I have used the new drive for a month. Its half full 250 gigs of media for a film Im cutting. Mac G4 . The icon no longer appears on the desk top. I have tried leaving it overnight.
Still no joy . have checked fire wire cables and swopped the outgoing and in going firewire ports on the external drive and the computer to check cacles etc.
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It could be formatted in a different manner. See if it is detected by your mac. Go to Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility and see if your hard drive is shown there. If it is, then the formatting of your hard drive is not compatible and you will need to reformat to be able to use it on a mac.
You can drag and drop your files on to an external hard drive or USB flash drive, burn the files to CD/DVD using an application called toast - you will need a CD/DVD writer to do that. If you can find one, you can save your files to a zip disk.
Computer technology moves swiftly and your aging G4 is a casualty in that movement. I suggest purchasing an external hard drive and move your audio files and your video fines to the new drive. Another option is to purchase a larger internal drive for your G4 but the disadvantage it going this route will not be easily transfered to a new computer in the future. The external will give you the freedom to move it from machine to machine.
OK Sounds like a system error. The only way round this is usually to start up from your original OS disk.
You have quite an old mac (relatively speaking) and sounds like you are running OS 10.4?
Try starting up from the disk. You should then be able to see your drive. If you can see the hard drive you might back up important files now (if you can connect a external hard drive) The first thing is to try and repair the OS on your drive with the apple disk utility on the disk. You'll find that in the drop down menu. If it cannot repair you will have to re-install the OS. Archive the old system and install a new one. A clean install is usually better. Then get all the updates.
With your machine you will be limited as to what OS you can put on it.
Simplest solution: back up the data on the drive and repartition it (which will wipe it). Otherwise it sounds like it could be a problem with the file tree or structure of the drive, the configuration files could be corrupt, some program could have stored temporary files in a hidden place that cannot be deleted without making the program delete them, etc. If you are on a mac, spotlight Disk Utility and use it to repartition. If you are on a PC use the search thing from the start menu and find a program called disk management (or something similar to that, you'll know it when you see it.) external drives are annoying. i kick mine into the wall periodically for good measure.
It sounds as if the enclosure has failed. IF THE DRIVE IS GETTING POWER, but not making strange noises, you may just need to extract the drive from the enclosure. Keep your fingers crossed. If the drive has been affected, data recovery may be the solution. Good luck.
sounds like hd is getting hot via firewire try and use the usb lead if same problem then get your files off quick and repace drive any thing above 80 gig will get hot in use that's why I use harddrive coolers on my large 300gig 400gig internal and only use my 250 gigs and 160 gig only when i need the files off they are turned off all time