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My hard drive usually works on my MacBook, but today it has decided otherwise.

My hard drive works on the TV and DVD player. However, when I plug it into my Mac the light comes on and I can hear it running, but it doesn't show on my desktop or appear in Disk Utility. I've tried researching to find options, but nothing seems to be working.

I've also plugged a USB into both USB ports on the MacBook and that works fine.

What can I try next?

  • Welcome to Ask Different! :) In reference to: I've tried researching to find options, but nothing seems to be working, it would be good to actually spell out what you've already tried so that we can offer the most appropriate suggestions. – Monomeeth Apr 2 '18 at 0:27
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    Possible duplicate of Sometimes Mac doesn't recognise my external hard drive – Allan Apr 2 '18 at 13:38
  • do drives often show up in diskutil but not Disk Utility? @Allan – dwightk Apr 2 '18 at 21:38
  • The relevance of that question, @dwightk? – Allan Apr 2 '18 at 22:09
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Sometimes this happens on my Macbook as well. Shut down your computer, unplug the drive, turn on your computer, plug the drive back in.

Good news is your drive is not toast as your TV can read it, so hopefully that'll do the trick.

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