G-Tech G-Drive (500GB) external hard drive won't show up on desktop. PLEASE HELP.

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  1. livy501 macrumors newbie

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    Problem started when I went into the "get info" window for the G-Drive and switched the ownership/permissions dropdown from "read/write" to "no access". When I tried to switch it back to read/write, it would say read/write in the dropdown, but then I'd try to access the g-drive and I'd only get to the first set of folders--when I'd click on a folder, there would appear to be nothing in it. (Not sure if this is really related to my current problem.)
    I then tried ejecting and remounting the drive, but it didn't show up on my desktop. Stupidly, I assumed my computer didn't recognize it at all and unplugged the firewire without ejecting thru disk utility. When I did this I got the device removal error.
    I then plugged the firewire back in and tried repairing the disk in disk utility, but it said it didn't need repair. When I click on the G-Drive in disk utility the info at the bottom says:

    Mount Point : /Volumes/G-DRIVE Capacity : 465.6 GB (499,973,603,328 Bytes)
    Format : Mac OS Extended Available :
    Owners Enabled : No Used :
    Number of Folders : 0 Number of Files : 0

    0 Files! I'm worried about losing all my stuff! I then tried DiskWarrior (v4.0). When I first opened it I think the info at the bottom said "This disk is a Mac OS Extended disk. This disk does NOT appear on the desktop." I'm not quite sure about that "not" b/c after rebuilding the directory of the G-DRIVE I know it now says "This disk does appear on the desktop." Anyway, it's definitely not appearing on my desktop. After building the directory it said "All file and folder data was easily located. Comparison of the original and replacement directories indicate that there will be changes to the number, the contents and/or the attributes of the files and folders." And later: "19 files (and 2 folders) had a directory entry w/ an incorrect text encoding value that was repaired." And:

    Disk Info:
    Files: 51,646
    Folders: 18, 493
    Free Space: 65.42GB
    (etc)

    I then clicked "Replace" whereupon it said it was successfully replace. But still it did not appear on the desktop even after ejecting, remounting, rebooting computer, etc.

    If anyone has any advice I'd really appreciate it. I'm pretty desperate here! Thanks!

    (FYI I already tried going into the Finder permissions and unclicking and reclicking the box for showing disks on the desktop. Also, I plan on getting DataRescueII in case that's necessary, but i hope it isn't)
     
  2. tmann4455 macrumors newbie

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    G-TECH G-DRIVE mini problem

    I've recently experienced the exact same thing. I have a macbook pro and although there is no desktop icon nor is my g-tech listed as a device on the side bar of a Finder window, I can still access the files/folders on my g-tech by going to Go -> Go to Folders ( or Shift + Apple Key + G ). Type the name of the external drive and press enter. Do this when no finder windows are open or it may tell you that it can't find the folder. It's wierd in that it seems that Finder is treating the drive device as if it were only a Folder and the Disk Utility sees it as a Device.

    Like you, this happened after I changed permissions on the drive. Have you been able to find an answer to this?
     
  3. tmann4455 macrumors newbie

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    My second reply

    I resolved my problem the hard way. Moved all 60K + files to HD then repartitioned. G_TECH icon popped up immediately on the desktop. Not sure why this happenedand if you do figure it out or have figured it out - Please let me know.
     
  4. livy501 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  5. estaragency macrumors newbie

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    G-Tech G-Drive (500GB) external hard drive won't show up on desktop

    For me it will not show up when I use the USB2.0 connection. It does show as expected when I use the Firewire 400 and the Firewire 800 connections.
     
  6. estaragency macrumors newbie

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    G-Tech G-Drive (500GB) external hard drive won't show up on desktop

    I found it will not show up when I am using the USB2.0 connection. It does show up as expected when I use either the Firewire 400 or the Firewire 800 connections.
     
  7. shokunin macrumors regular

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    Are you plugging the G-drive with the AC adapter. The deal-killer for me on the G-tech mini is that it is NOT USB bus powered, only Firewire bus powered. Lame.
     
  8. Shark84 macrumors newbie

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    G drive technology drives support usb and AC at the same time

    Some how the USB can't generate enough power to power the G Drive alone, thus you must use the mini USB and the AC adapter together. If u use the AC adapter or usb alone the drive makes a cliking sound but once u connect both of them at the same time the drive kicks in & runs/sounds smooth.:cool:
     

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