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My hard drive cannot be accessed although it is read when I open the disk utility application to try and repair it. I am using a mac

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It sounds as though the master slave relationship may be in conflict, or that your drive is not formatted. Note--these are all steps for a pc, but since this is hardware the same process should hold true for apple products.
Please make sure your tower is powered down before removing the cover. In order to corect a master slave problem you must make sure that the jumper pin/s on the back of the drive are configured properly according to your motherboard specifications. generally, if the hdd in question is the second device on an ide cable, then you have to arrange the jumper (connector) so that the drive is seen as a slave device by your motherboard. if that doesn't work, then both devices on the ide cable will probably have to be set to the cable select (cs) position.

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