macbook problem with external hardrive

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by gavjackson1984, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. gavjackson1984 macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2008
    hi im new to this forum but id appreciate any help,

    ive got a western digital external hardrive that ive been using for a year or so now, whilst using it i tried ejecting it and it froze my macbook, so i unplugged it then tried plugging it in again but this time the hardrive isnt icon isnt appearing, i tryed it on a pc and everythings fine so again i plugged it into my macbook and when i tried ejecting it it froze and now my macbook wont read it at all but a pc will?

  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    What hard drive did you get? What interface are you using (USB, Firewire)?
    What MacBook do you have?

    You could try to reset the PRAM:

    After you shut down the computer, press the power button and immediately hold down the Command, Option, P, and R keys simultaneously until you hear the startup sound a second time. This resets the parameter RAM (PRAM).

    Or reset the SMC:

    If the computer is on, turn it off.
    Disconnect the AC Adapter and remove the computer's battery.
    Press and hold down the power button for 5 seconds and then release the button.
    Reconnect the battery and AC Adapter.
    Press the Power button to restart the computer.

    The SMC reset helped me recognizing external Firewire hard drives.
  3. gavjackson1984 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2008
    hi again sorry about the late reply ive been away.

    anyway ive tryed both of them solutions and its still failing to read the drive.

    its a Western Digital 120GB Passport V2 External USB 2.0 2.5" Hard Drive

    Mac OS X 10.4.11, 2,16ghz intel core.

    any ideas how to get it working? ive been thinking of re-formatting it on a pc but the drives full and i dont want to lose anything on it.

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