OS X does not recognize toshiba MK1234GAX hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by zorrilla069, Sep 25, 2008.

  1. zorrilla069 macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2008
    Hi every one Im new in the world of macitosh and im having a really bad time when trying to use the toshiba MK1234GAX USB device (its an external hard drive 120 GB) when i plug it to the usb, the system doesnt show it on the desktop, it is already formated in fAT32. However while using bootcamp,windows recognizes it instantly and does not require driver for its use, I really hope you can help me find a solution Im going crazy because I dont want to spend more money on a new drive unless it becomes my last resort. Thanks By the way im runing on OS X 1.5 Leopard
  2. hughvane macrumors 6502


    Aug 25, 2008
    Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
    I know this may seem simplistic, but ...

    Does the external drive have a power supply of its own? If yes, have you tried powering it on before plugging it into the USB port?

    If however the external drive is powered from the USB port itself, then you may be experiencing insufficient power from the computer to operate the drive, which means it is not linking with your computer. If that is the case, then you'll need a powered USB2 hub.
  3. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Please read the OP's post. He said that with Windows (key point) it works and mounts with no problems. So that rules out power. However, please try switching the ports, plug it into another usb port. and try a different usb cable. if it fails to mount to the desktop, the problem is with the format. open up disk utility and see if it will recognize the drive. and check to see if hard drives are dispayed on the desktop by default.
  4. zorrilla069 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2008
    The drive doesnt show up in the list when usin the disk utility so i cannot mount it, ive tried your recommendations but it doesnt seem to work at all.. however thank for your help i made a deal with my father and we are trading drives so it is no longer my business:D but thanks anyway.

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