Missing volumes on external drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tarena, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. tarena macrumors newbie

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    I have my itunes and iphoto library on an external USB drive.

    I downloaded some photos from a new camera and when I opened my iphoto library I notice that they were the only ones there. The other photos were blank. There appears to have been a new volume created on the ext drive. e.g. it appeared as "diskdrivename" 3)

    Then I downloaded some files from a website and they appeared to have been written to a folder that I now can't find on the external or internal drive. they were written to "diskdrdivename 4, as though a further volume had been created. I can't find these files by searching and can't mount these other volumes, if indeed they were created.

    Can anybody help.
     
  2. darwinian macrumors 6502a

    darwinian

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    Hi, if you open Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility, what does it list for that external USB drive. If there are multiple partitions, those should show up.

    Have you tried the standard, eject and unplug the drive, restart the computer and try again?

    I'd also go to the command line (Terminal.app works) and try

    df -h

    and

    ls -la /Volumes/

    This will give you a better sense of what's going on. (All of the info from all of these commands should be consistent.) Sometimes Finder is weird. What version of OS X are you running, by the way?
     
  3. tarena thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I will try

    Thanks for your help so far. I will try those procedures.

    Version 10.4.11

    When I tried your second suggestion it came back with:

    [Seventeen:~] pbg4% ls -la /Volumes/
    total 40
    drwxrwxrwt 20 root admin 680 Jan 29 21:38 .
    drwxrwxr-t 50 root admin 1802 Jan 28 08:49 ..
    -rwxrwxrwx 1 pbg4 staff 82 Feb 1 2006 ._ADMINISTRAT
    -rwxrwxrwx 1 pbg4 staff 82 May 13 2007 ._AM'S IPOD
    -rwxrwxrwx 1 pbg4 staff 82 Jun 10 2007 ._CHIARA'S IP
    -rwxrwxrwx 1 pbg4 staff 82 Jun 20 2006 ._DAN'S IPOD
    drwxr-xr-x 3 pbg4 admin 102 Dec 24 2005 AMUSIC 3
    drwxr-xr-x 21 root admin 714 Sep 14 22:15 BACKUP
    drwxrwxr-t 45 root admin 1632 Jan 25 23:32 Backup 1
    drwxr-xr-x 4 root admin 136 Apr 6 2007 Brookie
    drwx------ 4 pbg4 admin 136 Apr 20 2006 MSHOME;BCILAPTOP
    lrwxr-xr-x 1 root admin 1 Jan 28 08:49 Macintosh HD -> /
    drwxr-xr-x 3 pbg4 admin 102 Feb 27 2007 Mini
    drwxr-xr-x 3 pbg4 admin 102 Aug 10 00:03 Mini 1
    drwxr-xr-x 3 pbg4 admin 102 Nov 7 20:31 Mini 2
    drwxrwxrwx 3 pbg4 admin 102 Nov 19 10:17 Mini 3
    drwxr-xr-x 12 pbg4 staff 510 Jan 27 07:45 Mini 4
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Mar 9 2006 Seagate
    drwxr-xr-x 14 pbg4 staff 578 Oct 19 21:41 TonePod
    drwxr-xr-x 34 root admin 1156 Oct 5 2006 Total Backup
    [Seventeen:~] pbg4%


    It is the versions of Mini 3 and Mini 4 that I am chasing...

    Is the plot thickening or just getting cloudier?

    Thanks
    Tony
     

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