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I have an external usb/fire wire combo i-rocks hard drive. I partitioned the drive into two folders, and now, when I turn on the hard drive and plug it in to my mac it only reads the smaller folder that I use to back up my school files, but not the one with all my music and movies! If you can help me out with this problem, I'd really appreciate it. I'm running Mac OS X Tiger 10.4.11.

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I know nothing about Mac's ,but how lucky was you to still have access to your school files .
but i suspect if you use the same program you used to partition the drive and return it back to the way it was ,you should be able to see your movies & songs. or run the program to set the folder as the active folder.

good luck
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failures, what's the reason caused this failure?
1, Setting the CMOS parameters
If you never used the USB external device, there may occur the case:
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to take power, the power supply may be not enough. Thus, almost all of the external hard drive
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to keyboard to ensure that it have provided adequate power to the external hard disk,
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supply.
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external hard disk.
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; Windows will put its 'signature' on the drive and assign it a logical drive letter :^)
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