MacBook Not Seeing Any External Drives

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  1. xJulianx macrumors 6502a

    xJulianx

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    The last few days, my MacBook has not been seeing my 500GB Lacie drive which I use half as a Time Machine backup and half as a scratch disk for audio work.

    Nothing has changed, or even been unplugged/plugged in to my setup to make this occur, it has just happened for some reason. I usually have the hard drive hooked up through a USB hub and have tried plugging it directly into the MacBook but still no joy.

    Most of my other USB peripherals seem to work fine including mouse and keyboard.

    Of note, my MacBook wouldn't see my iPod Shuffle 512MB, though it would charge the device.

    Nothing appears in Disk Utility either.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. xJulianx thread starter macrumors 6502a

    xJulianx

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    Turns out all that was required was a restart :rolleyes:

    Go on, I thoroughly deserve your taunting and leering :eek:
     
  3. logana macrumors 65816

    logana

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    Are you using Leopard by any chance - I have noticed that USB drives sometimes are not seen by the OS. There does not seem to be any real reason - but as you have found out - a restart usually makes them return.....
     
  4. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030

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    shouldn't that be one of the first things you do when troubleshooting? ;)
     
  5. xJulianx thread starter macrumors 6502a

    xJulianx

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    Yes, running 10.5.4

    I've had this problem once before but if I remember correctly it just came back to normal after a bit of time without a restart required. But yeah, in the future I'll be sure to restart.

    *Sigh* I know...I know. :eek:
     

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