How To Access External Hard Drive On Mac – 5 Easy Ways (Updated Guide for 2022)

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Method 1 – How To Fix External Hard Drive Not Showing Up On Mac? [6 Methods]

Hello everyone welcome back to our channel in this video were going to talk about how to find an external. Hard drive on a mac thats not showing up in the device list in case you are new to this. Channel dont forget to click that subscribe button down below we all use external drives to keep our important files. Safe and transfer a large amount of data between two computers so when your macbook stops recognizing a hard drive.

Even after youve connected it several times things start to get a bit frustrating in this situation many people reach. Out to a technician to try to get the hard drive repaired but before taking such an extreme measure and. Potentially wasting hundreds of dollars there are a few things that you can try to fix an external hard drive. That doesnt show up in mac by yourself make sure to watch this video right to the end and youll. Be able to fix your hard drive easily firstly lets understand why external hard drives arent showing up on your.

Mac in general a hard drive may not show up in the device list due to different reasons a few. Of these reasons include the fact that your usb port on your macbook might be broken there might be a. Partition on your hard drive that is causing you a problem there might be outdated drivers on your macbook and. The hard drive itself might be formatted in the wrong file system if your mac is not detecting the external. Hard drive dont panic because no matter what is causing the error you can fix it on your own lets.

Follow these solutions to fix the external hard drive not showing on your mac error the first and simplest way. Is to check the cable first check the hard drives cable and ensure it hasnt encountered any physical damage there. Are many situations when hard drive cables become loose or damaged due to daily use if thats the case all. That you need to do is replace the cable with a new one and your macbook will start recognizing your. Hard drive again also check that the port isnt causing the problem as well try plugging in your hard drive.

Into a different port or if you have one try plugging another device in that port to see if it. Works okay another reason that might restrict a hard drive from showing up in your mac is a lack of. Power so make sure that you have enough power for the drive as this may fix the error its worth. Noting that an external hard drive needs an adequate amount of power when it connects to a computer this is. Genuinely achieved by using the right type of cable for instance for some hard drives they require a special power.

Cable to successfully connect it to your pc this type of cable has two split ends for a usb type. A connector as well as another type a connector to be plugged in to the two usb ports on your. Macbook so make sure that you are using the right type of cable that is compatible with your hard drive. And make sure that its getting enough required power if changing the cable didnt fix the problem and there is. No issue with power then the next step would be to change the preference settings in finder follow these steps.

To change the preference settings of finder start by opening finder and click the menu icon in the top left. Corner click preferences and then go to the general tab now make sure that the external drives option is checked. Finally close finder and youll automatically see the external hard drive icon on your desktop if your mac still doesnt. Recognize the hard drive you can use disk utility to access the drive heres what to do to use the. Official disk utility program in mac to find your external hard drive that isnt showing up press command plus the.

Space bar and type a disk utility and then press enter in the left menu bar click your external hard. Drive and select the volume now simply tap the mount button and the hard disk will automatically show up on. Your desktop if your drive is still inaccessible then run first aid in the disk utility here you can also. Use its first aid feature from the top of the disk utility window to repair corrupt hard drives so if. Youve had no luck so far you might want to run the first aid check on the hard drive and.

Hopefully it fixes the problem again launch disk utility as ive shown you before select your hard drive and click. The first aid button at the top of the screen click run on the window thats appeared and wait for. The process to complete close the disk utility and check if your external hard drive icon is showing on the. Desktop or not in case none of the previous solutions work its possible that the hard drive is formatted in. The wrong file system so what we need to do is change the file system on your hard drive in.

This case you can reformat the hard drive using disk utility again open disk utility and highlight the external hard. Drive now click the arrays option and choose a compatible file format from the list ideally if you want to. Use the hard drive on your mac you should either choose apfs or exfat click arrays to complete the format. Once the process completes youll see the hard drive icon on your desktop we hope you can fix the mac. Not detecting the external hard drive issue from any of the methods that ive introduced but in case you are.

Still unable to repair your issues your drive might be truly broken or formatted using a file system that the. Mac cannot read in this way we suggest you follow the next steps to recover data from the disk drive. To recover lost data from an external hard drive it would be better to use a recovery tool to retrieve. The files before initiating the format why not try wondershare recovery its a professional recovery tool that can be used. To recover different types of files from a variety of storage devices it also has a user-friendly interface which means.

That anyone can use it to recover files heres how to retrieve data from an external hard drive that doesnt. Show up on your mac using recover it install and launch recover it on your mac connect your hard drive. To your computer and select it under the external drive tab on the recover its home screen click start and. Recover it will automatically start scanning the drive be patient as this may take a while to complete depending on. The size of the hard drive once the scanning process completes select the files that you want to retrieve and.

