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The hard drive does not appear on my mac

I can hear it is spinning. But i cannot find it in my mac. I looked at the disk utility but it is not there!!

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I would check the usb connection. Try your drive in a different usb on your mac, see if that works.

Posted on Apr 26, 2010

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power cycle your Mac. Shut down and restart should work! Your desktop should show the hard drive!

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Hard disk crashed on macbook


You can tell if your hard drive for your Macbook Pro has really crashed, if you attempt to run these 3 diagnose and repair procedures and there is no response from the hard drive:

1st Procedure:

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Start up your computer in Single-User Mode to reach the command line by doing this:
•Make sure your Mac is shutdown.
• Reboot your Mac
• When Mac starts up, press the Apple Command key+ S Key
- A black screen, with white text appears
• At the command-line prompt, type /sbin/fsck -fy
• Press Return.
--fsck will run through a series of tests and will return information about your disk's use and fragmentation. When completed, it will display this message if no issue is found:

The volume (name_of_your_Mac_volume) appears to be OK

If fsck found issues and has altered, repaired, or fixed anything, it will display this message: --FILE SYSTEM WAS MODIFIED--

Important: If this message appears, repeat the fsck command you typed at the beginning, until fsck tells you that your volume appears to be OK (first-pass repairs may uncover additional issues, so this is a normal thing to do).

• When fsck reports that your volume is OK, type reboot at the prompt and then press Return.
• This last command after completing the fsck process, is going to attempt to boot your Mac to the main desktop.

If unable to reach your Desktop with the fsck procedure, go to the next step.
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Procedure # 2
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-RUN DISK UTILITY WITH STARTUP DISK-

Insert your Mac OS X Startup disk
•Reboot your Mac
•At the Apple Chime, press the C key and hold it until you see a White screen, gray Apple and eventually a Spinning gear.
• Release the C key only after you see the Spinning gear.
•Mac will boot from the startup disk to the Installer environment
• From the Installer Menu bar, click Utilities > Disk Utility and open up Disk Utility application.
• Click on on the hard drive at the top of the window in the left sidebar and
• Select "Repair Disk"
**Let Disk Utilities run this repair the disk until completion
• At the end of this process, reboot your Mac

* If you have still not gotten a successful boot to your main desktop, try this final step.
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Procedure # 3
My recommendation for this issue, is that you use the Archive and Install procedure to resolve this issue.

What this process consists of (using your Mac OS X install disc),is removing the damaged or corrupted Mac OS X directory and replacing it with a brand new directory.

This procedure also allows you to save your applications, files and folders without the old directory interferring with you then accessing those files.

-ARCHIVE AND INSTALL-

• Start up from your Mac OS X Install Disc 1 or Install DVD. Please remember to use the install disc that matches the current operating system your system haves.

Usually, you can start from the disc by putting it in your computer, restarting, and holding the C key.
• Hold the C key until you see a White screen, with a Gray Apple icon and eventually a Spinning gear.
• Release the C key only after you see the Spinning gear.

-Your mac will now boot from the disc and load into the Installer environment.

• Select your language. The Welcome to the Mac OS X Installer window appears.
• Click Continue. The Important Information window appears.
• Follow the prompts until you get to the licensing agreement screen
• An agreement sheet appears. If you agree with
the license agreement, click Agree. Then Select a
Destination window appears.
• Click the volume that you wish to install to (your primary hard drive).
• Click Options. The installation options sheet appears.
• Select Archive and Install.
• Select the volume which already has Mac OS X installed.
• You should also select Preserve Users and Network Settings, to preserve network and Home directory settings.

• Click OK.
• Click Continue to begin the installation.
• Once the Archive and Install is completed, when you reach your desktop be sure to run all Software updates to bring your new Mac OS X directory back
up to current.

Also, if you look inside your Macintosh HD icon on your Desktop, look for a folder entitled "Previous System Folder" which will have all of your previous Home folder files prior to the Archive and Install.

Here is the link (below) from Apple for more information about how to locate the Previous System Folder

How to locate Previous System Folder (after Archive and Install)
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If there is still no responsiveness of the hard drive after this last procedure, your best option would be to take your Macbook Pro in for repair or replacement of the hard drive, to your local Apple retail store Genius bar or local Apple authorized service center.

Best Regards,

-Mactechtrainer



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My Seagate External Hard Drive is playing up. I


Re-initialize and re-partition the hard drive.
Select "Zero all data" option if "Invalid node structure" or "Keys Out of Order" error is detected.

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I am not a tech guy so i hope this makes sense. i


Take your Mac OS disk (leopard or tiger, etc) and restart your mac with the disk in the drive. As soon as you hear the famous mac chime, press and hold the C key until it launches the OS on your Mac OS disk you inserted.
Once you get to the install screen, DON'T INSTALL OR DEINSTALL. Rather look at the top menu and launch the disk utilities application that you'll find in the list in the menu. Run a verify and repair disk, and then repair the permission as well.
Then do a restart. You should be back up.

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Maxtor OneTouch III Mini not appearing on MacBook Pro


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If your Maxtor appears in Disk Utility but the disk volume is not displayed, it's possible that the partition on the disk has been deleted for some reason. If that's the case, you will have to use a disk partitioning utility to create a new partition and then format the hard drive.
Best wishes,
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Won't turn on.


Hello, sorry to hear your having problems,
Well, technically, your mac is turning on but won't boot up properly.
Is this something that suddenly happened after a crash or some other event that caused your mac to shut down?
Did you install or remouve a hard drive or CD/DVD device ?
Do you have a CD or a DVD installed ?
whatever the cause, you will need to find your original MacOS CD's to fix this.
Insert the disk that is called installation disk 1 and then force the mac to shutdown by holding dow the power on key for a little longer than 5 seconds. Now, turn the Mac on and press and HOLD the ( C ) key on the keyboard. This will force the Mac to boot from your CD.
If the Mac boots properly on the CD, Say OK to the first few questions then go into the menu bar and select the disk utilities ..
In Disk Utilities, you should see your internal disk appear on the left hand side ready to be repaired, perform a repair disk on it as well as a repair permissions if possible... DON'T ERASE OR INITIALISE OR PARTITION, you will lose everything.
If it is a New hard Drive, simply partition it and install MacOS from the CD and you're off to the races..
If the Drive does not appear in Disk Utilities, it would appear that the drive is KAPUT.
Does it make any strange noise ? If so, sorry, it's dead.

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Ibook g4 freez


Freezing is a HD problem. Do you hear clicking sometimes? Sometimes on boot up is there a foler with a questionmark in it? I would get your hard drive looked at, this is the reason disc utility fails. Your hard drive has a hiccup.

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Apple iBook Mac g4 Notebook hd doesn't appear


You have a hard drive issue, this is why it freezes. DO you hear clicking sometimes in the laptop? I would get your hard drive looked at by a tech.

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80 gb hard drive from apple pro book does not work


Try using Disk Utility to mount the drive. This can be found in the Utilities folder within the main applications folder. Launch Disk utility and see if the drive comes up in the list of drives down the left hand side. I presume that the hard drive in the enclosure is spinning. You can normally hear it, and feel a constant light vibration.

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My glyph is not seen on my mac


If the drive is connected via firewire, power the drive. If the drive powers and you can place your hand on it and feel it "spinning", and still it does not mount. Try a different FW cable. If still no mounting action, place your ear on the drive to hear any grinding or clicking. If the drive sounds to be operating normal, open disk utility.. Hard drive/Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility The drive should appear in the left pane under your computers hard drive. You should see the button to MOUNT it on the top right. Hope this works

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