Time machine and my hdd?

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  1. trellaine macrumors member

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    I have my ext hdd setup with time machine for the past year and a half. I just moved and tried resetting up the hdd to my iMac. I just plugged the USB cable into the iMac and it should work again? My ext hdd doesn't need a power source.

    I sort of hear something from the hdd but I can't get the mac to recognize it nor can I do any backups.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Try Disk Utility. Finder -> Applications -> Utilities -> Disk Utility -> Check hard drive. Also repair your permissions
     
  3. Ooz Guest

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    I ran into something similar and found out that my usb cable was bad.

    Apparently, these cheapo cables they supply with pretty much anything don't hold the bending and twisting.

    Worth a try before you go toss the darn thing out :)
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

    Hellhammer

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    If it's just USB it's good thing. New USB cable costs only few dollars
     
  5. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    I've also had a USB cable fail before. The hard drive appeared to be powered but would not connect. Replacing the cable fixed the problem.
     
  6. trellaine thread starter macrumors member

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    Nothing yet

    Hmmm I switched USB cables and I can hear some clicking which appears to be from the ext hdd but I still can't see it in the finder.

    Is it something I am not doing correctly? I thought I just plug it in and then time machine works.

    Thanks
     

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