I’m new to hard Drives and forums, so please forgive me, ahead of time. I welcome any advise/ direction for both.
I had a power outage; with my iMac and WD MyBook[Studio Edition 500GB] turned on. After the power came back; the icon still showed up on desktop okay. I eventually opened the HD folder to find 3 folders, I highlighted one of them named “Desktop”. I thought it shouldn’t be in there so I clicked on “Get info”… I think, that’s when something appeared that said: “something? was Read Only”…
Also, Finder became unresponsive, which left My Book stuck open. (Thought there was something wrong with my internal). I panicked and relaunched Finder. That’s when the hard drive icon disappeared. Then, I think I tried restarting the iMac via the button- to no avail.
So… No icon; the WD button doesn’t work for turning off. The light is on & not flashing. It doesn’t show in Disk Utility but it shows in System Profiler as: “Unknown device”. My questions: * What is the correct procedure for safely disconnecting and reconnecting the hard-drive after unsafe removal? In w hat order do I plug and unplug and FW & power cords?.. S hould I try to restart the computer first? I’ve had both computer and WD on for weeks until I know what to do.**
Also, If I get the hdd to mount; should I delete that “Desktop” folder?… so as not to confuse my computer with another “Desktop”? I’ll bet I could have avoided this, if only I hadn’t panicked & had just waited longer for the spinning beach ball to go away. Computer could have just been slow…Thanks for any advice:)