Forum Question: External Hard drive after Lion

After Lion me and my Daughter (we are on the same WIFI) can’t see a commen Network Hard drive? What can we do to solve this?
Jan Præst

Comments: 11 Responses to “External Hard drive after Lion”

    8/6/11 @ 7:45 am

    I’ll need to know more to try to help. What type of hard drive is it? How is it connected to your network? Is it connected to an Airport Extreme? A Time Capsule? A network device made by someone else? Or, is it a stand-along NAS device of some sort? Is the drive formatted for Mac or PC? What steps have you taken to try to connect to it?

    Jan Præst
    8/7/11 @ 2:06 am

    The drive is connected via cabling to my router. It’s formatted for Windows and have allways been a commen device for all PC/MACs on the same WIFI. The manufacture is LACIE. Prior to Lion there were 3 MacBooks (all seeing and using the drive) and one PC. Two of the MacBooks have got Lion, and they can’t find the device.

    Let me know, if you need further informations.

      8/7/11 @ 9:03 am

      So you didn’t mention what your “router” is. But I assume it is not an Airport Extreme or Time Capsule. Whatever it is, I’d go into the control panels for it (see its documentation, I guess) and check on how you have the drive set up to share. Experiment there with different settings. Try turning sharing off and back on, etc.
      You also don’t say how the drives are formatted. Windows, yes, but FAT32 or NTFS? If NTFS, then that is probably your problem. Did you have something special installed on Snow Leopard to be able to read and write to NTFS? If so, maybe that isn’t working now under Lion.
      Just guessing as you have a setup that I’m not familiar with. But the key to it is the “router” that is doing the sharing. I would contact the manufacturer of it for support on this.

        8/7/11 @ 10:42 am

        Hi Gary,

        Big fan from down under!

        I have had this issue myself, part of being an early adopter. My devices such as WDtv Live and other network devices that used SAMBA to file share no longer work when Lion is installed. If you try and access media on a Mac that has Lion, the share won’t be found.

        I also had issues with my wireless printers, I had to remove them from my macs and re-install with the most up-to-date software from the vendors. Right click the printer list in the control panel and choose “reset printing system” you will then need to re-install the ones your mac doesn’t automatically re-install for you.

        As this was taking considerable time for me to resolve, I called Apple care, but unfortunately, they were not really aware of issues with printers or SAMBA file sharing yet. I was advised to wait for individual vendor support.

        I have been able workaround not having SAMBA for file sharing, by installing “playback” on my mac server to share media, this pushes my selected content/drives/folders out on my network as a DLAN/UPnP share. I was very close to rolling back my macs to Snow Leopard

        You can find heaps of individuals such as myself where our home networks are finely tuned in this situation. This brought my network to a crawl for a few days. I really thought I would be fine as I run Airport routers, macs all over the place, iPhones and iPads and AppleTV’s but still, had issues by clicking the update button.

        I am not sure of a solution for a drive connected to a router, below are some links on how to install SAMBA but even myself (a power user) is not game to tackle this task.

        Apparently the lack of support is due to a licensing issue. I hope apple address this issue with an update so I can undo my workarounds.

        Once again I am a huge fan and your videos can teach an avid mac user new things! If you would like further information, please let me know.


    Jan Præst
    8/7/11 @ 2:03 pm

    Thanks Gary and Brian. Sorry I didn’t wrote, that the router is a Linksys/Cisco WRT61on…. The drive is NTFS, and has as I wrote never given any problems with Leopard.

      8/7/11 @ 2:59 pm

      OK. I’d suspect it is because the drive is NTFS. What did you use in Snow Leopard to work with NTFS drives? I think you needed something extra to do that. I don’t know because I don’t use NTFS.

    Jan Præst
    8/8/11 @ 1:26 am

    I didn’t use anything, as far as I know. We got our first Macbook late 2009 and the next late 2010. They just spotted the NTFS drive in our network from day one and did so ever after… Until we on booth upgraded to Lion….

    Marsha Woerner
    9/12/11 @ 4:23 pm

    Not an answer –
    I have eat different but similar problem. I have three external hard drives attached directly to my computer. One of them (the one WITH the NTFS file server) can be shared with our other computers – one of which is Ubuntu and two of which are Windows XP. I can access all three on my computer. The NTFS one can be detected by one of our other computers (the Ubuntu) in the directory system on it can be seen. None of our other computers can share the two fat 32 external drives. The Ubuntu one can’t copy files from any. Lion and file/disk sharing appear to have some difficulties! On Snow Leopard, all of our computers could access all drives.

      Marsha Woerner
      9/12/11 @ 4:26 pm

      My apologies for typing and word choice errors above. I use voice recognition (I CAN’T type because of ordination problems with my fingers), and sometimes errors get overlooked. Again, my apologies.

      9/12/11 @ 4:26 pm

      It seems from your message that you have problems with your Ubuntu machine, not the Lion one. Lion doesn’t really handle NTFS drives, and neither did Snow Leopard without a third-party extension.

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