Mac drive not mounting, need to access the files, possible partition table issue?

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by SanMed1, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. SanMed1 macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2016
    Hi there!

    Short version is I am trying to recover files / OS install from a mac hard drive that won't mount (but does spin up and show both partitions in disk utility).

    Long version - I swapped out the internal hard drive for an SSD and planned to use a fresh install of latest OS X and copy the old files over as they were needed. The hard drive is in a USB enclosure and has 2 partitions, but the internal hard drive stopped mounting at some point after the swap.. I do think it worked originally and I already tried a different enclosure. I tried Migration Assistant and Time Machine to restore the files but neither will restore my 2nd partition and also the software doesn't work due to it being a fresh install (I can't reinstall these programs as they're volume licensed).

    Mac Mini 2010
    OS X El Capitan (but I updated from I think Mountain Lion).
    750GB ish hard drive, 2 partitions (was mac boot drive)
  2. JohnDS macrumors 65816

    Oct 25, 2015
  3. Partron22 macrumors 68020


    Apr 13, 2011
    Drive plugged straight into mac, no hubs?
    I've had some trouble w those.
  4. SanMed1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2016
    Have tried using disk warrior but none of my external drives are showing up as option, but they show up fine in disk utility (although i can't do anything with the problematic drive in DU). any ideas? not using any hubs either.
  5. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Do you have a DIFFERENT Mac with which you could try the problem drive?

    Get the same results?
  6. Gochugogi macrumors regular


    Oct 27, 2013
    Sandwich Isles
    Same here. Tossed the hubs and everything just worked...

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