Harddrive Problems

Im working with film and needed an upgrade on my system - from Mac OS 10.3.8 to
Mac OS 10.3.9 - because it was required for an upgrade to Quick Time Pro wich I
at that moment needed. So, when this was done I went the following day to a
filmset where I was Live-feed editing suddenly nothing was working. On the set I
was using another Lacie Fire Wire Hard Drive and I needed to connect an DV
device to that harddrive and the unit didnt appered in Final Cut Pro. Panic
Anyway about the time of lunch the problem was solved be downloading a driver of
some sort wich i cant recall at the moment. An abther guy helped me with it. Now
Im at home trying to connect my old friendly harddrive wich been working just
fine for years and it dont show up on the desktop. It starts up, Its sounding
and the lamp is lit as usual, but it dont appear on my desktop. I got a lifetime
of film on that harddrive, the idea of it not working wasnt in my head. I dont
have any backups on many of the film. I guess Its an easy fix, some new driver
is needed for te upgraded system. The quastion is; wich one?
Powerbook G4   Mac OS X (10.3.9)  

"Manually mount" the drive is done in the disk utility application. Usually it's found in your utilities folder inside your applications folder. Open the program, select your hard disk, then go to the mount/unmount button. (it toggles depending on what disk you've selected. Also.... REPAIR disk permissions any time you install new software or an update.
Finally, I do a lot of video editing also. Two other possible fixes. Turn the disk on AFTER your computer has completly booted and all of the stuff you've got set at startup is finished. I've got one disk that won't load like this, out of four.
Also, the order they appear in the daisey chain sometimes makes a difference. put the ones working in a daisey chain, and the one that's not first in line in another firewire port. The older firewire disk I've got only loads when I do this, all of the newer ones (under 1.5 years) load fine in a chain.
hope this helps.
Jim

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