Harddrive in disk utility, but not showing up on desktop.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by SarahShutze, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. SarahShutze macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2009

    I'm new to this forum, but need help with my external harddrives (WD Pasport 250GB). I can find it in my disk utility, but not on my desktop. I had WD send me a new drive, but now I do not know how to transfer the info from the old drive. Its not a dead drive- its obviously turned on and connected, but I can't mount it to my desktop. Any advice??

    I have a iBook G4 (if that matters).

  2. Trip.Tucker Guest

    Mar 13, 2008
    Have you setup a partition on the new drive in Drive Utility as well as format it?
  3. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Do you mean, you can't mount the drive via the Disk Utility?

    Is it formatted?

    Maybe you can try a PMU reset.
  4. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Sounds like the drive needs to be formatted. In Disc Utility, select the drive from the left hand pane and then click the Erase tab. If you are only using the drive with a Mac, select Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and it will then format the drive. After that, it should appear on your desktop.
  5. SarahShutze thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2009
    It is formatted for a Mac. It previously showed up, but will not show up now. I don't want to erase it b/c it has all my back-ups. I'm hoping to pull the info off and transfer it to a new drive. Any advice?
  6. Trip.Tucker Guest

    Mar 13, 2008
    You'll need to provide more detail. You said in your original post that WD sent you a replacment drive. That replacement drive would be unformatted. That drive will also need to be partitioned and formatted.

    Where is the original drive? Still in your iBook? Where is the new drive connected? In Disk Util, when you click on the old drive, can you mount it from there?

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