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External USB Time Machine drive is AWOL
Posted by: steve...
Date: January 20, 2016 02:13PM
I put my iMac (mid 2010 i7 El Capitan) to sleep earlier today and later when I woke it up, the Time Machine drive was gone from the desktop and there was an error message saying the disc was not ejected properly.

It's missing in Disk Utilities. I turned the drive off, disconnected the power and usb cable (which is connected directly to the iMac 2.0 port) and can hear it spinning up when I restarted it, but it's not showing up anywhere. I also tried disconnecting all USB devices (except my Wacom tablet) and I also restarted the iMac with no results.

It's in a MacAlly enclosure that I've been using since May '08.

I would hate to loose the data. Is there something else I can try? — TIA




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Re: External USB Time Machine drive is AWOL
Posted by: D-Rod
Date: January 20, 2016 02:15PM
Disk warrior



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Re: External USB Time Machine drive is AWOL
Posted by: jdc
Date: January 20, 2016 02:24PM
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steve...
I would hate to loose the data. Is there something else I can try? — TIA

Well, you arent really losing anything, right? I mean, you are losing the "incremental" backups, but you technically still have everything on you main machine.

I would get a new drive and start again.

IF you really need all of those incremental backups, first thing might be to pull the drive from the case and try it in a dock. Maybe $25 or so.

Edit: IMHO, unless those files are critical, DW is just throwing $120 out the window.





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Re: External USB Time Machine drive is AWOL
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: January 20, 2016 02:25PM
Smack it... try DiskWarrior....
Aside from that, it may be a goner.



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Re: External USB Time Machine drive is AWOL
Posted by: btfc
Date: January 20, 2016 02:34PM
If you removed the drive from its enclosure, do you hace another way to connect it? (i.e another enclosure or a dock)
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Re: External USB Time Machine drive is AWOL
Posted by: steve...
Date: January 20, 2016 03:01PM
Thanks all for the tips. I do have a dock that I can try. Disk Warrior is $118 so maybe a new drive might be the best option (if necessary).

I have another errand to run but will try it later this afternoon.




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Re: External USB Time Machine drive is AWOL
Posted by: FormerlySaleenl
Date: January 20, 2016 03:57PM
Try a different cable, then a different USB port, then a different enclosure.
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Re: External USB Time Machine drive is AWOL
Posted by: steve...
Date: January 20, 2016 05:37PM
I tried a different cable and had already tried switching ports with no change. When I put the drive in a little USB dock, it started up normally. I did a backup and everything seems fine.

Do enclosures go bad on their own? I have another drive that I'll try in it and see what happens.




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Re: External USB Time Machine drive is AWOL
Posted by: jdc
Date: January 20, 2016 06:04PM
Yes, enclosures can go bad.





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Re: External USB Time Machine drive is AWOL
Posted by: steve...
Date: January 20, 2016 06:20PM
I tried a spare hard drive in the (suspect) enclosure and it doesn't show up either — it looks like the enclosure was problem. At least I got 7+ years out of it.

Everything's back to normal. Thanks for your help! thumbs up




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Re: External USB Time Machine drive is AWOL
Posted by: space-time
Date: January 20, 2016 06:45PM
It's in a MacAlly enclosure that I've been using since May '08.

I think the enclosure died. It has done its service.

Also, how old is the drive? if it is about the same age as the enclosure, and if it was used constantly as time machine, I am surprised it lasted that long.

EDIT: OOPS, I had opened the page earlier and I didn't see your latest update. Was the drive also 7 year old? if yes, that is pretty good, can you specify the brand? Thanks



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Re: External USB Time Machine drive is AWOL
Posted by: space-time
Date: January 20, 2016 06:48PM
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steve...
I tried a spare hard drive in the (suspect) enclosure and it doesn't show up either — it looks like the enclosure was problem. At least I got 7+ years out of it.

Everything's back to normal. Thanks for your help! thumbs up

Also, stop using that enclosure at once. I had one fail and it also killed an SSD when it died. don't risk any more drives in it.
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Re: External USB Time Machine drive is AWOL
Posted by: steve...
Date: January 20, 2016 08:11PM
Was the drive also 7 year old? if yes, that is pretty good, can you specify the brand?

The drive is a WD Black (1 TB) and was new in 2010. I'm now in the market for a new hard drive and enclosure.




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Re: External USB Time Machine drive is AWOL
Posted by: jdc
Date: January 20, 2016 09:05PM
Just a 1 TB backup drive?

WD - My Passport Ultra 1TB External -- $60

No need for anything fancier than that, good reviews all accross the net.

[www.bestbuy.com]

I listed more here: [forums.macresource.com]





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Re: External USB Time Machine drive is AWOL
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: January 20, 2016 11:47PM
My 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black is the same vintage, and so far so good.
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Re: External USB Time Machine drive is AWOL
Posted by: steve...
Date: January 21, 2016 01:02AM
WD - My Passport Ultra 1TB External -- $60
No need for anything fancier than that, good reviews all accross the net.



I've got one in my basket at B&H. One dollar cheaper and no tax.




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