Intel Mac :: Can't Get Lite-on External Dvd Drive To Work

Feb 8, 2012

I cannot get my liye-on external dvd drive to recogonize on my imac. Please let me know if there ary any fixes or ways to get this to work.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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Intel Mac :: Will An USB 3 External Hard Drive Work On An USB 2 Computer?

Jun 2, 2012

I am looking to buy an external hard drive for my intel Mac and MacBook Pro to download and save some 8,000 plus photos.  My computers only have USB 2 connections.  I am finding that most new external hard drives have USB 3 connections.  Can I use an external hard drive with a USB 3 connection on my older Mac computers?  If so do I need an adapter to connect USB 3 to USB 2?

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Intel Mac :: External Hard Drive To Work With Time Machine?

May 5, 2012

I am looking for an external hard drive to work with time machine on a imac. All the reports I have looked at are really mixed

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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Intel Mac :: Mac's External Super-drive Appears To Work Only With Mini & Air?

Jul 6, 2012

My intel super drive died.Before I can get it repaired..I've got some work that needs to be done.Mac's External Superdrive appears to work only with Mini & Air.

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Intel Mac :: How To Get Recordings From Smart Record Lite App

Mar 12, 2012

I have recordings made with the Smart Record Lite App. They are on my ipad and ipod.How do I go about transferring them to my iMac so I can upload them to YouTube?

iPad 2, iOS 5.0.1

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OS X :: Won't Work With Indexing External Drive

Feb 17, 2010

Whenever I add a new external drive (be it for regular use or just backup) the OS will read the entire drive to create an index. With smaller drives this was just an irritation of 20-30minutes ..but now I have a RAID5 with 4 2TB drives. This will be 4-5hours of non stop noise ?

Is there a better way to do this on a schedule ..say use the drive now and then set it for indexing over night ?

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OS X :: Won't Work With External Hard Drive For Back Up

Sep 4, 2010

My iMac is slowing down and I wanted to upgrade the RAM and upgrade to Snow Leopard from Tiger. Here are the specs:
Version 10.4.11
Processor: 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Memory: 1GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM

I want to back it up before I upgrade to Snow Leopard. What external hard drive do you recommend? The only things that I want to put on it are my pictures from iPhoto and music from iTunes. I have 12GBs of music and 1,109 pictures in iPhoto. Also, how do I go about getting these things onto the external hard drive? Will it mount on the desktop and then I just drag my files into it?

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MacBook Air :: 3rd Party External Drive Will Work?

Mar 22, 2008

I have an LG 16x external drive. Will this work with the MBA for tasks such as installing system software? For that matter, apart from unpowered dvd drives, what else does not work with the MBA's USB port.

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OS X :: Won't Work With External Hard Drive / For Backup

Feb 21, 2009

OK, I read about formatting Fat 32 to transfer files. I will try it tomorrow. My other question has to do with using this for backup. it is a 750 hard drive and I was wondering if I should do anything special if I want to use it for both Timeline and video storage separate from timeline.

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IMac :: Won't Work With External Hard Drive

Mar 11, 2009

which external hard drive (for backup purposes) or empty hard drive enclosure (so I can buy my own drive and install) to get for an iMac, which meets the following criteria:

- has Firewire 800 (or Firewire 800 and USB 2)
- stylish to look at (preferably matches the current iMac)
- has a good quality, reliable hard drive (no cheapo Maxtor drive or whatever)
- preferably is bus-powered (saves yet another wall-wart and power cable)

If it comes with a drive mechanism it should be around 400 to 500 GB.

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OS X :: Won't Work With External Drive / Spotlight Keeps Indexing

Jun 23, 2009

right, i have a HFS formatted 500gb external drive which i use everyday, but today spotlight just keeps indexing it, it has a lot of media on it which i access daily so spotlight is needed to search it.

i mean its been indexing for a good 2 hours.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: No External Drive Will Work Via Firewire

Mar 13, 2012

I am having a heck of a time trying to get either a brand new Lacie d2 Quadra OR a G-Tech G-Drive (both 2TB desktop models) to work on my iMac via the Firewire port. Mac is running 10.7.3, 2.8ghz Intel Core Duo.  

Both drives are brand new out of the box.  

When I connected them using Firewire they look like they mount, but they are unusable. They won't unmount if I try to reformat. Get error messages if I try to reformat, verify or disk repair. Messages say something about not being able to read some information. Keep in mind there's nothing on the drives. I have tried getting them to work with Time Machine with no luck. A few times it would backup for several hours only to give an error message and crash. Something is clearly wrong when I use Firewire.  

But when I connect using USB? Voila! No problems at all. Repair, formatting, storage, etc. all work fine.  

