Re: [G4] external drive don´t show up in finder or on desktop G4

Luke Rademacher lz4broc at
Wed Jan 14 11:07:01 PST 2009

Have you used Disk Utility and clicked Mount?

Has the drive been in any other Mac or Windows computer?

Is the external connect to the Mac via the FireWire 400 or the USB2  

Just trying to find more info out.


Luke Rademacher
Liquid Zone Graphics
Mac mini 2.0Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 3GB RAM, 80GB HD, Combo DVD/CDRW,  
Mac OSX Leopard 10.5.5, ext NewerTech miniStack w/ 320GB HD.
MDD Dual 1.25Ghz G4, 2GB RAM, 250GB/120GB/80GB HD's, 16x DL DVD±R/RW  
Superdrive, Mac OSX Tiger 10.4.11, Classic Mac OS 9.2.2.
External 1TB HD FireWire 400
Intel Celeron 2GHz, 1GB RAM, 80GB HD, Ubuntu Linux 8.04
5.5th gen 80GB Enhanced Video iPod
Canon CanoScan 8400F
Canon Pixma iP4500

On Jan 14, 2009, at 1:20 PM, stefan möller wrote:

> Hi everyone!
> I have a gigasmart FW400/usb2 external drive that I´m trying to  
> connect to my G4 with OSX3.9.
> I´ve had it for a while but it´s a long time since I´ve been using  
> it. This is because my internal drives was over loaded. Now I have  
> been doing a major clensing and reinstalled OSX 3.9 , so there  
> should be enough space to make it run.
> I can see in the system profiler that the computer detects it. I  
> can also see the images of the drive(1main+ 4 partitions) in the  
> disk utility.
> But.... I can´t see it on desktop nor the sidebar ...I can´t find a  
> way to open up the disk...
> *I have been checkin both type of connections with same result.
> *I remember I nearly maxed it out though I did save a lot of stuff  
> on it.
> *In disk utility I can see the main disk fully but the partitions  
> are greyed out.
> Could there be an explanation in any of this?
> What do I have to do to make it show up in finder or on the desktop?
> best regards
> stefan möller
> G4 800 quicksilver (single processor)
> OSX 3.9

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