You might just have booted up your Mac device and plugged in your External Hard Drive to find out that the system doesn’t detect it! Do all your files go missing? Have you simply lost your whole backup? NO.
You don’t have to worry, because we’ll help you fix the problem and get access to your Hard Drive again.
So, what might be the problem?
Most of the time, it’s corruption due to the hard drive and faulty connections. But other factors can also render external hard drive invisible on Mac.
The causes of not showing up on Mac on external hard drives, USB drives, and SD cards vary from case to case. Namely, it could break the USB cable. The USB port could be malfunctioning and not working. Might not work properly on the USB adapter. The external hard disk may have been incorrectly formatted. Might need an update to the hardware and software. Or the external hard drive file system may get corrupted.
How do we fix it?
- Check the connections of the Hard Drive
If the cable is loose, the External Drive might fail to show up on your device and if you are using an external hard drive such as Seagate Backup Plus and WD Elements Desktop, make sure that the external hard drive is connected to a power socket externally.
- Check your Mac’s settings, if it is set to show the External Drive
Sometimes, because your Mac is not set to, the external hard drive doesn’t show up. If you can’t see the external hard drive on your desktop and in the Catalina, Mojave, or earlier macOS Finder, then the following steps would be helpful.
Go to Finder > Preferences > General tab and select “External disks”.
Go to Finder > Preferences > Sidebar and click the “External disks” under “Locations”.
There are a lot of other settings that you might troubleshoot to make the Hard Drive appear on your Mac Device. To find the full list of settings, check out the article by iBoysoft.
In case you have already lost your data they also have Data Recovery Software for you.
If it was a mistake, or you intentionally deleted some files and you want to recover them, you actually can do it by using this software. It doesn’t matter if your system crashed or your hard drive failed, iBoysoft is going to help you get back your important files.
The software features:
- Deleted Files Recovery
- Encrypted/ Normal AFPS Drive Data Recovery
- Unmounted Drive Data Recovery
- Unreadable Drive Data Recovery
- External Drive Data Recovery
- Formatted Drive Data Recovery
- System Crash Data Recovery
When you first launch the app, you’ll find the user interface is simple. It displays a list of all your internal drives, plus (if any) external drives. There is no bloat feature to worry about or any preferences.
Once the scanner is finished, a list of all found files may be checked. Remember that you may see files that were not deleted, too. Aside from the name of the file, iBoysoft Data Recovery displays the extension, size, and date of creation. A simple search function is made available to help you find a file quickly by name or extension (part matches are accepted). Additionally, by selecting this option from the right-click menu of a selected file you can preview images with less than 5 MB.
To perform a recovery, the files must be selected and the saving directory indicated. Worth noting is that multiple files can be extracted at the same time.
There are 3 versions of the software, so you can choose the one according to your needs.
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