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Old 02-19-2012, 03:52 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I have a firewire 2.0 external hard drive on my mac os 10.6.

From one day to the next the applications on it won't open. I haven't done anything different. The programs on the actual mac are ok, but not the hard drive. Has anyone experienced this before?
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:43 PM
 
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Have you tried updating all your usb drivers? Tried a different firewire cord? Tried a different usb port? Virus scans on both drives?
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Have you tried updating all your usb drivers? Tried a different firewire cord? Tried a different usb port? Virus scans on both drives?
Firewire has nothing to do with USB. They are different methods of transferring data.

My guess is that the external drive is on its last legs.
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Knoxville
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1. Can you see hard drive icon? If YES, go to #2, if NO, its dead/dying.
2. Can you feel it running if you click on the hard drive icon? If YES, go to #3, if NO, its dead/dying.
3. Try another Firewire cord, it may be a bad cord.
4. Try the drive on another Mac with Firewire. If it works OK, then the problem may lie with your Firewire connection on your Mac. If NOT, its dead/dying.

Depending on how old the external hard drive is, it may be ready to kick the bucket. I suggest you back this drive up as soon as possible and prepare final rites.

Good luck!
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Barrington, IL area
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1. Can you see hard drive icon? If YES, go to #2, if NO, its dead/dying.
Not true. There are many cases that would present with the icon not showing on the desktop that are not indicators of a failed drive. First and foremost, check the Apple System Profiler (in Utilities) to see if your computer can actually detect the device.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:34 AM
 
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Firewire has nothing to do with USB. They are different methods of transferring data.

My guess is that the external drive is on its last legs.
Typo...

But they are similar in a lot of ways...I meant to just type "drivers".
Good catch though.


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USB and FireWire Quick Assist

That link help any?
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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My first guess from your limited description would be that the hard drive is going bad. I don't know how to check for that on a Mac.
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Old 02-22-2012, 07:52 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Thank you for the suggestions. The hard drive is 3 years old and I can see the icon and open files. I cannot open Word, Illustrator, and PHotoshop and any of the files for them.

I will try your suggestions and also start backing the info on it just in case it goes kaput.
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:42 PM
 
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Thank you for the suggestions. The hard drive is 3 years old and I can see the icon and open files. I cannot open Word, Illustrator, and PHotoshop and any of the files for them.

I will try your suggestions and also start backing the info on it just in case it goes kaput.
I am not a Mac guy either but here is something simple that you could try that confirm if it was a system or hardware issue quite easily:
- Connect the device to another Mac system and see how it behaved.

If you experience none of the issues you had on your own system then you know it had something to do with your Mac, if it was about the same, then it is the external drive.
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