WD External HDD not showing up on desktop??

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by macfr3ak, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. macfr3ak macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2009
    Hello all,
    i woke up this morning and my western digital external HDD icon is not showing up on the desktop. I currently use this as a time machine and it has been working for about a year. This has happened before and just a simple re-plug of the usb does the trick, but i have been working on this for hours and for some reason it is not showing up. I have unplugged everything and re plugged them back in and nothing is working. i have checked the disk utility and the disk utility recognizes it. but i still dont know why it doesn't have an icon. i am running a repair disk on the external HDD now and it and it has been "repairing" for about 30 min now. i have tried to backup but it is not working either.
    has this happened to anyone before? any answers?
  2. Corrado33 macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2008
    Have you tried restarting the computer? That usually does the trick for me.
  3. macfr3ak thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2009
    nope, just restarted my laptop and it still didnt show up.
  4. Corrado33 macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2008
    Are other external drives showing up such as USB jumpdrives etc?

    If not... go into finder, then go to the finder menu, then go to Prefs. then make sure "External Disks" is checked.
  5. fireshot91 macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA
    Did you try going to Disk Utility, and then mounting it?

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