Click recover choose a safe location on your computer and the selected files will be automatically saved there so thats. How you can fix the external hard drive not showing on your mac error if you face any problems with. Any of these solutions then please let us know down in the comment section below and well get back to. You in case you found this video helpful then make sure to give us a like and also subscribe to. Our channel so you dont miss out on any future videos anywhere everyone will see you in the next video.


Method 2 – How To Make Any External Hard Drive Mac Compatible

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Method 3 – How To Use External Hard Drive On Mac 2021

Hey guys on todays video were gonna be setting up your external hard drive or external ssd same deal same. Instructions so lets just get started right away on the top right hand corner of your screen youre gonna see. This this is for your spotlight search just click on it once you click on it start typing up disk. Utility once you guys see this utility just open it up which by the way some of you may have.

It down here below as well so just open up disk utility so once we open up this utility you. Might see something like so this is perfect so what we have to do in this case before we get. Started with anything that is is go up here and you will see view just click on this icon what. I need you to choose is show all devices so click on show all devices thats the very first step. Once we choose to show all devices were going to see this dont touch anything that says internal so what.

Were going to do is just click up here okay to get rid of internal because we dont want to. See anything thats internal and down here you might see external so make sure you open this up external just. See that arrow here on the right hand side just make sure you see that you might see two right. Here or you might even see more partitions it doesnt really matter now remember what were going to do is. Format formatting will erase the entire content within the external hard drive so this setup is usually for new external.

Hard drives however if youre having problems making it work on your mac you still need to properly format it. Which again will delete everything from within the external hard drive or external ssd so i also want to highlight. That it doesnt really matter which brand you guys have it could be a seagate wd anything really its going. To be the exact same instructions and thats because the software that you might have inside that external hard drive. Will cause you most likely problems later on and thats why we get rid of any files that are already.

Inside the external hard drive or external ssd that you just got because every time i deal with the problems. From anybody is because they install that software its no longer up to date it doesnt work with their mac. Because maybe you just updated your mac and the program is no longer compatible with the new mac os so. At this point just think of your external hard drive or external ssd like a usb stick you can just. Drag and drop stuff into it and you can also set up time machine to backup your entire mac which.

Is something thats already installed on your mac so might as well take advantage of everything that your mac has. And that way you do not need to install and download any software for your external hard drive or external. Ssd to work so right now were gonna get started on the top right hand corner of your screen you. Will see erase under disk utility so erase again will delete everything so were going to click on erase so. Once we click on erase were going to see this option down here below so im going to see this.

Here so you can format it in many ways and right now you can name it as well so what. I want to name this for now is just external hdd no ssd i guess same thing it doesnt really. Matter what you guys name it it could be your own name then from here this is the important part. What we have to choose so youre gonna have quite a few options down here below and you might even. See a few more options than me in this case which is perfect actually and what we want to do.

Is choose if you just want it to work for mac just choose extended journaled thats the choice that you. Want to make now if you want this to work with mac and pc so if you want to plug. It into any windows machine and work then what you want to go for is exfat xfad will take care. Of that so you can transfer files between your mac here and any pc now lets say youre having problems. With older pcs or maybe you want to set this up for your tv or anything like that you might.

Have to choose this which is actually the worst format but some tvs theyre pretty old and they only take. This type of format so it really does depend what you want your external hard drive to do most likely. You will want to transfer files between your mac and other pcs and not just between macs so were going. To format it as exfat first so lets just choose that were just going to name this as so now. This is pretty important as well it should say partition and im going to teach you why you should say.

Partition and not master boot now this can also be a problem if youre formatting this for your tv you. Should actually try this format master and not partition because partition could have problems if youre formatting this for your. Tv but again right now were doing this to transfer information between macs and pcs and even between macs because. This works regardless with everything so were just going to go in partition now before i press erase if this. Is an older external hard drive or external ssd then you might want to go into security options which is.

In the bottom left hand side im just going to show you that and youre going to see this and. This is just in case you want to maybe sell your external hard drive or external ssd then you would. At least take it up to here for fast or here or if you have really sensitive information go up. To the most secure if youre formatting this way by the way its gonna take you forever its to take. You a very long time if this is your initial setup you dont really have to worry about this just.

Leave this as is press ok and youre good to go again if youre brand new youre just setting up. This for the first time you dont even have to go into security options youre just fine were just going. To press on erase so were going to go ahead on the bottom right hand side press erase once we. Do that we should see this and it should be done yeah so dont worry about it if it takes. You a little bit longer than for me this is an external ssd so its a little bit faster than.

External hard drive however for most of you since its brand new it will not take that long regardless so. Were just going to press undone and at this point in time if you wanted this to work just to. Transfer files between your mac and another windows pc youre basically done and i dont need to show you anything. More however i am going to show you time machine if you want to back up your entire mac and. Other options as well but lets say youre done in your desktop you might even see this now see this.

