My Mac suddendly restarted and now the external hard disk I normally use for Time Machine backups is not working anymore. When I plug it in, it doesn't appear on finder and while it appears in the Disk Utility, I can't perform any action on it.

From the command line I tried with the command diskutil list, but I just see the default Mac hard disk.

What can I do?


If you can see your external drive in the disk utility app, there is no reason that it won't show up when you hit 'diskutil list'.

If you still can't see it after 'diskutil list', try unplugging it then 'ls /dev/disk*' then replug it and redo 'ls /dev/disk*' and see if another disk appeared. (It should be disk2s2 or disk2s1) then 'diskutil mount /dev/disk2s2'.

If this doesn't work, your drive is probably corrupted.

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