PB 17" 1.66 wont recognize external hard drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nomadix, Sep 17, 2007.

  1. nomadix macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2006
    Howdy Folks:

    G4 PB 17" 1.66 OS X 10.4.1
    I purchased an external hard drive - a 2.5" USB 2.0 IDE 100GB

    first plugged it into my Desktop - iMac G5 - partitioned it - no worries
    Now in the G4 PB the light flashes like it needs to be in a power USB and will not recognze.

    Does this mean neither of my USB ports on this PB are power and I need a different cable - like a firewire ( dunno if there is such a cable - FireWire to 7mm USB) or some other sort - or have to use an external power source

    Cheers thanks if you know

  2. noodle654 macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2005
    Never Ender
    Have you tried different USB ports??

    Plug the HD into one of the USB ports and click on the Apple (upper left) and click About this Mac. From there click on More Details, go to the USB tab and see if the computer recognizes the HD. If you dont see anything, run TechTool Deluxe and test the USB. Try it and let me know.
  3. nomadix thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2006
    howdy Noodles654:

    first thing I tried was both USB ports

    Called Apple Care; they seem to think problem lies with external - yet both a PC and my G5 iMac have no issues with it when plugged directly into back / powered USB port

    Ran Tech tools disc - USB passed yet hard drive still blinks like when you plug it into a USB with no power


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