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Spinning wheel death

External HD is mounting, showing three partitions (as created) but trying to search them leaves the mouse in spinning wheel of death mode. Finder not happy. any ideas?

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    c2p1 Feb 14, 2014

    Quin, thanks for responding. The problem is def with the drive. My computer is fine and mounts and searches any other HD, the porblem is just with this one. The drive has mounted but trying to search it causes finder to freeze and present the spinning wheel of death. Any other ideas? :-)

  • quinn lintorn-terry Feb 15, 2014

    so the system does locate the hard drive but you cannot enter it for fear of system lockup? thats a new problem i have not yet encountered. try doing the usual disk error check for corruption of the drive and defrag to see if it can organise whats on the drive. if neither work/ freeze up for more than 5 minutes you may have to try reformatting the drive. or if theres badly needed info you may need to see a hard drive recovery specialist, but that comes down to how BAD that info is because recovery specialists cost massive amounts of money,



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A new computer? how old is the computer your using and how old is the external hard drive? chances are either the computers pulling every gram of memory out in an attempt to search the hard drive for what you want leaving nothing for you to do other work with. might be upgrade time if its getting on in age.

if the hard drives ageing your going to be better off turning your external drive back into an internal one if you have a tower. you should have room to mount at least 2 drives into the tower. just buy a new hard drive connector and plug it up. the older USB drives work a good bit faster directly connected to the system.

Posted on Feb 14, 2014


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This is fairly straightforward using the Windows XP tools.

IMPORTANT, copy everything you want to keep from partition F otherwise it will be deleted. Drive G will not be affected.

  • Right click 'My Computer' >'Manage' then click disk Management.
  • Right click your drive F and 'Delete Partition'.
  • You now have 210GB unused space on the drive.
  • Right click the unused space and "Create Partition".
  • Specify the size of the new partition to your requirements or create more partitions until the free space runs out.
  • You can then right click and format the new partitions. 'Quick Format' is fine unless you have been experiencing disk problems.
To swap around drive letters in Disk Management:-
  • Right click the drives and 'change drive letters', to X, Y or Z or whatever
  • Now you can change the drive letters back to F, G, H or whatever order you want them in
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Back up all the data on the disk to your Mac. Plug the disk into your Windows computer and format it with a FAT32 filesystem. Both Mac and Windows can use FAT32. Do not format as NTFS.

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Windows 2000, XP, Vista can format your drive into NTFS and it sounds as if you're already there. If you want to format in FAT32 they'll do it, but they will limit partition size.

The way I've done it is to use linux. there is a form of linux called "knoppix" which is a CD or a DVD which will boot your PC and turn it into a linux box running from the DVD drive. Linux will allow you to format your drive in about a dozen ways, so choose carefully. If you are tech savvy and adventurous, this is fun and not dangerous (providing there is not data to lose). On the other hand, if you want safety without the hand-holding, there is formatting software you can buy to do this in windows, but the modern Windows systems will not of themselves give you a massive partition in FAT32.

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I see that you have a loss partition of your External HD. It is totally damage partition.
Here's what you do Replug your External HD to another PC if it is OK. Maybe its not the same will appear on your PC too.
Unknown Partition are likely big trouble to us if we have needed files inside.
Partition on every HD, External or USB are very needed, if you lose it. Then again reformat that to use again.
Hope its not gone. Good luck!

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