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Old 03-02-2006, 03:38 PM
DaleMeyn DaleMeyn is offline
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External HD vs. SD!

This is not an SD! problem, but probably an OS 10.4.5 related quirk. I have an iMac G5 17", iSight model, and Iomega 120GB external HD for the Backup volume. Sometimes when the iMac has been idle for a long time (asleep), when it awakes, Backup is not detected by the OS, it seems. Can't open its icon on Desktop, only way to re-establish contact is to trash the icon, unplug the Firewire cord, re-plug it, then it comes alive. Sometimes, it's necessary to pull the HD's AC plug and re-plug it to get it mounted and detected, if the icon is already missing. The drive is humming thru all this, never shuts down. The problem is that I can't use Scheduled updates, unless I completely shut down the iMac so it has to reboot when Energy Saver turns it on. If the iMac is only asleep, usually when it wakes for scheduled update and SD! can't find Backup, SD! just stops and waits. Once it locked up and froze Finder, also. Once, it completely shut down the iMac. Iomega said the problem is with the iMac OS, it's not reliably detecting the external drive. Before I try to get Apple to help, do you have any insights? I have no logs of any of these events, can't seem to resuscitate them. The only ones I have are of normal, manual updates. Dale Meyn
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