What the heck is it with Firewire? I am dealing with slow transfer speeds for now, but I'd really like to have them connected via Firewire and off my USB ports.  

I have zapped the PRAM and permission module to no avail. Not sure what else can be done.  

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MacBook Pro :: External Hard Drive Won't Work On It?

May 13, 2012

ive just got my mac book pro and was wanting to transfer all my music from my Windows Laptop, i have a Toshiba Stor.e Canvio 500gb which i have put allof my music onto i plugged it into my macbook via usb and nothing seems to happen the mac doesnt show any sign of the HD what so ever, is there anyway i can get this to work ??

MacBook Pro (13-inch Late 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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PowerPC :: Unable To Work With G3 External Hard Drive

Aug 27, 2008

I was wondering how much external memory an iMac G3 1999 will accept! And I'm looking for an external Hard Drive that uses the built in Firewire 400.

btw: it's blueberry. and 400MHz with 512MB SDRam

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Hardware :: Unable To Work With External Drive Choices

Feb 9, 2010

I need advice on purchasing an external drive for back up purposes. I just got a 15" MBP 2.8 500GB after getting some great advice from the group. I currently have a WD My Book Studio 1TB, which I purchased after a WD drive appeared to loose my information. In addition, I had a lacie drive that died several years ago, so I am not so confident in the external drives, so I want a secondary drive for the extra security. I went to purchase the same WD drive I got a few months ago, but learned that it no longer is sold because the drives have been updated, and not for the better.

Ideally I would love to get a small drive that is 1TB that I can keep in a safe box, in case of the unexpected. I haven't been able to find any smaller portable drives that are 1TB and the 1 WD I found seems to be a no no. Something stable and reliable would be great. I am planning to begin using TM for backups.

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IMac :: Unable To Work With WD External Hard Drive

Feb 16, 2010

I'm praying someone can give me a miracle cure here but im pretty sure its a terminal case. i have a 24inch iMac 2.66ghz core 2 duo and a western digital 1tb external usb hard drive....this hard drive was bought a month or so ago with the sole purpose of store years and years of media to free up valuable space on my iMac hard drive....tonight without any warning at all the drive icon disappears from my desktop with an error message and now refuses to load, when i click initialise on the error dialogue box it takes me to disk utility.

in disk utility i have tried repairing disk and i get the message "invalid node structure". it then tells me it cannot be repaired and i need to re-format my hard drive.

as i said there is literally YEARS of info on this drive that i really really dont want to lose, is there anything i can do, or anything worth trying. as a side note on the front of the drive it has a capacity gauge and has gone from 3/4's full to not showing anything.

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OS X V10.6 Snow:: External Hard Drive Hasn't Work

Apr 15, 2012

My backup external hard drive hasn't work since I installed Snow Leopard. Bad:(  I am still learning about my MAC and would just like to re-format the hard dive and set everything up again. I want to upgrade to Lion but can't untill I backup what I.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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OS X Mavericks :: External DVD / CD Drive Doesn't Appear To Work With IMac

Jun 24, 2014

i have just bought a liteon external dvd/cd writer and plugged it into my imac. (os X 10.9.2) it is not loading correctly - it just shows up as a folder where i cannot open any of the files. i desperately need to install my printer.

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OS X Yosemite :: WD Passport External Hard Drive Won't Work?

Dec 12, 2014

Just bought a Retina Imac with Yosemite and now the WD My Passport external hard drive won't work with it anymore. 

At first it started to copy files, very slowly though, and then would just get stuck despite updating the firmware on the drive. 

It works fine on my Mac Book Pro running Mavericks so it must have something to do with Yosemite ....

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OS X Mavericks :: External Hard Drive Won't Work On MacBook Pro

Aug 22, 2014

I have a western digital hard drive that had previously been working flawlessly on Lion, however when using it with Mavericks it had suddenly stopped working meaning it would no longer be found on the desktop or in finder. I have been using the hard drive as a time machine backup. the obvious next step was to launch disk utility and look for a solution. I have found there  two hard drive names in disk utility, the first is the HDD name of Western Digital and the second is the "Time Machine" partition. Running first aid on the partition resulted in an error and that the disk could not be repaired. This HDD is important and the data cannot be lost.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mavericks (10.9)

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MacBook Pro :: Should External Hard Drive Just Work As Soon Plugged In

Dec 4, 2014

I have to have my hard drive replaced on my Macbook Pro.  I bought an external hard drive (Buffalo) plugged it in and nothing no pop ups for instructions.  Does a new hard drive (external) need something done to it on first time use?


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OS X :: Making Time Machine Work On A Smaller External Drive?

Nov 22, 2009

I'm just about to receive my new Core i7 iMac with a 2Tb Hard Drive and was just wondering whether I could use my old 1Tb Hard Drive for Time Machine Backups.

