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I have a 1 TB external hard drive connected to my MacBook Pro through a USB port. I can see the drive in System Profiler and Disk Utility, but it is not mounting and showing up on the desktop. I tried it on my PC and it is showing up fine.

So, what do I do? Is Disk Warrior useful in this case? I didn't want to drop $100 on it if it wasn't (and I missed their Tech Support closing by ten minutes.)



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It shows up in Disk Utility, but you can't Mount it with Disk Utility?

Can you verify it with Disk Utility?

Have you, uh, rebooted the Mac? One never knows...



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    Originally posted by CRZ
    It shows up in Disk Utility, but you can't Mount it with Disk Utility?

    Can you verify it with Disk Utility?


Yes.

    Originally posted by CRZ
    Have you, uh, rebooted the Mac? One never knows...


Yes. And I zapped the PRAM, too, to no avail. It is very odd.



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I thought Macs "Just Worked".

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This might be something simple, as it looks like the drive is mounting, it's just not "noticeably" mounting. You may want to check some settings. From the pull down menu across the top of the screen:

Finder -> Preferences -> Sidebar

Should look something like this.

There show be a list of items under Show these items in the sidebar. Is there check mark next to External disks?

Under Finder -> Preferences

Under Show these items on the Desktop

Again, there should be a check mark next to External disks (assuming you want it on the Desktop - I prefer not to have too many things on my Desktop, but that's my preference).

Especially on shared systems, these settings can be accidentally changed. It's not common, but, as someone who manages a network with plenty of Mac users, it has happened.




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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    I thought Macs "Just Worked".


It a 5-year old Mac. This is like my first semi-serious issue with it and it is probably an easy fix. If I had a nickel for every time my office had to call in IT for their PCs, I would have a hell of a lot of nickels.

    Originally posted by Leroy
    This might be something simple, as it looks like the drive is mounting, it's just not "noticeably" mounting.


I tried all that. It's not that. Plus, I have another external hard drive that is connected through a firewire cable that shows up, so I know it isn't preference I switched off.



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    Originally posted by JayJayDean


    I tried all that. It's not that. Plus, I have another external hard drive that is connected through a firewire cable that shows up, so I know it isn't preference I switched off.


This sounds a lot like this (Firewire drive works, USB doesn't - it was a permissions issue).

You could try running "Check Permissions" in Disk Utility. You might have to work in the terminal to solve it, though. (Sorry, I'm being quick do to intermittent internet access due to a lightening storm.)

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    Originally posted by Leroy
    You could try running "Check Permissions" in Disk Utility. You might have to work in the terminal to solve it, though.


In Disk Utility it won't let me check permissions on that drive. It sees the drive, and it will verify it, but the permissions buttons are grayed out.



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Can you open Utilities/Terminal and run "ls -l /Volumes" (without the quotes) and post the results (with both the Firewire drive and the USB drive plugged in)?

Assuming you don't have anything in the DVD/CD drive, you should have three lines that look something like this (I only have two lines because I only have one external drive plugged in at the moment):

drwxrwxr-x 12 leroy leroy 476 Oct 11 21:03 DOMHD
lrwxr-xr-x 1 root admin 1 Oct 15 18:14 Macintosh HD -> /

This will, at least, tell us if the OS is seeing the drive beyond the Disk Utility, as well as the permissions.

Oh, and can I assume it's a G4 and running 10.4.x (just in case that's an issue)?
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It's a MacBook Pro running 10.4.11. I certainly got an unexpected result.

