How to Access Files From External Hard Drive On Mac

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Are you having trouble accessing files from your external hard drive on Mac? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many Mac users experience this issue due to corruptions in their external hard drive. Fortunately, there is a way to fix it.

First, let’s take a look at the types of hard drives that are compatible with Macs. Most external hard drives are formatted with eiter exFAT or HFS. If your drive is corrupted, it may not be detected by macOS or you may not be able to open it or view the files within it.

The best way to resolve this issue is to try reformatting the external hard drive. To do this, open up Apple’s Disk Utility. You can find this application within System Preferences or by using Spotlight search. Once you have opened Disk Utility, select the external drive and click “Mount” whih should make it visible on the desktop and in the Finder menu.

Once your external hard drive is mounted, navigate to Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility and select your device from the left-hand sidebar menu. Click “Erase” on the right side of the window and choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) as your file system format (or exFAT if you prefer). This should reformat your disk and make all of your files accessible once again!

If reformatting doesn’t work, then there may be an underlying hardware issue that neds addressing. In this case, it’s best to contact a professional technician for assistance in resolving the problem.

We hope this blog post has helped you gain access to your files on an external hard drive for Mac! If you have any further questions about this process, don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance from a qualified professional who can help you through any issues that arise along the way!

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Troubleshooting Issues with Viewing Files on an External Hard Drive on a Mac

It is possible that the external hard drive for Mac has been corrupted, causing you to not be able to see the files. This can happen if the drive has been exposed to extreme temperatures, power surges, or was not properly disconnected from your Mac. In this case, reformatting the drive may help resolve the issue. Make sure that you back up any important files bfore reformatting, as reformatting will erase all data on the drive. If you are unable to reformat the drive, it may be best to take it to an Apple or other authorized repair center for assistance.

Making an External Hard Drive Accessible on a Mac

To make your external hard drive accessible on a Mac, you’ll need to use Apple’s Disk Utility. You can find it either wihin System Preferences or via Spotlight. Once you’ve opened Disk Utility, look for the external drive in the list of drives. If it’s visible, select it and click the Mount button. This will make the drive visible on your desktop and in the Finder menu.

Troubleshooting an Invisible External Hard Drive

It’s possible that your external hard drive is not showing your files because the drivers are out of date. When you plug a drive into a computer for the first time or after running system updates, the drivers may need to be updated in order for the drive to be recognized and show your files. To try and fix this issue, you can check if thee are any driver updates available for your external hard drive by visiting the manufacturer’s website. You can also try unplugging the drive from your computer and then plugging it back in to see if that resolves the issue.

Accessing a Hard Drive on a Mac

In order to access your hard drive on a Mac, you must first open the Finder app. Once the Finder window is open, you can select the “Hard disks” icon located in the sidebar on the left side. This will display all of your available hard drives and other storage devices. If you do not see this icon in the sidebar, you can add it by clicking Finder > Settings and selecting “Hard disks” under General. You can then double-click on any of these drives to access thir contents or right-click on them for additional options such as ejecting or renaming them.


In conclusion, an external hard drive is a great way to store and transport large amounts of data. However, due to its delicate nature, there is always the risk of corruption or damage. If your external hard drive is not visible on your Mac or cnnot be opened, it is most likely corrupted. Fortunately, you can use Apple’s Disk Utility to try and repair the disk or reformat it as necessary. While this may not always fix the issue, it is worth a try before giving up on your external hard drive.

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James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.