New MacBooks Drive in External Enclosure

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by yozh, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. yozh macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2008
    So, when I ordered my macbook on tuesday I also ordered a 320GB 7200 RPM Segate from NewEgg, and it came as a combo with an enclosure, so I tought to my self great I`ll use the 160GB in the enclosure and attach it to my router Asus WL500G P which has 2 USB 2.0 ports and the enclosure is just USB no power or anything. So when I attached it to my router nothing it doesnt see the drive and I hear strange clicking, so I said to my self hmm bad drive another trip to Apple store..... But just in case I tried it in the MacBook it self and it was fine, so then I tried with enclosure and setup TM for it, to my surprise it did all 20GB time machine with no problem, so I went and attached it to my Windows XP machine and clicking again and drive is not mounting... Whats going on here ? Is this thing only works with MACs ? Is the enclosure bad ? Any help is appreciated. Thank you.
  2. vandozza macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2006
    maybe you need to format the drive in a windows format (FAT) not HFS+ mac formatting, for the router, and PC to pick it up properly?
  3. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000


    Nov 16, 2006
    New York City
    Could be a couple of things. If its a USB only (no external power adapter), then the USB port on the PC isn't giving off enough power and the drive cannot engage. That would cause the clicking.

    With that said, a Mac formatted drive (HFS) won't mount on a Windows machine in the first place, without a software like MacDrive.
  4. yozh thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2008
    Ofcourse it wouldnt mount, but it would show up in disk management so I can format it. Well here is a intresting thing. I connected it to my wifes laptop and here it did recognize it, and I found that there is a 200mb partition thats marked "GPT Protected" I wonder if thats the problem. Also I`m kind of suspecting power as well, but desktop PC should be able to work fine shouldnt it ?
  5. Saladinos macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2008
    GPT protected partition is nothing to worry about. All GPT hard disks have one of those; it's an invisible partition.

    Disk management doesn't show networked drives.

    If your enclosure has a power plug, plug it in.
  6. yozh thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2008
    As mentioned above, no power plug, the router is running hacked version of firmware so I can telnet to see the drives and it doesnt come up and clicks some times. I`m thinking it has to be the power on the enclosure.....

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