Re: dropped firelite: still spins but is not recognized
Ok same situation happened to me i dropped my Firelite 80Gig, drive would spin no light and the computer would not recognize the drive. All I did was open the case an saw the the internal hardrive had come loose from its pin connection. So all i did was pushed it back in and BAM now it works, hope this helps other people. Thanks C.J.
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It could be incorrectly formatted, if so you can reformat by using another computer that recognizes it or you may be able to find it on your laptop through a formatting tool. The formatting tool built into OSX is called "disk utility".
There's a fault inside. If you're lucky the fault is in the connector plate so removing the disk and putting it in a pc will allow you full access to the data. If when you do that the disk is still not recognized , or worse, it messes your pc, then the disk is dead and the data is lost.
If your Firelite SmartDisk was formatted for a PC, and you are using the Mac side of the G4 it won't. They use a different format scheme. Need to load Parallel, bootcamp, or another virtual PC program, and then Windows. Using that it will recognize it.
If you know another Mac user that is using both sides (Mac and Virtual PC) is a quick way to retrieve data to move it. Be careful reformatting the FireLite. There are some more complex ways. Hope that this helps.
PS: I use a 160GB FireLite on my G4, MacBook Pro as well as my Tower and notebook PCs.