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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-26-2020, 06:53 PM - Thread Starter
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External Hard Drive Not Showing Up on MacBook Air 2017

I am trying to use my external HDD, but it is not showing up in finder or desktop. The device showed up yesterday, but after formatting the HDD, it has disappeared. I've followed this guide: https://iboysoft.com/mac-data-recove...up-on-mac.html

Here are what I've done:

My first step is to restart the computer. I restart the computer and still nothing. I have tried both USB ports as well as a different USB cable. Today, I opened up disk utility, but I didn't see the disk. This article indicated that if I can't see my external disk in Disk Utility, the disk may be physically damaged. I have to send the disk to a local repair center and that would be costly. Is this my only choice?

I am currently running macOS 10.14 and the external drive is a Western Digital (don't know the product number, it was given to me by a friend.)

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-28-2020, 03:53 AM
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Hi it may several reasons for not showing up your external hard drive in disk utility. It reasons may be Not setting preferences in macOS, Partition map damage, Device incompatibility etc. You can read this article probably it may help you resolve your problem. Reference: https://www.stellarinfo.com/blog/rec...ing-up-on-mac/
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If it doesn't even show up in Disk Utility, it may be done. Even if partitions are pooched you should still see the drive or at the very least the drives external controller in Disk Utility. Can you test with another system?

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Quote: Originally Posted by Bad5ector View Post
If it doesn't even show up in Disk Utility, it may be done. Even if partitions are pooched you should still see the drive or at the very least the drives external controller in Disk Utility. Can you test with another system?
I've connected the external hard drive on my friend's Windows computer, but I couldn't even find the disk in Disk Management...
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Quote: Originally Posted by Sandra McGray View Post
Hi it may several reasons for not showing up your external hard drive in disk utility. It reasons may be Not setting preferences in macOS, Partition map damage, Device incompatibility etc. You can read this article probably it may help you resolve your problem. Reference: https://www.stellarinfo.com/blog/rec...ing-up-on-mac/
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