- 1 [Fixed] External Drive Not Showing up on Mac
[Fixed] External Drive Not Showing up on Mac
Is your external drive not showing up on your Mac? We know how frustrating it is to face this problem when you are trying to copy something important to or from external devices. Usually, it takes a couple of seconds to recognize externally connected devices on Mac. However, external drives can experience this uncommon issue, and that is why you are here, right? Don’t sweat; we got you covered. Let’s see some of the simple troubleshooting methods you can try.
External Drive Not Showing up on Mac? Here are the fixes
Check your Mac’s USB ports and the drive itself
Obviously, the first thing you have to do is double-check whether the issue is with Mac’s USB ports. Check to see if the external drive works with other ports. If it doesn’t, connect a dongle or any other drive to figure out the conditions of the USB ports. Also, you have the luxury of checking this by accessing Mac’s System Report. Here is how you do it.
Click the Apple icon > About this Mac > System Report; then, click on Hardware to expand the pane and click USB. If you notice the external drive that you are trying to connect on the right side of the window, there is no issue with the ports. In addition, check the external drive on another pc or laptop. It will help you to determine whether the fault is on the drive itself.
Check the format of the drive
Perhaps the external drive you have might work with Windows devices but fails on your Mac. This happens because some drives are not optimized to function on Mac computers. So, if you come to a conclusion that the external drive has no errors while working with Windows PCs, you can follow the below steps to see whether you are dealing with an incorrectly formatted drive on Mac.
Click the Apple icon > About this Mac > Storage. If the external drive appears on the right-hand side, the issue you are facing might be because of an erroneously formatted drive.
Updating the MacOS often provides solutions for various issues on Mac, and it’s the same with the external drive not showing up error. Updating the MacOS is beneficial in clearing the accumulated cache of the Finder, and it has the tendency of creating this type of issues on the Mac. In order to update your MacOS please follow the below simple steps.
Apple > About this Mac > Software Update; now your computer will look for the latest available update.
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Use Disk Utility to repair the External drive
Damaged file systems in the external drive also have interconnection with this error. The Disk Utility is a super helpful built-in tool you have on an Apple computer to fix such kind of issues. Here is how you perform the action.
Open the Disk Utility tool (Press command + Space and type “Disk Utility” in spotlight) > System preference > Disk Utility. Now highlight on the external drive that you are trying to work with and press First Aid. Now click on Run; Mac will start finding issues on the external drive. If this process detects any damaged files, it will help you repair them. Hopefully, you will notice the external drive on your Mac afterwards; if not, move onto the next step.
Have a look at the apps
Yes, the external drive not showing up can be a result of the recently installed apps. If you have previously worked with the same external drive that you try to connect now, there is a high possibility of one or few recently installed applications causing conflictions. Uninstall the suspicious apps one by one and try to connect the external drive at the end of each uninstallation.
However, make sure you uninstall the most recent apps you installed and recall when you successfully worked with the erroneous external drive on the Mac. Otherwise, you would end up uninstalling apps for no reason.
Reset your Mac’s NVRAM
This step can be a little challenging for new Mac users, having said that there is nothing to get scared of. Resetting the NVRAM (https://techterms.com/definition/nvram#:~:text=Stands%20for%20%22Non%2DVolatile%20Random,power%20such%20as%20a%20battery.) is a great remedy for different kinds of minor issues on Mac. The NVRAM stores the settings of your Mac when it is turned off. So, resetting its memory can be a great solution, and it will help the PC detect the external drives.
First, turn off your computer. Then press the power on button to restart the Mac; immediately press Option+ Command + P + R and hold the keys at least for 20 seconds. This will reset the NVRAM, and if you successfully completed the resetting, your external drive should appear on the Mac.
We hope you have received the solution for the external drive not showing up error. If the issue still exists (actually, there is little to no chance), please let us know by commenting below. We will come to your rescue in a jiffy. Cheers!