- Dec 29, 2013
in order to get the external drive to pop back up on the desktop (and in finder) is to unplug the external drives power after each time the iMac is restarted. Is there a way to fix this?
You can mount the disk again using the Terminal command diskutil. You can read about how to that here.I wonder myself if I "eject" an external, but it's still plugged in, why can't you click on something in Finder to get the external up and running again w/out having to re-plug it in the computer.
From your advice...
Do you do that just once? Or each time your restart your system?From your advice...
I could mount it in terminal, but I downloaded the Mountain app for 1.99 and it works well since it puts an icon up in the taskbar and is much easier to do than using terminal.
So now I "eject" My Passport disk on the desktop to get it to stop spinning, and then mount it using the Mountain app to see the drive again. Nice! Thanks!
Well again I'm not getting it. I installed the mountain apps newest version. Mounted the external drive. Restarted my computer and again the external drive is gone. And its not listed as a available drive in the mountain app.
Each time you restart your system do you have to remount the drive with the mountain app?If you can be more specific about doing what just once with the external???
No...If I have the iMac running with the external (WD My Passport 1tb) plugged in and running, I can eject it, restart the iMac and it shows up again on the desktop and it's running after the restart.Each time you restart your system do you have to remount the drive with the mountain app?
Well I think I found a good start. Downloading there latest firmware update for the external drive to the mac. But it says I should make a backup of all the data ion it prior. I don't have anywhere to put 1 teribite of info.http://www.wd.com/wdproducts/wdsmartwareupdate/firmware.asp?id=wdfMB30_Essential&os=MAC
Hmm not me. Did you have to download any software onto the mac for the WD?No...If I have the iMac running with the external (WD My Passport 1tb) plugged in and running, I can eject it, restart the iMac and it shows up again on the desktop and it's running after the restart.
I've corrupted my external before trying to defrag it. I can't risk that again. Gues I'll have to wait until i get a new external. Suggestions? Should i get the apple time capsule? Does it work well? Does it work with Time Warner cable?WD firmware update lists a fix for the issue that you are having, so it should be a good fix.
Firmware updates, if disturbed for ANY reason while in progress, can fail disastrously - to the point of making the drive inaccessible.
Probably won't happen, and you'll have a safe completion - but, absolutely is a primary time to make sure that any files ONLY on that hard drive, and important to you, WILL be backed up somewhere else.
Or, you can continue to put up with your hard drive dropping off
It's a good excuse to add a second external for secondary backups - not a bad idea, in any case.