I have just bought a Maxtor mini 4 HD and want to connect it to my Apple Mac book. There are two cables marked "Power" and "Data & Power" It says to connect the Data & Power first followed by the Power and finally the other end to the mini 4. The Macbook only has two USB sockets both with the same logo. Do I have to use both of these and if so, which one first?
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If the start up sound plays and the hard drive sounds normal try connecting the computer to an external monitor. If the external monitor shows the desktop just fine then the cable connecting the laptop to its screen is probably going bad.
If the computer will not boot at all try zapping the PRAM by
Pressing the power button and then command-option-p-r before the gray screen comes up.
Hold those keys down until you hear the startup chime.
Let go of the keys and let the Mac reboot.
If that doesn't work try booting from an install disk and run a repair utility.
Hi, it means the machine can`t find the OS to load. So it means you`re more likely having an issue with your hard drive. To determine that, follow these instructions: http://support.apple.com/kb/ts1440 and then post how it goes.
Sorry for your issue. I hope that I can help. This icon means that your Hard drive is either unreadable to it cannot find the startup information on the drive. Either way, there is a good chance that you cannot recover your data. If this Mac is still under warranty, immediately take it back to the apple store (even if you bought it online) and they will fix it immediately and try to recover your data. You can make a service appointment here: http://www.apple.com/retail/geniusbar/
If this is out of warranty, here are the things you can try at home to solve this issue.
1) You'll want to restart the mac to be sure that this isnt a one time occurrence. 2) Start up with your system DVD (or CD) disc that came with your
Macbook, then use Disc Utility to check the hard drive. Disc Utility
will verify that the HD is unreadable. 3) Purchase one of the available data recovery programs out there (google and chose one that suits you. If you have backed up your data, skip this step. If disk utility shows the HD as unreadable but you have a backup, then either take to apple for a replacement HDD or purchase from a retailer and install yourself. Here is a guide for the macbook HDD install. Not a very difficult fix. http://www.macinstruct.com/node/130
The flashing folder icon is telling you that your Mac cannot locate a working operating system to startup.
You may be having a software problem that is keeping your Mac from recognizing your operating system, or a hardware problem that is keeping your Mac from connecting to your hard drive (where the operating system lives).
Since you don't have access to a CD/DVD of the Mac operating system, ff you have an external hard drive with a working operating system on it, try connecting it to your Mac with FireWire and startup the computer holding down these keys: Command (Apple) +option+shift+delete. This will force the Mac to attempt to startup from the external drive.
If none of these things work, we would be glad to help at TechRestore. You can use coupon code "TWEET" for $10 off any drive replacement service. We offer free shipping options and local pickup in your neighborhood. http://techrestore.com
Hope this helps!
This is one of those questions that's virtually impossible to answer, it could be anything.
Your best option is to take to a mac specialist (the dealer where you bought it) or to an Apple Store if you have one near by.
It may not need a new hard drive, it may just be corrupted and need sorting out. On the other hand it could have failed mechanically and will need to be replaced - check your warranty. There have been a number of reports of HDs failing in some models and Apple have replaced them free of charge as there was a manufacturing fault at the HD factory that didn't come to light until the drives had been running for about a year.
You have been using Time Machine to back up your work haven't you?
Connect the 2 with a firewire cable. Reboot the Mac you want to read from & hold the T key down while it boots up. A large firewire symbol shows on the screen indicating FireWire Target Mode. The other Mac should be showing up as a firewire drive on the other Mac.