“The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer” error message generally occurs when you attempt to access an external hard drive on a Mac. This article will focus on this issue and share 7 optional solutions with you.
Some users are complaining that they fail to access an external hard drive on the Mac with an error message thrown out, mentioning “The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer”. In this case, you will be unable to access the data in this drive. To be honest, many reasons can cause such an error, including faulty connections, Mac malfunctions as well as drive corruption. The most knotty issue must be drive corruption as it means that its internal data may has been corrupt, such as damaged PST. But, don’t panic. Here we will provide you 7 feasible means to deal with this error.
1. Re-insert the Drive
First of all, you can try re-connecting the hard drive to Mac. Just remove it safely from Mac and then re-plug it. Then, attempt to access it to see if the error persists. If this error still pops up, you could move on to try other ways.
2. Update Mac Drivers
Perhaps it is because that the driver on Mac is outdated, thereby not supporting the external hard drive. Therefore, you should check the drivers on your Mac. You have to ensure that all of them are up-to-date. After upgrading all drivers, you can try again.
3. Access the Drive on Other Macs
Provided that the above ways cannot make effects, you can attempt to access the drive on other Macs. If this error still shows up, we can confirm that the issue is coming from the hard drive. Now, you have no choice but to repair the drive.
4. Repair via Disk Utility
Fortunately, Mac offers an inbuilt disk repair tool, called Disk Utility, which can fix most of hard drive issues. Therefore, it’s suggested to try repairing the hard drive using this tool. Yet, if it fails, you have to turn to other approaches.
5. Format & Restore Backup
Most of time, the hard drive may get corrupted due to file system damage. In this case, formatting the drive can solve this problem. However, disk formatting will erase the data. Therefore, you should insure an effective updated data backup in prior to formatting.
6. Resort to Third Party Software
In addition, you can try fixing this issue by third party software. There are a great number of such tools available in today’s market. You could select a reliable and good-quality utility to have a try.
7. Ask Professionals for Help
Nevertheless, some users may fear that their own improper operations will make further damage to the hard drive. In this scenario, you had better take recourse to specialists. They could give you some correct suggestions to help you get rid of this error.
Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including sql fix and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com