View Full Version : OS 10.2.6 problem w/external drives
05-17-2003, 08:00 PM
I had been working at our iMac 400 (768MB ram) and was told that an upgrade was available for download. I followed the directions and upgraded to OS x 10.2.6. Upon restarting (immediately after upgrading) my external 60GB Western Digital hard drive was absent from the screen. My first thought was that the drive had just died. It would not show up. I rebooted in OS 9.2.2 and behold it was back! I brought it upstairs to another iMac (imac 450 running 10.2.5) where it worked just fine...Showed up upon plug in. I brought a different WD 60GB external (that worked just fine) from the iMac 450 and plugged it into the iMac 400. It showed up under Classic but, once again, not under OS 10.2.6! I copied all of the data from the original to the one I brought from the iMac 450 so I could reformat it IF I COULD GET IT RECOGNIZED! Any suggestions?
Phil St. Romain
05-17-2003, 09:01 PM
Beats me, Russell. Do you by any chance have a backup of your older set-up that you could clone over 10.2.6? That update didn't do much more than fix a problem with dropped dial-ups.
05-17-2003, 10:53 PM
No, I don't have a full backup. This is weird, I've got to believe this problem isn't unique to me!
06-02-2003, 03:41 AM
I got the same problem. Upgrade to 10.2.6 on a iMac G3 500 SE. Now it doesn't see any firewire devices, no webcams, hard disks, nothing.
I have already tried:
1. downloaded the combo update and installed.
2. fixed the disk permissions
3. reset the parameter ram
still no firewire devices.
Need a fix, let me know if someone figures this out.
06-14-2003, 06:44 AM
If you start noticing weird behavior from your HD internal or external, back it up immediately. My internal 40g Quantum starting doing the same thing in 10.2.3 (the system's on it) and now it won't mount at all even in classic. My techie says it's a mechanical issue but I am not convinced (the drive is barely a year old and I can hear it spinning ) Almost everything of importance has been backed up but if I could somehow manage to mount it it would certainly save me a lot of time. I have yet to try mounting it on another X machine with or without the terminal. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to share. :confused:
06-14-2003, 06:53 AM
profolio, age doesn't really have any baring on if a drive is ready to fail mechanically or not. In this thread these folks are having troubles with an external drive because of an OS update.
Thread originators, is there anything in your logs? Automount failures? What about the Apple System Profiler? Does it list any firewire devices?
06-14-2003, 08:35 PM
I found a reference to this external firewire devices not showing up on Apple's TIL.
Unplugging the computer from the power outlet for a couple of hours resolved the issue.
07-08-2003, 09:43 PM
I found that I also have problems writing to or from an external firewire drive under 10.2.6 but everything is fine when I boot up in 9.2.2. Device is a LaCie 60GB Pocket drive and is hooked directly up to the computer, not through another FW device. Haven't tried unplugging the power to the computer but I did restart and same deal. Drive is recognized but I get error messages when copying from it like
error -50. Anyone know what a -50 is? Didn't find that one listed in the macfixit book.
07-08-2003, 10:06 PM
Unless the -50 is coming from some totally different error list, here's what it's supposed to mean:
paramErr = -50, /*error in user parameter list*/
I found this using an error code script from a hint on the main MacOSX Hints site:
I have no idea what the error actually means in this situation. Or any other situation, for that matter. Sorry.
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