Time Machine Hard Drive won't show up on desktop

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by xdarkdragonx01, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. xdarkdragonx01 macrumors member

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    Sep 4, 2008
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    I have a 1TB WD My book for Time Machine..
    but today when i plug in my drive for back up, it wont show up on the desktop or finder
    I can see it in disk utility, but it wont let me verify disk or repair disk.

    I don't want to format the drive again because i have some important files on the drive.

    so, how can I make Time Machine work and access the files on the drive again?
     
  2. michaeljordan macrumors newbie

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    Mar 12, 2008
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    I've had the same problems before (many times). Wait till you can't even see it in your disk utility. One option is to restart your computer and the time machine back-up drive will miraculously reappear (doesn't always work though). Mine did after a few days. U might want to try that. Is yours plugged in using firewire? I'm not sure if that's the cause. Mine is and I unplugged the firewire and use USB and it works. So far so good. You might wanna try that. Hope that helps!
     
  3. xdarkdragonx01 thread starter macrumors member

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    Sep 4, 2008
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    yea..im using firewire...but i tried to plug it in with USB too
    it still doesnt work
     

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