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Connection Problem My Gtechnology Firewire Drive does not show up in my finder when i plug it into my macbook. It turns on and I have all the wires hooked up I just cant get it to appear on the desktop.

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Re: Connection Problem

I wonder if it is foramtted to Mac or is it ready formatted for PC Can you tell? What does the documentation say?

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The fact that you have tried all three connectors suggests that the fault lies with the drive. Either the interface board or the HD itself. If you have access
to another computer you should be able to prove it one way or another.
Over the years I have seen many external drives fail (I had two identical drives of my own fail on consecutive days one proved to be the firewire board in the box, the other was the circuit board built into the HD), and it's quite difficult to decide where the fault lies.
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