9127 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 31, 2009 7:18 AM by shiva21
I've connected it and only it directly to the PB via FW800 and it whirs but doesn't seem to come up to power (and therefore doesn't mount).
I've also connected it directly to my PowerMac G4 via FEW 400 --- and it's the same.
It makes some weird sounds, which is why I'm thinking that the electrical current is the problem (or I'm hoping it is).
Thanks for trying to help.
P.S. the HD is about 2.5 years old and out of warranty; no help from manufacturer.
Hi again, Terry. One possibility — nobody's favorite — is that the drive has failed. Untoward noises coming from a hard drive that won't mount often indicate that.
Connect the drive, turn it on, and open System Profiler. Is the drive detected in the FireWire section? How about Disk Utility — does that see the drive? If so, is its SMART status shown, near the bottom of the DU window? If the drive's SMART status is shown as "Failing", that's a death certificate, though there's still a chance that some or all of your data can be recovered from the drive using special data recovery software.
Assuming SMART status is "Verified" or "Not Supported", can you select the drive and run DU's *Repair Disk* routine? If so, run it as many times as is necessary to get a report that the disk "appears OK". If DU reports any problems it can't fix, that's a bad sign.
If neither System Profiler nor Disk Utility can detect the disk, you may want to see whether its manufacturer will supply a replacement AC adapter for it (for a price, of course). If not, or if the price is outlandish, consider one of those "universal" AC adapters that are sold at places like Radio Shack. Take your suspect adapter along so the salesperson can see what you have to provide an equivalent for. Testing with a known-good adapter may either solve the problem or rule out a faulty adapter as its cause.
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