Stubborn external HD won't mount. Any tips?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by KidHoliday, Nov 3, 2006.

  1. KidHoliday macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2005
    My 200 Gig LaCie firewire external is having some issues. First of all, I think the powersupply is failing because it doesn't turn on 90% of the time. The times I do get it to turn on, it won't mount on my powerbook. I've opened up disc utility and the HD is nowhere to be found. Anyone know how to get a stubborn external HD to mount?:confused:

  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    The first rule if you find yourself in a hole is.... Stop Digging!

    Attempting to access a drive with a failing power supply is a recipe for data corruption should you actually ever get it going, briefly.

    LaCie should be able to provide a new power supply (it's an external brick, yes?) They have had historical issues with it.

    Or if it's out of warranty pull the drive out and put it in a MacAlly case for $50 - $60 and be done with it.

    (kudos again to the Crab for brevity and speed.)
  4. KidHoliday thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2005
    Thanks for the help

    Thanks for the help guys,

    I'm looking into getting a new case. I didn't know that was even possible with these external HD's. Thankfully, this morning the drive did turn on and mount, and I managed to copy my data. All my important files & pics are safe. This could have been a lot worse.

    Thanks again,

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