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Hardrive not mounting.

Have this partitioned into 3 parts. Only two of them will mount. The other one shows up in utilities but is grayed out. Does anyone know of a way to make this mount. What happened was the computer was not responding and force quit would not work so I resorted to hitting the power button to shut down. External drives should be ejected properly I know but I had no other choice. I have had this problem before and eventually it read the drive again (not sure what I did then other than restart several times). Can anyone help?

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Re: Hardrive not mounting.

My guess is incompatible file system formats....ex...win95 or win98 cannot see NTFS partitions. just a guess. another possiblity is that logical drive exceeds the size limit that your os can recognize and work with. Good lUck

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Help Resizing Mac hard drive with Disk Utility

Boot up your computer with using a linux live-cd/dvd manjaro fedora puppy or other technical distro to start up what will have gparted and or the kde partition manager on it that does do everything unmounted to that will allways enable all necessary things to replace or resize partitions , beware backup first always the distro in any way to be safe with the beginning to experiments. but there are several kind of tools and all open source is free , here you see a part of the kde partition manager and here is to see that will you rezise a partition that it just not must be mounted , thats the most important step to get a working menu by changing partitions that will forget. but it must first are recognized before to choose the right drive partition manager is also good usable for Microsoft or Beos and several other partition cluster arts of other unix systems.
the live dvd will work fully from out the memory of your system thats why it cost many more time for handlings. whats also be better to resize partitions is most time to delete an 3 partition system from the right the third partition (if its handling mounting active partitions to resize up to the right site its differs how to boot with a bootmanager was configured after resizing from the middle partition the find theright cluster out.resize from the left site can made bootproblems, if you not can handle

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Macbook pro os x 10.4.11 won't recognize or mount my new Hitachi xl3000

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.

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Hi, I have a Toshiba 80GB MK8037GSX 2.5" SATA in

1) have checked bios cannot see hdd mounted.

That is BAD -- the disk-drive could have "died".

2) tried a seagate hdd works fine so connections in laptop seem to be working

That shows that your motherboard is GOOD, but that your disk-drive is BAD.

3) can hear hardrive trying to do something as can hear harddrive usual noise, continous noise for about 5 sec before getting the error message

That is BAD -- the disk-drive is "dying".

4) no rattling or crackling noise from drive apart from the above

That is BAD -- none of the files can be read from your disk.

i have created a ubuntu boot up disk which allows me to access laptop but does shows error when locating hdd,

That is BAD.

once in ubuntu i can access internet but it does not show the windows partition of the harddrive, only shows ubuntu as opearing system, confused.

That is BAD. Only the CD/DVD disk has been mounted -- Ubuntu could not mount the disk-drive.

In regards to ubuntu working does this mean the hdd is ok?

No, it means that your motherboard is working.

and is there anyhting i can try via ubuntu to locate the files?

No. The disk-drive is "dead".

There exist commercial "data recovery" services that can try to repair your device, just long-enough to rescue and copy your files. For example, see: for a "no data - no charge" guarantee.

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1T external will not mount on Mac OSX. It worked fine but just stopped. Have tried other computers and cables but nothing. It is getting power. Model #MDHD10T-U2 Serial #JPA7470874

This needs to be formatted before it can be used on a Mac.
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Did you format the drive using Disk Utility? Open "disk utility" from the dock icon or applications/utilities folder. Click the drive name on the left side of the disk utility window. click the "partition" tab in the window, next click the "options" tab and select GUID Partition scheme, or any Mac compatible scheme, read each explanation of the schemes. Name and resize your partitions, click apply. This is how it works running Leopard, not positive if the same applies to Tiger. I hope this helps you

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Not sure if this is the exact same issue, but I couldn't get the drive to mount with different connections, etc. The problem turned out to be the power adapter. If you've got the same kind of adapter on another drive, switch it out and see if your drive shows up. Good luck.

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It sounds like you're on a mac. I would run Disk Utility (in your Appications>Utilities folder) select the partition, and click the "Repair Disk" button. If that doesn't work, you may have to purchase a program like "Disk Warrior" (about $100) and that should take care of the problem.

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