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External Hardrive doesn't show up on Mac or in Disk utility

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by LMT397, Apr 25, 2019.

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  1. LMT397

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    My lacie hard drive was making some strange clicking noises when I put it in my mac. I have also tried this in a PC. It now is just not showing up in the devices and also when I try to access it in Disk Utility. It did show up once in Disk Utility but it did not allow me to press first aid. Now it is not showing up at all. I have tried different cables to connect it to the port too. It now is not making noise, it is silent with the orange light flashing but nothing happening.

    Please help!
     
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    If it's not being recognized in two different computers, the drive has failed.

    Assuming it's no longer under warranty, the drive may actually still be operational. The most common failure with external drives is the controller board inside the enclosure. You can often simply remove the drive from the enclosure and install it into the computer, use an external adapter, or put it into another enclosure, and still have full use of the drive.

    However, you did note that it was making noise, so this could be an actual HDD failure. Still, the only way to know is to test the drive. Test tools don't always work/work well with external drives. Someone else here may have another idea or know how to test the drive without removing it from the case.
     
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