external hard drives and Mac

Started Sep 21, 2012 | Discussions thread
mstecker
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Re: external hard drives and Mac
In reply to Gesture, Sep 23, 2012

I am new to the baffling world of Macs. I am not sure why I sometimes can see the external HD on the Mac and others can not. I use the same cable to connect to my Mac and Windows 7 PC. I have used two different USB ports on the Mac and get the same problem on both. Also, the PC always sees the external hard drive while the Mac only sometimes. Usually if I disconnect the USB cable and reconnect it to my Mac Mini it works. I never have to do this for the Windows PC, so am confused why I must with a Mac.

Mike

Gesture wrote:

Are you using the same cable for PC and Mac. Have you tried moving the drive to another USB port. That said, I prefer Firewire for external drives. Good luck.

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