6 Replies Latest reply: Dec 25, 2009 3:34 PM by Pondini
selfclark Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
My external hard drive is not showing up in Finder.

It shows up in Disc Utility, but I do not have access to it. I have tried the following:

command-shift c, nothing happens
confirmed in Preferences/General that external hard drive was checked
tried another cable
tried another port on the back of the external drive
tried to connect through the USB port
re-started, etc.

MacBook Pro 15in, Mac OS X (10.5.8), iPhone
  • Lyssa Level 6 Level 6 (17,520 points)
    How does it show up in Disk Utility?

    What was happening before this issue? Did you update any software, install any new items, use the drive with another computer?

    ~Lyssa
  • zone-5 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have same problem after installing OS 10.5.8. Disk utility sees the hard drive, the computer does not. Disk utility says invalid node structure. Volume check failed. Filesystem verify or repair failed.

    I have not been able to figure out how to start a new topic here, but did find this discussion, which fits me fairly close.

    What do i do now?
  • zone-5 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Oh, this drive worked perfectly fine with older OS, dang it.
  • Cryptcll Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    external hard drives and iPod shuffles do not show up in finder devices or on desktop. I am running 10.5.8.

    drive genius2 does not finds those devices/volumes either.

    I do not know when this started happening, it could be related to 10.5.8 install but not sure.
  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,720 points)
    zone-5 wrote:
    I have same problem after installing OS 10.5.8. Disk utility sees the hard drive, the computer does not. Disk utility says invalid node structure. Volume check failed. Filesystem verify or repair failed.


    That means the directory is corrupt. If you have a heavy-duty 3rd-party disk repair app, such as +Disk Warrior,+ it may be able to fix it. Otherwise, your only option is to erase and reformat the disk. They're not cheap -- Disk Warrior is about $100. And for Leopard, you need version 4.1.1 or 4.2.

    I have not been able to figure out how to start a new topic here, but did find this discussion, which fits me fairly close.


    Just above the list of topics, on the left, is a +Post New Topic+ option.
  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,720 points)
    Hi, and welcome to the forums.

    I don't know about iPods, but for external disks, via the Finder's menubar, select +Finder > Preferences > General,+ and/or +Finder > Preferences > Sidebar,+ then check the box for +External Disks.+ If it's already checked, remove the check and put it back.

    If that doesn't help, try the Disk Utility app, in your Applications/Utilities folder.

    If the disk appears there, but not on your desktop or Finder sidebar, see Kappy's formatting instructions here: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=10749422&#10749422