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

    Jul 5, 2007
    Littleton, CO
    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


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Have you looked into the backups.backupdb folder on the external 1TB HDD if you can find anything there?


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

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

    Jul 5, 2007
    Littleton, CO
    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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