Can't see external hard drive on my MacBook Pro

By kjryder
Feb 6, 2012
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  1. Hello all.

    I am very new and am in need of major help. I've had my current external hard drive for about 2 years and use it frequently. A week ago I plugged the USB connection into my laptop, and my external hard drive started making clicking sounds for about 5 minutes and never fully loaded /appeared on the screen. Now if I try to connect the drive, the LED light turn on, but I cannot access the drive. I found a thread from another person (vb/topic172059) that had a similar problem, but there was no solution given.

    Can someone please help!!!
  2. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TechSpot Guru Posts: 630   +116

    Unusual clicking sounds from harddrives are never a good sign. I would guess that the drive inside te enclosure is failing. Try connecting it to another computer and see if it works.
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,455   +288

    Is it a little external that is powered solely by the USB connection? If so, it MIGHT be that it isn't getting enough power. I've seen that happen with WD external drives on a Powerbook. Those same drives worked fine on a Macbook Pro though...

    So in all likelyhood, if the drive is clicking, its dead. Small possibility its just not getting enough power though - Try it on a desktop computer.


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