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I accidentally deleted my external SSD using the delete function in Disk Utility, and now it does not show up using diskutils list in Terminal nor in Disk Utility. I have disconnected and reconnected the device and it does not show up in Finder. I have also attempted to restart my machine a couple of times.

The data on the disk is not really important I have other backups, but I would like to use my disk again.

How would one go about to access it?

  • if you plug in your disk, what does the command diskutil list give you? Please post the output by editing the original question. – Allan Oct 30 '17 at 18:22
  • I did run the command, it did not show up, see my answer below. – JKRT Oct 30 '17 at 18:23
  • There is no "disc utils", just Disk Utility and diskutil, so which one was it? – user3439894 Oct 30 '17 at 18:39
  • @user3439894 where do you see disc utils written? “diskutil list” is a command line program call. – Solar Mike Oct 30 '17 at 18:46
  • @Solar Mike, The OP start of with "I accidentally deleted my external SSD using disc utils" and as I said there is no "disc utils", just Disk Utility and diskutil, so which one was it? – user3439894 Oct 30 '17 at 18:49
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I resolved this issue by changing the USB port the external drive was connected to. I then rebooted my computer and all of a sudden I could access my external drive again. I do not really have an explanation why this worked however.

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