External HD not seen in Disk Utility

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by gt tv, May 26, 2007.

  1. gt tv macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2007
    Firewire hd is not showing up on my desktop. 4000+ iTunes & 3000+ iPhoto libraries contained.

    G4 running Tiger 10.4.8
    Maxtor 80gb 7200rpm FW HD (circa 2001-2002?)

    Last night I hooked up my iPod to sync and charge before going to bed. I did not eject the iPod. Overnight we had a power failure. When I went to my Mac in the morning I saw that my Mac was not powered up. My External Drive had the red light lit solid and the green light blinking quickly. (Normally the green light is solid indicating power and the red light only comes on when reading/writing.)
    I rebooted the Mac and nothing changed. Then I unhooked the fw cable to the external drive along with unplugging its power cord. I also unplugged my mac from the wall.
    I waited about 15mins then I plugged the mac back into the wall, plugged both power and fw cables back into the Maxtor, and powered up the Mac. Still nothing.
    I also hooked my iPod to my Mac via FW and it recognized the iPod but when iTunes opened all songs had a dreaded grey exclamation point.

    I know this is Memorial Day Weekend and the last thing anyone probably wants to do is sit at their mac and figure this out (including me!!!) but any and all help would be appreciated.

  2. gunsnrobotss macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2007
    Las Vegas

    SAME PROBLEM, SAME COMPUTER, SAME HD, SAME DAY! called maxtor tech support guy said and i quote " I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO TELL YOU"
  3. brop52 macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2007
    Get a better surge suppressor/UPS. Don't connect things overnight if you don't have to.

    I don't know what to tell you either. Maybe the loss of power killed the hard drive. Maybe you can erase it and see if it will still work but I think you are out of luck with the music. Do you have a backup?

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