    Originally posted by by my weirdo Mac
    total 8
    drwxr-xr-x 14 jason jason 578 Oct 1 10:36 Fantom
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Nov 18 2009 G FORCE
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Dec 14 2009 G FORCE 1
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Apr 22 15:58 G FORCE 10
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Apr 28 09:53 G FORCE 11
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Apr 28 14:33 G FORCE 12
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Apr 29 20:01 G FORCE 13
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Apr 30 10:26 G FORCE 14
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 May 19 17:54 G FORCE 15
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 May 26 13:54 G FORCE 16
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 May 27 10:06 G FORCE 17
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 May 28 08:37 G FORCE 18
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 May 29 08:30 G FORCE 19
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Dec 31 2009 G FORCE 2
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 May 30 10:16 G FORCE 20
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 2 07:01 G FORCE 21
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 2 12:41 G FORCE 22
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 4 16:10 G FORCE 23
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 8 07:04 G FORCE 24
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 8 11:51 G FORCE 25
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 8 14:30 G FORCE 26
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 9 10:00 G FORCE 27
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 9 14:25 G FORCE 28
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 11 10:56 G FORCE 29
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jan 26 2010 G FORCE 3
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 16 08:01 G FORCE 30
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 16 12:19 G FORCE 31
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 16 13:44 G FORCE 32
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 16 15:26 G FORCE 33
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 17 08:55 G FORCE 34
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 21 08:15 G FORCE 35
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 25 07:34 G FORCE 36
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 25 10:16 G FORCE 37
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 25 11:30 G FORCE 38
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 30 19:59 G FORCE 39
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Feb 4 2010 G FORCE 4
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jul 1 14:09 G FORCE 40
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jul 1 21:32 G FORCE 41
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jul 10 22:56 G FORCE 42
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jul 12 11:20 G FORCE 43
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jul 12 11:49 G FORCE 44
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jul 14 22:54 G FORCE 45
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jul 21 10:22 G FORCE 46
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jul 21 11:17 G FORCE 47
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jul 21 11:26 G FORCE 48
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jul 22 09:32 G FORCE 49
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Mar 10 2010 G FORCE 5
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jul 22 11:21 G FORCE 50
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jul 29 18:22 G FORCE 51
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 2 09:40 G FORCE 52
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 2 10:16 G FORCE 53
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 6 12:31 G FORCE 54
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 10 08:17 G FORCE 55
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 10 11:06 G FORCE 56
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 11 07:37 G FORCE 57
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 11 14:03 G FORCE 58
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 12 14:43 G FORCE 59
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Mar 16 2010 G FORCE 6
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 13 13:16 G FORCE 60
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 18 07:40 G FORCE 61
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 18 10:27 G FORCE 62
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 19 11:11 G FORCE 63
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 19 12:34 G FORCE 64
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 23 12:08 G FORCE 65
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 23 15:20 G FORCE 66
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 23 19:09 G FORCE 67
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 24 10:11 G FORCE 68
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 24 11:28 G FORCE 69
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Mar 24 2010 G FORCE 7
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 26 09:36 G FORCE 70
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 29 10:10 G FORCE 71
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 31 07:14 G FORCE 72
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 31 19:55 G FORCE 73
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 1 11:31 G FORCE 74
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 5 11:29 G FORCE 75
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 10 11:04 G FORCE 76
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 15 16:26 G FORCE 77
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 16 06:24 G FORCE 78
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 17 09:49 G FORCE 79
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Apr 8 2010 G FORCE 8
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 17 14:34 G FORCE 80
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 17 14:47 G FORCE 81
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 17 15:42 G FORCE 82
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 17 16:51 G FORCE 83
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 18 10:15 G FORCE 84
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 18 16:45 G FORCE 85
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 19 08:11 G FORCE 86
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 20 09:50 G FORCE 87
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 20 10:33 G FORCE 88
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 27 14:02 G FORCE 89
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Apr 12 2010 G FORCE 9
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 30 20:00 G FORCE 90
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Oct 5 10:58 G FORCE 91
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Oct 6 15:55 G FORCE 92
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Oct 6 16:06 G FORCE 93
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Oct 6 16:31 G FORCE 94
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Oct 8 13:49 G FORCE 95
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Oct 14 09:21 G FORCE 96
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Oct 15 15:32 G FORCE 97
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Oct 16 14:06 G FORCE 98
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Oct 18 13:21 G FORCE 99
    lrwxr-xr-x 1 root admin 1 Oct 18 20:14 Macintosh HD -> /
    drwxr-xr-x 3 jason admin 102 Jul 2 10:43 NAVSEABanner
    jason-s-computer:~ jason$


"Fantom" is the hard drive connected via Firewire cable. "G FORCE" is the one connected by USB. There is only one "G FORCE", so I don't know what all of those lines are about, but hopefully they give you the answer.



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Oh, boy. So I'm almost wondering if something is up with your USB connection - either a driver (ehh) or a physical issue (more likely). I'm assuming that you have the same problem regardless of the port (MBP should have more than one USB port)?

So you have a flash drive or some other USB drive you could try and if we get a similar result? (Preferable a larger flash drive.)

And just for giggles, what's the output of df -h (in Terminal) with the USB drive plugged in?

(If you want to take any of this to PM or email, that's fine with me.)


