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Blue power light is flashing red and the hard drive won't mount

Hi there FYI- this site was one of the first to pop up when I started to search the web on this problem. I've never participated in a forum before so this is a bit new for me. Anyway, I was editing some video last night and all was well with the render/project files being saved to the external hard drive. After having shut down the G5 (PowerMac) at the end of the night, I forgot to power down the external drive, so it was left on all night (late night - no brains left). This morning after starting up the Mac, I noticed the external drive hadn't mounted on the desktop. I took a look and discovered that the blue power light was flashing red (intermittently between red and blue). I turned it off, removed the power supply and firewire plug, then reconnected them and turned it back on - the power light is still flashing red. We noticed that the fridge had reset itself overnight so I'm wondering if a power surge or temporary power failure may have caused this. We have a surge protector for our computer equipment. Any thoughts on what may have happened and what I can do next? Many thanks for this site and to anyone who responds - I hope I can be of help to someone else in the future.

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Re: Blue power light is flashing red and the hard drive...

Hi Vieve, The manual says nothing about flashing red and blue nor could I find anything of any real substance. Basically this thing is a box containing an IDE hard drive and some electronics that interfaces the drive with firewire, power distribution and a few other odds and ends. I suspect the board that contains the electronics may be damaged, however, its entirely possible that this may be some undocumented error that can be reset. I would try calling the vendors tech support, it?s at least worth a shot. If getting your data off is the concern it might be worth your time to buy another enclosure, install your drive and plug it into your Mac. There is a good chance your data is recoverable. Sorry I couldn?t get you a more definitive answer.

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