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Old Jun 10th, 2009, 09:42 PM   #1
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mini won't recognize external HD

I have an external HD that I have had connected to my mini for some time. The other day I got a message saying that the disk was not readable by the computer. So I hooked it up to my ibook and it connects with no problem.
Both computers are running the latest version of Tiger.

What's wrong with my mini?

I have also had problems with downloading software to the mini. Lately no .dmg files that I download will open.
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Nobody has had a problem like this?
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Old Jun 11th, 2009, 09:21 AM   #3
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Perhaps the firewire port on the Mini fried itself. Did you try a restart, just to make sure that something didn't eject the disk? A restart will mount the disk again...
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Old Jun 11th, 2009, 10:19 AM   #4
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its a usb HD so its not a firewire problem. Could it be something that reinstalling the OS would fix?
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Nobody has had a problem like this?
There simply isn't enough detail in your post for us to do anything other than guesses.
What Mini - Intel or G4? What OS version? What drive / enclosure? What interface?

In general:
it could be hardware or software.
Since the drive shows up on another Mac, it's unlikely to be the drive's hardware.

If you boot the Mini from the OSX DVD, and then go into Disk Utility under Utilities, does the drive show up? If it does, then it is unlikely to be a hardware problem.

Not opening .DMG files is circumstantial evidence that there may be something corrupted in the OS, so the general advice would be to try an Archive and Install of OSX.
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its a usb HD so its not a firewire problem. Could it be something that reinstalling the OS would fix?
Then the USB port is dead, or underpowered. Reinstalling the OS won't fix such a thing, it's not an OS problem. The drive works fine on another machine, so the drive is fine. I would get a powered USB hub, and plug your drive and keyboard/mouse into it, since it is probably cost prohibitive to have the Mini repaired.

You should really consider getting an external Firewire chassis for the drive though, running such things over USB is pure and utter torture - while Firewire (or eSata if your Mini has that) will give you performance that is almost as good as the internal - so good you won't easily be able to tell the difference.
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its a g4 10.4.11. I will try disconnecting everything today and run the DVD and see if those help. thanks for the ideas.

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Basic process. Shutdown computer and drive disconnect drive from computer. Unplug computer and unplug drive. Plug computer back in and boot up. Spin up drive and connect to computer.

Beyond that if you are attempting to power the drive via the USB bus that may be a large part of your problem. If it has an optional power supply use it. If not try different USB ports on your computer or else use the infamous Y cable to get that juice boost.

Another vote for a powered FW drive. USB powered HDs are fickle at best.
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