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My iMac crashed when I hooked up a new Iomega hard drive. How can I fix that problem?

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  • roberto_xavi Jul 28, 2010

    I opened the new 1TB Hard drive. Plugged it into a power source then plugged the usb into the already powered iMac. The pinwheel started spinning and did not stop for about 5 minutes when I forced the computer to shut off by holding the power switch on the back of the screen. No icons for the new hard drive appeared during this process. I then disconnected the usb connection to the HD and repowered the computer. The gray precursor screen with the apple logo came on and froze. I shut the computer off and waited a few minutes an tried again. This time I left the computer attempting to go on overnight. Still nothing different. Finally, the next morning I restarted it and I am using it right now. Unfortunately, everything works at a considerably slower pace than before this incident. I would appreciate any advice on speeding up the computer and formatting the new HD to work with my iMac.

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Macs are exceptionally good machines, if you are still under warranty you can get free support from apple. However at times the apple machines behave very strangely and it is very hard to diagnose the exact reasons for the problem.
There is a software called Onyx; it will search for the programs that are slowing down your mac and then it will suggest you fixes and repairs for the problem. Download it here : http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/system_disk_utilities/onyx.html
Also the problem can be a fragmented hard drive in that case you can utilize the below program to defrag your apple drives.
Download it here :http://www.ehow.com/how_2091895_defrag-mac-hard-drive.html
If you can still connect your external hard drive to your iMac then http://www.kenstone.net/fcp_homepage/partitioning_tiger.html follow this link to format your drive using your mac.
If you can't connect to your external drive from your mac; and if you have access to a pc then you can use the ubuntu live cd and use the gparted software in the Ubuntu distribution to format your external drive to hfs volume.
Hope this will help you solve your problem.
Best Regards
NextDoorNerd

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