WD Elements External Hardrive not working on Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by macuser_8, Oct 23, 2018.

  1. macuser_8 macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2018

    I have a major issue with my external 1TB WD Elements hardrive that won't come up on my desktop. The hardrive does light up and gets picked up in disk utility, however it's showing there is nothing on it also. I'm worried that the actual hardrive is damaged somehow and I've lost everything, but I never dropped it. I've tried on another mac and even smart tv, nothing. What are my options?

    Thank you.
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
  3. Audit13 macrumors 601


    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  4. northernmunky macrumors 6502a


    Jan 19, 2007
    London, Taipei
    Open Terminal and type:
    diskutil list

    Report what comes up.

    To mount manually (assuming this is a HFS+ Mac formatted disk):
    Type "mkdir /Volumes/MyDisk" and replace "MyDisk" with the name of the drive that will not mount. Press the "Return" key.

    Type "sudo mount -t hfs -o rdonly /dev/disk0s1 /Volumes/MyDisk" into the window. Replace "disk0" with the drive name, replace "s1" with the device number and replace "MyDisk" with the device name. Press "Return."

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