Failed external HD won't mount. Can't see it's TM files.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by rufhausen, Feb 18, 2010.

  1. rufhausen macrumors regular

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    I have a 320GB OWC FW800 external drive that I use for iTunes, iPhoto, etc. It's backed up to Time Machine on a 1TB external drive. The 320 GB drive has failed and OS X cannot repair it via Disk Utility and tells me to re-format. That's fine except I'm leery of doing that until I can verify that everything I need off of that drive is safe in TM. However, since I can't mount this drive anymore, it's not showing up on any of my restore points in TM either.
    Am I going to have to just re-format the drive and name it the same as before for it to just show up again in TM in order to restore?
    I don't know why it should matter if I currently have that drive mounted or not in order to see the files from that drive that should be in TM.
    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    Have you looked into the backups.backupdb folder on the external 1TB HDD if you can find anything there?

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    PS: It's its, not it's.

    it's = it is
    its = belonging to
     
  3. rufhausen thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes, I can see the drive I call "media" from there and just do a copy once I re-format the now untrusted drive.
    Thanks for the tip.

    And yes, I tend to do that a lot with "it's".
     

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