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    Originally posted by JayJayDean
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Nov 18 2009 G FORCE
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Dec 14 2009 G FORCE 1
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Dec 31 2009 G FORCE 2
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jan 26 2010 G FORCE 3
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Feb 4 2010 G FORCE 4
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Mar 10 2010 G FORCE 5
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Mar 16 2010 G FORCE 6
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Mar 24 2010 G FORCE 7
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Apr 8 2010 G FORCE 8
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Apr 12 2010 G FORCE 9
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Apr 22 15:58 G FORCE 10
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Apr 28 09:53 G FORCE 11
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Apr 28 14:33 G FORCE 12
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Apr 29 20:01 G FORCE 13
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Apr 30 10:26 G FORCE 14
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 May 19 17:54 G FORCE 15
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 May 26 13:54 G FORCE 16
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 May 27 10:06 G FORCE 17
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 May 28 08:37 G FORCE 18
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 May 29 08:30 G FORCE 19
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 May 30 10:16 G FORCE 20
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 2 07:01 G FORCE 21
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 2 12:41 G FORCE 22
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 4 16:10 G FORCE 23
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 8 07:04 G FORCE 24
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 8 11:51 G FORCE 25
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 8 14:30 G FORCE 26
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 9 10:00 G FORCE 27
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 9 14:25 G FORCE 28
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 11 10:56 G FORCE 29
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 16 08:01 G FORCE 30
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 16 12:19 G FORCE 31
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 16 13:44 G FORCE 32
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 16 15:26 G FORCE 33
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 17 08:55 G FORCE 34
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 21 08:15 G FORCE 35
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 25 07:34 G FORCE 36
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 25 10:16 G FORCE 37
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 25 11:30 G FORCE 38
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jun 30 19:59 G FORCE 39
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jul 1 14:09 G FORCE 40
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jul 1 21:32 G FORCE 41
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jul 10 22:56 G FORCE 42
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jul 12 11:20 G FORCE 43
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jul 12 11:49 G FORCE 44
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jul 14 22:54 G FORCE 45
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jul 21 10:22 G FORCE 46
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jul 21 11:17 G FORCE 47
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jul 21 11:26 G FORCE 48
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jul 22 09:32 G FORCE 49
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jul 22 11:21 G FORCE 50
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Jul 29 18:22 G FORCE 51
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 2 09:40 G FORCE 52
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 2 10:16 G FORCE 53
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 6 12:31 G FORCE 54
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 10 08:17 G FORCE 55
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 10 11:06 G FORCE 56
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 11 07:37 G FORCE 57
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 11 14:03 G FORCE 58
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 12 14:43 G FORCE 59
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 13 13:16 G FORCE 60
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 18 07:40 G FORCE 61
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 18 10:27 G FORCE 62
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 19 11:11 G FORCE 63
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 19 12:34 G FORCE 64
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 23 12:08 G FORCE 65
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 23 15:20 G FORCE 66
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 23 19:09 G FORCE 67
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 24 10:11 G FORCE 68
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 24 11:28 G FORCE 69
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 26 09:36 G FORCE 70
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 29 10:10 G FORCE 71
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 31 07:14 G FORCE 72
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Aug 31 19:55 G FORCE 73
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 1 11:31 G FORCE 74
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 5 11:29 G FORCE 75
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 10 11:04 G FORCE 76
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 15 16:26 G FORCE 77
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 16 06:24 G FORCE 78
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 17 09:49 G FORCE 79
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 17 14:34 G FORCE 80
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 17 14:47 G FORCE 81
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 17 15:42 G FORCE 82
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 17 16:51 G FORCE 83
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 18 10:15 G FORCE 84
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 18 16:45 G FORCE 85
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 19 08:11 G FORCE 86
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 20 09:50 G FORCE 87
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 20 10:33 G FORCE 88
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 27 14:02 G FORCE 89
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Sep 30 20:00 G FORCE 90
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Oct 5 10:58 G FORCE 91
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Oct 6 15:55 G FORCE 92
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Oct 6 16:06 G FORCE 93
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Oct 6 16:31 G FORCE 94
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Oct 8 13:49 G FORCE 95
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Oct 14 09:21 G FORCE 96
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Oct 15 15:32 G FORCE 97
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Oct 16 14:06 G FORCE 98
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Oct 18 13:21 G FORCE 99

Crazy - every time it (re)mounts, it creates a brand new mount point and those old ones have never disappeared since...well, first mount is dated 11/2009. Hey, look, last time it worked was earlier this afternoon.

(Like, normally it would wants to create and use a mount point at /Volumes/G FORCE, except that when that path already existed, it mounted on /Volumes/G FORCE 1 - and then, next time, because /Volumes/G FORCE 1 existed, it would have to mount on /Volumes/G FORCE 2, and so on and so on until you must have hit a limit at 99?). ANYWAY. You've used up 100 mount points and it doesn't know how to go any further? I didn't know this about MacOS. :) (Of course, I've never seen more than a "2" at the end of MY mount points, either...)

SO: I would suggest you rename/move/delete all those "G FORCE" directories (`rmdir` 'em if they're empty is my suggestion), and it'll magically show up next time you attach it. Like Leroy says, `df -h` should show you the mount point.

