4755 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 16, 2010 3:26 PM by D.rock
USB and FireWire Quick Assist
What to do if your computer won't recognize a FireWire device
Dealing with FireWire problems (drives not mounting, devices unrecognized, etc.)
You should find your answer in Tom's links. As a quick check, confirm that the drive is still plugged into it's power source. This past weekend, I found myself in the exact situation you describe: LaCie HD suddenly gone from Desktop, eMac recognizing Firewire ports, but nothing (including Disk Utility) able to see the drive or it's partitions. The LaCie drive light lit up with the eMac, too. Turned out the surge protector into which the drive is plugged was turned off. Flip the switch back on, and the drive partitions came right back.
(There was an opening directly over the outlet's power switch in the tangle of cables behind the eMac desk, said opening being just the right size for a prowling cat to stick a paw. More anecdotal evidence that all computer troubleshooting lists should include the step "check what the cat did this time" )
Thanks guys. I tried a bunch of plugging/replugging before I posted. I was prepared for a more intense plugging/replugging/jack cleaning session when I got home (and maybe a little hot cache action as per the links) but my technologically illiterate wife turned on the computer this morning while I was at work..... and the darn drive just worked like nothing ever happened. So I'll back up my data and hope it keeps on keeping on.
BUT it's not over. This leads me to another iTunes question, if y'all wanna follow this amazing adventure to the end. I shall write my new, question and post a link.