Icon thats exactly what i named my external so i can open this up so right now its open and. I can drag and drop stuff into here so lets say i created a file here on my mac like. This folder so i opened it up i can just drag and drop it in there so thats how easy. It is with external hard drives it would be exactly like a usb stick you can just drag and drop. Stuff into it or copy and paste stuff into your external hard drive in order to transfer it to another.

Computer or just to have it as a backup for now im just going to close this up though and. At this point in time i also want to highlight if youre having any problems youre getting any errors just. Try again format it again or you guys see right here says external make sure to open this up so. You should see an arrow here just make sure to open it up and youre going to see two options. Select the second option once you select that second option format that option so again do that if youre having.

Any problems and only format that particular option and then it should work and you shouldnt get any further errors. Also if youre getting any errors try formatting as journaled although you might format it as exfat in the end. Format it as journaled first im actually even going to show you that right now because were going to do. Some partition work so you guys can see exactly all the power that your star hard drive has so were. Going to go on and select the first option again and in this case were going to go on the.

Top and were going to select partition again if youre having any problems with partition just make sure to select. The correct options and format this journal first if youre having any problems right now we have it formatted as. Exfat which doesnt matter were just going to partition this right now so lets go ahead and partition so what. Does partition do well let me just show you this is very graphic so thats the good thing about this. So right now i have one partition and that means its only one external hard drive right so i can.

Divide this into parts and this is great if you want to keep certain parts for maybe just for pc. And mac other parts that you just want for your documents that only other macs can read only your mac. Can read so were going to go ahead and click on format were going to choose journal and then from. Here once you select journaled youre going to see this plus sign available so its very important to choose journal. First and click on that plus sign what did that do that brought up my external hard drive to be.

Partitioning into two so its kind of like having two external hard drives right now or two external ssds which. Is awesome so right now this external right here has 500 gigs and this other one has another 500 because. It split it up in the middle now we can give one more than the other but for now what. Im going to name this so we dont get confused is name this pc and mac because this format was. Exfat now this is just for you guys to know whats happening im also going to name it exfat just.

To make it very very clear whats going on now once i do that i can actually bring up or. Bring it down so to do that i can go ahead and just click here and move this around so. Im giving this partition less space because i maybe i dont want to transfer that much information or i know. Im gonna not transfer too much information between macs and pcs im just going to transfer some information so maybe. I dont want to give it that much space maybe i just want all this space to be for documents.

And backups so im going to leave that as is im going to click where it says here just anywhere. Here actually and then its going to highlight this portion and from here im just going to name this time. Machine thats because im going to teach you what time machine is you dont need to name it like that. You can animate backup if you like and im going to show you what time machine can do for your. Mac to back up your entire mac that means your files your programs your mac os everything so were just.

Going to up click on apply for now now again you should get a warning like so because partitioning also. Erases everything with any external hard drive for external ssd so if you want to change your partition size later. On you really cant because you will have to erase everything from within it again so although you could but. Again youre erasing everything again so make sure to choose the right size right now so were going to go. Ahead and click on partition so really think about how much space you want to leave for a backup for.

Your entire mac and space as well just to transfer files between your mac and a pc for example or. Just between macs thats why i suggest just doing it as exfat so that way youre free to do whatever. You like and running just the other part which is time machine which um actually time machine cannot be read. By pcs your time machine backup will actually only be able to be read by other macs so lets say. You buy another macbook or you upgrade or maybe your mac crashes you can always take that time machine backup.

Plug it into your new mac and transfer everything over and yes its going to transfer your files photos any. Videos that you guys had music any apps that you guys had installed on this mac as well and it. Does include your mac os so right now its done so im just going to click undone and im going. To show you what just happened so the best way to show you what it just happened is showing you. This right here on my desktop so right now i have its almost like having two external hard drives because.

I have one right here which is pc and mac exfat thats just transfer information between them and then i. Have time machine which will be my backup for my entire mac now before i keep going to show you. Time machine and all that stuff if you just want your external ssd or external hard drive just to work. With max or between macs all you have to do is not even partition anything just format it as journaled. Okay and thats all you would do now lets keep going were gonna go and look for your system preferences.

Thats down here below for most of you if you dont see it again on the top right hand side. Of your screen youre gonna see your spotlight search so just click on that spotlight search and in your spotlight. Search i want you to type up system preferences just open that up and for now im just gonna close. This utility because we dont need it anymore however under system preferences were gonna go into time machine time machine. Will be down here just beside sharing in between startup disk or if youre running older mac os it could.

