External hard drives... (in Off-topic)

Mem August 18 2007 8:48 PM EDT

So, just wondered if anyone here could tell me why my external hard drive wouldn't be recognized by my computer.

A little background on the problem: While shooting with the Panasonic HVX200 to a 16GB P2 Card we were between a rock and a hard place. We did not have a dump drive for the P2 card, so we had to use the HVX as an IEEE8.0 controlling device, which would then format the hard drive (which I'm assuming means that Panasonic has to put their own information in there). After the format the camera copies the files to the hard drive, whereupon you can see the files copied. I know the files are there, but when I try to hook my hard drive up to my computer to double check this absolutely nothing happens. If anyone has an inkling of an idea about this I would appreciate it.

P.S. I have yet to try another computer, but I will be doing just that tomorrow.

Nerevas August 19 2007 9:24 AM EDT

sounds like your PC isn't automatically detecting the hardware or finding a driver for it.. go into device manager and scan for hardware changes? Or see if you see it in there.

QBRanger August 19 2007 10:06 AM EDT

What OS is the computer your using?

Windows ???

Mem August 19 2007 12:22 PM EDT

I'm using Windows XP. The computer I will try later is a Mac.

QBsutekh137 August 19 2007 1:27 PM EDT

Does the Windows computer already have a bunch of hard drives mapped? At work, the PCs there have a lot of network drives mapped, so I had to go in the settings for the USB drive and tell it what drive letter to use (went all the way up to "R" to get it to work). Windows XP should show the little USB icon in the tray when you connect the drive, and if it does that, it means it has hooked up -- it just maybe isn't assigning the drive letter correctly.

The Mac should see it and put it on the desktop no problem. If you want to bring up a terminal session to see files on the Mac that way, OSX mounts volumes at /Volumes (mind the capital V, file/folder names are case-sensitive on the Mac).

Good luck!

Mem August 19 2007 1:47 PM EDT

Nothing at all happens when I plug it in, Sut. It's not a matter of drives not mapping. I've had this hard drive work fine for 8 months now, but after the camera formatted the drive it isn't even recognized as being a USB device.

I'm hoping the Mac doesn't do the same...

Xiaz on Hiatus August 19 2007 6:40 PM EDT

It is possible that formatting the hard drive with you HVX changed the file system, making it unreadable for the OS.

Mem August 19 2007 11:19 PM EDT

I suppose, but wouldn't you think that would defeat the purpose of transferring data to a hard drive? It is entirely plausible though, since DVC PRO (or DVC100 in the case of Avid [they're the same thing]), is a format that is native to Apple's Final Cut Pro, and all of Avid's editing programs. Obviously you need a Mac to run Final Cut, but Avid is run on Windows. I actually downloaded Avid's DVC100 codecs, but I'm still getting the same problem.

Tomorrow is the day I go over the editor's place with the hard drive, so I suppose I'll find out then whether I can get at this data.
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