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Maxtor Portable 320 GB External Hard drive doesn't show on my Mac

I have a small Maxtor Portable hard drive that I have plugged into my computer. The light goes on and it seems to be working, but nothing shows up on my desktop or in the Apple Disk Utility. I've switched it over to the PC version on my mac and it doesn't seem to show up in My Computer either. Any advice would be appreciated!

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  • annabbolton Jan 18, 2009

    I have a 250GB Maxtor External Hardrive and have plugged it all in but nothing happens and their is no instruction booklet...

    Anyone have any suggestions??

    CHeers


  • garv_sk9 Feb 03, 2009

    these drives seem to have a faulty controller! when i plug-in my maxtor basics 250 GB portable drive. the light glows on and a "click" sound comes!! and that's it!!
    after 20-25 tries of plugging in and out...the drive is recognised!!
    i tried it on another system! it performed better there! but still the hit was 1 out of 5 than 1 out of 25 in my case!
    maybe just because my computer is older or smthing! but for sure this is not what i expected from seagate!

    if there is a feasible solution...please someone reply!

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If you can get a 3rd party disk utility like DiskWarrior because if the disc information has corrupted the computer cannot see it, the utility will re write this and if the drive is OK it will re appear

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    Chris Edwards Oct 03, 2009

    Try a 3rd party disc utility like DiskWarrior I had this and the file catalog was corrupted. First you could look in the system profiller and see if it is on the bus(either usb or firewire depending) quick way to profiler is click the apple icon top left and the "about this mac' window appears, click"more info" on the bottom of this window and the profiller will appear,

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