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Maxtor one touch III mini

I plug it into my mac book and nothing happens

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  • Shelly Page Dec 05, 2007

    Portable External Hard Drive will not mount on Macintosh OSX. Does not Show up in Disk utility or System Profiler. However the light on the hard drive does come on when connected. It worked fine for a while and now nothing. I have tried changing the USB Plug and changing USB slots and other computers as well. At wit's end!

  • gmoriarty May 22, 2008

    Had the same problem. It worked for a while on the Mac, then nothing.
    I plugged it into 2 different Windows PCs and it shows up as an unintialized disc okay.



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Here's a couple of things to try.

First try plugging it into a different computer and see if you get anything.

If you still don't get anything try a different USB cable.

If it's still a no-go after replacing the cable try a different USB Laptop enclosure that you can pickup at your local electronics store. I'm betting it is the enclosuring because you are saying nothing is happening. If the hard drive was bad the computer should still detect the enclosure but not the hard drive.

Good Luck!

Posted on Nov 16, 2007


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