Hard drive-connections problems

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by efoppega, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. efoppega macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2009
    Bought a WDElements external hard drive and I can`t get it connected to my G4 os 10.4.11.
    On the box it says it will function with 10.4.11. My G4 is old and has not USB2. I have searched the net and found people saying that this shouldn`t be a problem because USB2 is made to be working with USB1. Ok then...what on earth can I do to make it show up on my desktop? When connected to my Mac it will take about a minute before it asks me to: ignore, format or eject. i have tried all three with no help. And finally, yes it works on a new Mac, but not on mine. Any suggestions? hoping for a solution.Erik
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Have you taken a look at Disk Utility (Applications > Disc Utility) and saw if it showed up there?

    Also what file system did you format it in (HFS+ (Journaled) or FAT32 (MSDOS))?

    You can take a look at the Information window (Get Info or CMD + I) with the other Mac.
    Select your HDD/volume and get Info and look under "Format:".


    What G4 Mac do you have?
  3. efoppega thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2009
    Thanks for answering:)

    The WD is fat 32 and it showed up on another and newer mac. In disk utilities it is not possible to do anything with it. The respons is: in/out error. On the good side is the fact that something in my mac will find the WD but sadly nothing more. I have a 867 MHz PowerPC running on 10.4.11 Any other suggetions?
  4. stuartm macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2007

    I am experiencing the same issue.
    I cant see my WD (My Book) when switiching on.
    The ExHDD does power up when the main box is on but it doesnt appear on my desltop until I power the exHdd off then on which is a bit worrying to do this each time.
    I would have expected it to boot up and been seen on my desktop.
    My OS is 10.4.1
  5. efoppega thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2009
    Thanks stuartm....but...
    it is not the same I think. My exHDD has not got a powerswitch and it shows up in disk-utility. Is it not any program that will allow me to forceconnect it and get it connected?

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