Currently Being ModeratedApr 5, 2013 11:46 AM (in response to Stephen Hill2)
Could be many things, we should start with this...
"Try Disk Utility
1. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc, then restart the computer while holding the C key.
2. When your computer finishes starting up from the disc, choose Disk Utility from the Installer menu at top of the screen. (In Mac OS X 10.4 or later, you must select your language first.)
*Important: Do not click Continue in the first screen of the Installer. If you do, you must restart from the disc again to access Disk Utility.*
3. Click the First Aid tab.
4. Select your Mac OS X volume.
5. Click Repair Disk, (not Repair Permissions). Disk Utility checks and repairs the disk."
Then try a Safe Boot, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions, reboot when it completes.
(Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive.)
If perchance you can't find your install Disc, at least try it from the Safe Boot part onward.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 5, 2013 3:15 PM (in response to Stephen Hill2)
Does the offending external get power only from the computer's USB port or does it have a separate power supply that powers it? The first, called "bus-powered" drives, can become troublesome as they get older and need more power to turn the motor.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 6, 2013 9:22 AM (in response to BDAqua)
I followed your insructions, and thank you for them, however When it came to selecting the offending HD it was not available as a selection. So I rebooted from OS10.5.8 to OS10,3.9 but the HD was not there, unlike other times.
I tried Safe Boot, but no luck - It would seem that my HD has gone.
I suppose that AppleWorks must be on that disc and thatr is why the icons are empty.?
In order to rescue all my AppleWorks docs if I reinstall the app will that get me back my docs?
I have three external HDs and this one was the 160GB one, so there is a lot on it but not as much as on the other two. -300GB and !TB. I was hopinAquag to bundle the OS 10.3.9 docs onthe 160GB over onto my 1T but it's too late for that now - pity.
When there is a endless Beachball is there a key combo that will shut down the computer, 'cos I supect my pulling the plug on the Beachball has done the damage.
I cannot remember how I got AppleWorks, is it a standalone app, or is it bundled with iLife?
Thanks for your help Aqua
Currently Being ModeratedApr 6, 2013 1:27 PM (in response to Stephen Hill2)
It does sound like the drive is shot, might be some recovery SW that'll work, not sure.
As far as stopping when it Beachballs, not much you can do other than killing the power. And I think the damage was before killing the power, as well as the cause of the BB.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 7, 2013 7:23 AM (in response to BDAqua)
Don't understand - 'Might be some recovery SW that'll work' is there a recoveruy app that I can use?
Can I still get AppleWorks6, so that I can hopefully recover the AW6 docs that I have? I've found AppleWorks Updater but not AppleWorks
Currently Being ModeratedApr 7, 2013 11:28 AM (in response to Stephen Hill2)
Possibly an older version of Data Rescue...
As far as AW...
Currently Being ModeratedApr 7, 2013 3:14 PM (in response to BDAqua)
As I like AW, I looked around on line and found it and bought it.
In the meantime I shall try Data Resue.
Although I don;t understnd the Conversion you offer I shall bear it in mind and come back to you if all else fails.
As a lot of my files are genealogy related I would like to rescue them, so I may be back for 'Conversion'
Thank you very much for your assitance and I shall be back to let you know the outcomes