As far as I know the requirement for a Time Machine Backup Drive is that the drive is at least the same size in terms of capacity as the internal HD of the system you're planning to back up.

I would really like to use my old drive as 2Tb external drives with FireWire 800 are in the 200+ region on Amazon and I'm not sure I would like to spend that much at the moment.

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IMac :: Won't Work With External Hard Drive Hook Up Options

Aug 24, 2010

After debating the need vs. want of the iMac and Mac Pro, I'm going to follow my brain and go with the iMac (27" i7) since I use it for work, though my work is in the business side of the music industry dealing more with email, spreadsheets and some minor music/photo/video editing (which is easily done for me via Apple`s iLife).

My real question is with the 3 external hard drives I want to buy - G Tech 1TB G Drives. I read about daisy chaining the drives, which sounds like a good idea. But am curious about it. Obviously if I have 3 external HDD's and want to use FW800 on all three of them, with only one FW800 on my computer, daisy chaining solves the problem. But in this set-up, what is the potential downside to this? Is there an upside or other reason(s) people daisy chain their drives, too?

I`ll use the iMac's HDD, of course. But I also need one HDD for work (important files, contracts, etc). One for personal (music, photo, video). And lastly, one as a back-up for the other HDD's.

What would my BEST and also cost effective option be? Buy 3 externals and daisy chain them? Use eSata (what would that entail)? Increased speed would be the only major plus I'm looking for with setting these HDD's up. Just not sure all my options...

But keep in mind I don`t need them to mirror each other. HDD 1 (iMac) has my minor importance stuff. HDD 2 has my work files and business stuff. HDD 3 is personal photos, videos and massive iTunes collection (300gb). And HDD 4 is a back-up of all the others. Raid seems to be not exactly what I need - perhaps overkill on cost, too. What do you think? Also, I know everyone has their taste in externals. I actually had great reliability in Western Digitals MyBook Studios, and My Passbooks. But some people I know had good time with the G Tech`s - aside from them looking cool.

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IMac :: Unable To Format / Can't Work With External Hard Drive And Pc

Feb 18, 2009

i have just bought and external hard drive and want to put stuff on it. i know i hav to format it somehow using disk utility on my imac. what do i format it to so i can use it on both mac and pc? it is set to read only in "get info" and ms-dos fat in disk utility.

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Hardware :: Won't Work With USB External Hard Drive (Server Vs AirDisk)

Apr 19, 2009

when you have TC or AEBS and have a usb hard drive hooked up to it. What is the difference between going to Finder and doing a Connect To Server to map the drive versus having it show an AirDisk?

Somehow I just cannot have my external drive show up as an AirDisk.

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Applications :: Does Time Machine Work With Any External Hard Drive

May 29, 2010

Do I have to get the time capsule from apple, or will any external drive suffice?

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MacBook Pro :: ISight & External USB Hard Drive - Camera Won't Work?

May 30, 2010

Western Digital External Hard Drive (1TB w/ its own power source) Logitech Wireless Mouse 0 items plugged in USB = iSight works great with Yahoo 1 items plugged in USB = iSight will not even turn on 2 items plugged in USB = iSight works great with Yahooit does not matter the order or which of the 2 USB ports I use, this happens period.

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MacBook :: Reformat A Toshiba External Hard Drive To Work?

Feb 5, 2012

I purchased a Toshiba Canvio 3.0 external hard drive and I need to reformat it to work with my Mac.

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MacBook Pro :: Will Migration Assistant Work With An External Hard Drive

Apr 17, 2012

I have a new SSD which I am trying to use instead of my HDD.I have looked at options such as cloning softwares (CCC, SuperDuper, etc) but people seem to recommend doing a clean install of the OS and everything else.That said, if I manage to install OS X and the Applications CD to my new SSD, could I then boot into the SSD via USB Hard Drive Encloser, and copy my data over from my HDD?If not, what other methods could I use to effectively copy over my applications and files over to my new hard drive?ALSO,What will I be missing on my new SSD by using Migration Assistant? Any program data? Finally, will my registered applications have to be re-registered? Meaning if I had used a serial for these programs, will I have to re-enter all of that stuff, or will everything be the same?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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Intel Mac :: Using External Hard Drive As Both A Boot Drive And Timemachine Backup?

Mar 8, 2012

My internal 1TB hard drive on my iMac is dead and I don't have the money to replace it at the moment. I have everything backed up on an external 1TB drive using Time Machine. As a workaround for the time being,Is there any way I can install the system on the external drive and use that as the boot drive without erasing the Time Machine Backups?  It seems to me I would have to have two partitions for the external drive, one for the system, and one for Time Machine. But is there any way to add a partition without erasing the existing one with Time Machine only on it?  

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