working.

Anyway, any thing I should know?

Anyway, I have read about people having problems with external hard drives, but I'm wondering if there are any solutions I'm missing, etc.
 

coocooforcocoap

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Sep 22, 2007
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kathmandu, nepal
same here...

So, I end up restarting my drives, powering them up, powering them down, sometimes for a seemingly random reason start working.
same here. i suspect it has something to do with harddrive usb board, as i have 3 drives, and two of them exibit random mount behavior while one always mounts. i plug mine direct into the usb slot, and same behavior. maybe leopard will fix...
 
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mmendoza27

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Oct 18, 2007
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I'm kind of having some of the same problems, except mine deals with FW400 and FW800. I mount an external My Book HD and it doesn't show up on finder. It'll show up in Disk Utility, but I can never access it...

Funny thing is, I use it all the time over my network using the AirDisk utility. Hopefully it'll be fixed with Leopard.
 
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shoelessone

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I'm kind of having some of the same problems, except mine deals with FW400 and FW800. I mount an external My Book HD and it doesn't show up on finder. It'll show up in Disk Utility, but I can never access it...

Funny thing is, I use it all the time over my network using the AirDisk utility. Hopefully it'll be fixed with Leopard.
I'm not holding my breath. Maybe, but... Seems like something that could/should have been fixed long ago.
 
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