Be somewhere else but youre going to have to have it there anyways because its something built into your mac. Already so click on time machine and heres my time machine so i already have a time machine set up. And thats why you guys see this but for most of you will not see anything here youre just going. To see select disk so thats actually what were going to do were just going to click on select disk. And you might want to have a check mark there but for now im going to actually leave that off.

Just because i dont want to do the backup right away what i want to do is just select my. Disk and at this time i do have this option here time machine which is the one that we just. Formatted we also have pc and mac exfat but i suggest just setting this one up so were gonna click. Right there were gonna use disk well right now i have another external hard drive which has a backup of. My mac thats what im getting this message and im just going to choose use both but most of you.

Will not get that message unless you already have this set up with another external hard drive so right now. What i have here is this added and this is the time machine that we just set up so what. I suggest doing for most of you is just having a check mark here just back up automatically so make. Sure to turn that on and what will this do is that any time that your external hard drive for. External ssd is plugged into your mac and turned on its just going to run that backup for you if.

You dont want it to do that if you want to back it up yourself then dont have a check. Mark there just leave that off but its very important down here below in the menu to show time machine. In the menu bar and that way youre gonna see this up here so heres my menu bar im gonna. See time machine all the way up here so you might see a clock thats your time machine so click. On that time machine and were going to see these options so we can enter time machine and we can.

Back up now so if you want to manually back up your mac just go into backup now its just. Going to start backing it up so yes this will back up your entire system your entire mac so all. Your apps everything everything that you got in here its gonna back it up so thats whats really good about. This so does this mean you have to have your external ssd or external hard drive plugged into your mac. The entire time like every single day all day no you can back you can back it up whenever you.

Want you can plug it into your mac whenever you like to do that backup if you want to run. A backup i personally have it always plugged in and always running a backup so that way for example right. Here my last backup was done at 11am so my next backup might be done at 2pm so if maybe. Later on maybe tomorrow i uh deleted something and then im like oh oops i actually deleted something i didnt. Mean to delete uh yesterday and i really want that back well i have a backup of that i can.

Actually enter time machine and go through all my files to see that so im going to show you that. In just a second but before i show you that i do want to show you this as well since. We made that change with our time machine you may have seen this changing color so you might have this. Pc and mac and right now you might have your time machine set up like so so its going to. Look a little bit different than before now what i did right now is plug in my other external hard.

Drive and thats because i want to show you because i already have a time machine backup of my tire. Mac i want to show you how this time machine thing works so you know exactly what youre doing now. Again when it comes down to time machine if you buy a new macbook and other imac and you want. To transfer all your files you can just plug in your external hard drive to that new mac and when. Youre setting it up you can actually just choose time machine to transfer everything over and that way everything will.

Just automatically transfer you dont do really anything yourself for now so we dont get confused since i plugged in. Another external hard drive im just going to move this to the side and here is my time machine that. I had set up from before and theres a lot of stuff in there so what im gonna do is. Just enter my time machine just to show you how it works so if i want to retrieve something maybe. I deleted something yesterday or a few days ago and i kind of remember the date and where it was.

So i can go on and retrieve that so what im going to do is click on my time machine. Im going to enter time machine it should take me to this window right here so why is it taking. Me to my desktop well it says desktop here because thats where im at at the moment and its gonna. Look through any dates so see this on the side where it says december november february i can go into. My desktop how it was back in lets say friday december the 4th lets click there its going to take.

Me all the way back to what was in my desktop on that day so i can see i actually. Had a lot of stuff in my desktop back then so lets say i deleted this screenshot by accident i. Really want it back so i can click on it then i can go down here below where it says. Restore click on restore and thats going to bring it back into this desktop so see how it just popped. Up here so although it was deleted long time ago i can still retrieve that file and thats really great.

About time machine but anyways i dont really need that file that was just to show you guys an example. Its not just with your desktop you guys can go into documents or anywhere else so it doesnt really matter. Where you guys put in your document you could go into that section so maybe its all in your documents. Maybe its in your movies anywhere there you can go back in time and retrieve those files plus hey if. Your mac ever crashes or anything happens to it you can plug in that external hard drive external ssd to.

A new mac and transfer everything over and by the way if youre wondering how that works i already have. Videos showing you guys in my youtube channel how to transfer everything from one mac to another and im always. Showing you how to do that using time machine mix its so so easy anyways i just disconnected external hard. Drive that i had from before and now i have the original one that i was showing you how to. Set up so heres my time machine part of it and here on the other side what i did was.

Place this so this is the one that i can click into and just drag and drop any files into. This space or i can even make folders inside of it such as this one right here and have any. Information inside that partition so thats what it comes down to partitions its really great and you can have a. Lot of partitions happening at the same time depending how do you want to split up your information now what. Im going to do is go back to disk utility just to show you one more thing so under disk.


Conclusion – How To Access External Hard Drive On Mac

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