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Make sure you haven't selected the wrong input using the input or source button on your remote control. You may have to cycle through several choice until you get to TV or Tuner or something similar. Cycle slowly, some TV's take a few seconds to render the picture one you choose a different input source.
The Hitachi XL3000 is formatted for the PC, but your Mac should recognize it. Try another cable or port. Check in Disk Utility to see if the drive appears. If it does, then you can format it for the Mac. You can do this in Disk Utility by clicking on the hard drive on the left side of the window. Then choose the Partition Tab, and change the Volume Scheme drop-down menu to 1 Partition. Then click on the Option button, choose GUID partition map, and click OK. Then choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) for the format and click Apply and OK. Your drive should then format for Mac and mount on the desktop. If it does not appear in Disk Utility after changing the cable and port, or trying another computer, then you may need to return it for replacement. I hope this helps.
Can you hear the drive spinning? Are there any unusual sounds? Have you tried other cables or another computer to see if it mounts there? If
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When this happens, usually the drive is a total loss. You can check this by connecting to a USB to hard drive dongle, and connect to a windows PC, IF it works here you may simply need to reformat back on the Apple. If it doesn't then the drive is bad.
Ejected or unmounted may be the difference. Have you added the drive? If you only power it up occasionally for back-ups you would leave it off, but for everyday use once it is added you can just leave it on and after you power down then turn it off.
Typically, RAID0 requires identical drives.(size) If you mix brands though; there may be subtle factors that cause problems. WD's 250GB might be a "251.2GB" vs. Hitachi might have a 245.44GB ..
As long as your close (in a PC) you should be fine. However, best practice would be to match the drives.
Keep in mind with enclosures: heat is the enemy. Plastic holds heat; and the next set of drives will die the same way. At TechRx, Inc. http://techrxgb.com I recommend aluminum or some type of metal for an enclosure.
You have probably posted to the wrong section so you may want to post to another but (and I am not an expert nor do I know what plasma fire is) as long as you are not subjecting the TV to excessive heat (presumed since you watch it) you should be okay.
Most consumer devices are rated to operate at 0-70 degrees Centigrade (not Fahrenheit). That means the components will operate within that ambient range without malfunctioning. Heat and plastic are a different subject.....there one would use common sense. Plasma fire....hmmm...scientifically you have a rather unique fire so I will assume its the name of some sort of product (or I am not up to date on the latest fireplace fad). FYI...a real plasma fire would melt brick.
Hope this helps....if not suggest you post to a different section. Tango.