External hard drives won't mount in Lion

I have two external hard drives I use for backup: a 2 TB Western Digital Caviar Green and a 2 TB Seagage Barracuda Green.  They are both in Macally external enclosures from OWC and I connect them to my Mac Pro with Firewire 800 cables.
At least I did until I upgraded to Lion.
Now I can't get the drives to mount.  They don't show up on the desktop or in Disk Utility.
Right after I first installed Lion they did mount and I was able to do a back-up.  But since then I haven't been able to get them to mount.
Any ideas?

unplug all firewire connected external drives, power off the peripherals, your computer, take out battery if it's a power book, wait 10 minutes. resboot and plug in drives to power and the computer, it should be fixed. make sure your finder prefs are set to show drives.

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    Hey, guys.
    I ran into a problem this morning that I've never ran into before and I wasn't sure where to write it but I thought this is best.
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    The only thing I can think of about your problem, given the information you have provided us, is to run Disk Warrior on your external HD.
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