EDIT: If all that makes you really uncomfortable, an alternate way to get around all these mount points would be to change the name of the drive - so you could mount the drive on some other Mac, rename it from "G FORCE" to something else, and it'll probably mount just fine on your original Mac. (If I knew how to rename a drive on a PC I could tell you to do that, but I have no idea how that works when Windows is busy assigning it a letter and all that - but maybe you do?)

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    Originally posted by Leroy
    Oh, boy. So I'm almost wondering if something is up with your USB connection - either a driver (ehh) or a physical issue (more likely). I'm assuming that you have the same problem regardless of the port (MBP should have more than one USB port)?


The drive refuses to mount in any USB port. I plugged in my iPhone to the same USB port and it connected fine.

So, I did "df -h" and got this.


    Filesystem Size Used Avail Capacity Mounted on
    /dev/disk0s2 111G 92G 19G 83% /
    devfs 103K 103K 0B 100% /dev
    fdesc 1.0K 1.0K 0B 100% /dev
    512K 512K 0B 100% /.vol
    automount -nsl [152] 0B 0B 0B 100% /Network
    automount -fstab [156] 0B 0B 0B 100% /automount/Servers
    automount -static [156] 0B 0B 0B 100% /automount/static
    /dev/disk1s10 233G 84G 149G 36% /Volumes/Fantom


And I tried "rmdir /Volumes/G FORCE 98" and I got a bunch of "No such file or directory" feedback, but I'm probably keying it in wrong. I can't seem to rename the drive using Disk Utility.




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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.60
Is the drive formatted for Windows (FAT16 or FAT32) perhaps?

The first time I plugged my MP3 player into my Macbook it was fine, but I accidentally unplugged it without unmounting it and it stopped mounting correctly. I had to clear it off and reformat it in order to get my Mac to mount it again.

If it's Windows-formatted, do you have a Windows box handy you could plug it into to see whether it's the filesystem?

Edit: oh wait, you already said it's working fine on your PC. This tells me it's Windows-formatted. You're probably going to have to peel everything off it onto your PC, reformat it, and then copy everything back onto it. Hope you have the space!

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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.18
    Originally posted by tarnish
    Is the drive formatted for Windows (FAT16 or FAT32) perhaps?


OS X will actually format a drive to FAT16 or FAT32. It's the NTFS and EXT2/3 (and all those other) file systems that don't always work properly.

    Originally posted by JayJayDean

    And I tried "rmdir /Volumes/G FORCE 98" and I got a bunch of "No such file or directory" feedback, but I'm probably keying it in wrong. I can't seem to rename the drive using Disk Utility.



You're not "root:admin", so I'm not sure rmdir [volume name] will work unless you ran it under root (you'd have to enable sudo, which I wouldn't do right away). It shouldn't be mounting under that user:group, though (your firewire drive is mounting as jason:jason and my usb mounts a bryan:staff)... so I'm back to leaning towards a permissions problem.

Try this: Use Finder's "Go" menu and choosing the "Go to folder" menu item, then typing in the path "/Volumes" (without the quotes) in the dialog that comes up, then trashing the folders. Just make sure to trash ONLY the G FORCE XX folders.

I'd still like to see what happens if you plug in a different drive (not your iPhone/iPod) to the USB port.

Edit: If you get a "Permission Denied" error when attempting to trash those folders, ctrl-click the folder, bring up the "info" box, and see if you can change the owner to "jason" that way. You'll probably have to enter in your password to do it. Again, just make sure your ONLY doing this to the G FORCE XX folders.

(edited by Leroy on 19.10.10 0850)
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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.65
    Originally posted by Leroy
    Try this: Use Finder's "Go" menu and choosing the "Go to folder" menu item, then typing in the path "/Volumes" (without the quotes) in the dialog that comes up, then trashing the folders. Just make sure to trash ONLY the G FORCE XX folders.


Winner, winner, chicken dinner! That is exactly what I needed to do, apparently.

Thanks a million for your much-needed insight.



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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.18
    Originally posted by JayJayDean
      Originally posted by Leroy
      Try this: Use Finder's "Go" menu and choosing the "Go to folder" menu item, then typing in the path "/Volumes" (without the quotes) in the dialog that comes up, then trashing the folders. Just make sure to trash ONLY the G FORCE XX folders.


    Winner, winner, chicken dinner! That is exactly what I needed to do, apparently.

    Thanks a million for your much-needed insight.


Awesome!. Glad it worked.

If you haven't already, you might want to run "Fix Permissions" on your laptop's hard drive. Or maybe even try to "Get Info" on the successfully mounted USB drive and see if you can change the owner that way.

Worst case, you have to repeat this process every year or so, which, given the age of the machine and the version of the OS you're running, may be the path of least resistance.
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