New iMac won't show external drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by dgreener, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. dgreener macrumors newbie

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    I just bought my first iMac and I tried plugging my WD ibook external HDD into it and it won't show up at all. I tried looking in disk utilities and on the desktop and it doesn't show at all. I have been using the drive on a windows computer for a while and I know that i will probably have to be reformatted, but I thought that I would at least be able to read from it beforehand?

    Any advice would be great.
    Thanks
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, you should be able to see the drive, regardless of the format. It's most likely NTFS, which Mac OS X can read natively, anyway. Check your cable connections and try different ports, if possible.
     
  3. dgreener thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Still no luck. It's not showing up anywhere that I can see...
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Try mounting it on the Windows PC, then make sure you properly eject it before unplugging. Then try mounting again on the Mac. It may not help, but it's worth a shot.
     
  5. dgreener thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That totally worked! thanks man!
     

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