Portable hardrive not working on Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Lemmimac, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. Lemmimac macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2009
    Ok , I have a Western Digital Passport portable hard drive. I had it connected to my MacbookPro laptop when my comp froze so i held the power button and did a hard restart. Ever since then my Mac cannot detect this hardrive and it wont mount on my desktop. It also doesn't show up in disc utility. When I go to check Disc Utility for the hardrive it gets stuck on Gathering Disc Information until I unplug the hardrive. When I look at the HD I can see the lights flashing like its loading something and it does this endlessly and nothing ever happens. I have tried this hardrive on another comp and it works perfectly so I think some setting or something messed up when I restarted the comp. Any help would be great. (oh i also tested a 4gig usb stick on the same usb port and it worked so its not a port problem either). I really need to be able to use this h/d on my mac again - plz help!
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Try Disk Utility from your install disc. Hold "C" while booting and select Utilities from top bar and then Disk Utility. Then plug in your external and try to fix it.

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