Unable to Mount External HDD

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by acroberts, Oct 20, 2014.

  1. acroberts macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2014
    Immediately after upgrading a 2013 MBP to Yosemite over the weekend, my two external hard drives (one formatted to run Time Machine, the other formatted FAT32 for overflow file storage)

    After a subsequent reboot, I can no longer see nor mount either drive.

    OS X Drive Utility shows both drives, as well as the named partitions. When attempting to mount either, I was prompted to verify the drive, which was unsuccessful.

    I was then prompted to repair the drives, but unsuccessful in this, with an error code 8.

    I could live without Time Machine for now, but with many photos on the FAT32 drive, I panicked and plugged into a Win7 laptop, and the drive (thankfully) was intact and accessible.

    I then installed a Windows-based utility to allow reading the Mac-formatted Time Machine drive, and was able to explore contents of that drive as well.

    Anyone else see these kinds of issues with the upgrade or even earlier versions of OS X?
  2. HelixOmnimedia macrumors 6502a


    Jul 26, 2006
    Traveling The World
    I am having the same issue with my Western Digital MyBook drive. It will not mount, I don't have any other machine to try it on

    Now when the drive is plugged it I get the following error message "the disk you inserted was not readable by this compute" with three options: initialise, ignore or eject.

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