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  1. 13 minutes ago, Cal said:

    If you've used first aid through disk util then that assumes that the drive hardware is at least recognisable to the system otherwise it wouldn't appear in there at all. Does the bar that indicates how much data is on the drive appear filled or does it look like a blank drive? What happens if you select it on the left side and click the "mount" button? If it is working as normal, it will appear on the desktop. If you've encrypted it, it will ask for a password first. If there is no mount option, the drive may not be formatted and/or contain no partitions, possibly due to a fault.

     

    It looked like a blank drive.  When I plugged the drive again after seeing you post, it didn't even showed up in Disk Utility.

     

  2. 25 minutes ago, DJ Myford said:

    This is a long shot, and usually applies to older equipment, but some capacitors get lazy if they are not powered for extended periods of time. If you can keep the drive powered up for several hours it would potentially reform any lazy caps and the drive may start working, but the chances that this is the problem are not high.

     

    Interesting.  I might try that out of curiosity.

     

  3. 7 minutes ago, MDM said:

    As I said in another thread recently, I have had a few of these WD portable My Passport drives fail or become unreliable. I use them in the same way as Sung - just for backup. I have found a few of them start to back up very slowly (snail's pace) as I am copying and reformatting does nothing once this starts. The backup is so slow that they are unusable and I can't trust them with precious data. This has been mainly 4TB drives but it has happened with some lower capacity ones as well. I still have some that are working fine as well but I no longer really trust them. I have also had a couple of WD desktop drives fail over time. At this time, the only drives I have found absolutely reliable are G-Technology, desktop and portable. 

     

    I agree with you, MDM about G-Tech drives.

     

  4. 34 minutes ago, MDM said:

    It's probably dead and even if it wasn't would you want to use a potentially dodgy disk for anything?

     

    I know MDM, not necessarily want to use it, but I was just curious.

     

    Edit) the drive itself wasn't used very much as it is one of my archive drives.  Only when I refer back to an original for trial of different editing, etc.  So I was actually wondering if the drive will just die even with light usage after a certain period time regardless.  Luckily I have two backup copies, so no data is lost.  🙂

     

    15 minutes ago, Martyn said:

    One thing to check after my experience plugging an external drive into my Imac which it wouldn't recognise ... I was using an extension plugged into one of the ports ... once I removed the cord and plugged the drive directly into the port just using the short lead that the drive came with, it became visible ...

     

    It was directly connected to Mac.  Tried different leads, unplug any other device, etc.  

     

    Thank you both, MDM & Martyn

     

    Sung

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  5. Thank you @Colin Woods, @spacecadet for your reply.

     

    @Allan Bell & @NYCat.  Good idea, I will try with different cables and will see what happens. Thanks.

     

    @MDM  I got my current G-Tec drive from Jigsaw24 based on your advice and recommendation, eh now nearly 5 years ago.  Time does fly, doesn't it?  This morning I had a look at that particular drive shortly after I started this thread, just in case it turns out to be G-Tec drive's failure.  I have two exact copies of G-Tec Drive on 2 separate portable external drives.  Thank you for your reply. 

     

    Sung

  6. My daily set up is as follows.  I am experiencing something which never happened before.

     

    • iMac (late 2012), 16GB Memory, 2.9 GHZ Intel Core i5, NVIDIA GeForce, 1TB (free space 870GB): this computer only holds apps, such as Lightroom, Photoshop, Apple's own apps, etc)
    • My working drive: 5 year old G-TECH G-DRIVE 2TB Portal Hard Drive USB (all my created docs and 2015~ today images are stored here including Lightroom catalogue) (free space 567GB)
    • Seagate 1TB external hard drive USB for Time Machine backup.

     

    I copy my G-Tech drive by using SuperDuper on 2 separate external drives at the end of each day.

     

    This morning when I woke up my iMac, I was greeted by the following screenshot.  All the above mentioned external hard drive remained attached to iMac overnight.  Also the G-Tech drive was making grinding noise for about 20 mins before it settled down.

     

    Screen-Shot-2020-05-12-at-09-39-21.png

     

    It never happened before.  What do you think may cause this problem?  Is it likely, my iMac or external drives, that became problematic?  Is it likely hardware or software problem?

     

    Your advice/experience will be very much appreciated.

     

    Sung

     

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  7. Thanks MDM.  Yes, it is simple to add a 'layer mask' (I only called it 'white' layer as opposed to 'black' layer) but I was scratching my head why it is happening.  I use 'short cuts' quite a lot so I was wondering if I did something without knowing it.  It really baffles me.  Yesterday, I tried with default workspace but it didn't work.

     

    As you say it is not a big deal, but it is irritating. 🙁  Perhaps I just forget it and continue working.

     

     

     

     

  8. The other day I was watching a PS video tutorial and suddenly noticed that when an adjustment layer (curve, level, or solid fill, etc) is added, also a white mask is added to the layer automatically.

     

    So I checked my PS (CS6) but it wasn’t the case.  To double check, I looked at my PS CS6 reference book (Martin Evening), the illustrations also showed white masks with adjustment layers.

     

    I must have turned something off inadvertently.  I looked through menus and preferences etc and searched it on the internet to correct it but no success.

     

    Could anyone please tell me how I can have it back?  I use masks a lot so this automatic addition of layer masks will be a time saver in the long run.

     

    Sung

  9. On 01/04/2020 at 07:07, Bryan said:

    Times online 1st

     

    SFL Travel  2 Glass Wharf Building housing Grant Thornton, Temple Quay, Bristol, UK - Image ID: W41KTD

    Hanover, Germany. 26th Mar, 2020. Tuifly planes park at Hannover Airport. Julian Stratenschulte/dpa/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2BA89BB

    Science History Images NYC, Camel Cigarette "Smoking Man", 1943 - Image ID: HRP632 - ? hand coloured

    Marco Kesseler  Gaydon, UK - 08/10/2016. An assembled Vanquish is raised up to have checks taken underneath the car. - Image ID: J90EYE

     

    Times2

     

    Jit Lim  Chinese Cabbage Bok Choy White Vegetables at Wet Market in Southeast Asia - Image ID: D6DAYG

     

     

     

    @Bryan  Thank you, Brian for spotting this.

    Sung

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  10. 1 hour ago, Harry Harrison said:

    I'm afraid that I've hardly ever used it myself Sung as I use Lightroom for just about everything, in fact I rarely go into Photoshop. However I think that for anyone without Lightroom or Photoshop and those unwilling to subscribe it must be worth trying, particularly now at these prices and with a 3-month trial. I intend to have a look at Designer & Publisher also.


    Thank you, Harry for the info. It certainly looks excellent and a good value for money app. 
    Sung 

  11. 17 minutes ago, MDM said:

     

    Actually I have to disagree with that first bit Sung. Constrain crop means the crop stays within the image area. It is the same as Constrain to image in the crop panel.

     

    The second bit - yes absolutely. I always save the detailed history in the metadata when working in Photoshop. You can't go back but you can figure out what you did.

     

     

     

    @MDM

     

    Now I am confused.  Is 'Contrain to Image' (in Crop) and 'Constrain Crop' (in Lens Corrections) different?   

    Sorry I didn't read your reply properly.  I thought 'Contrain' has something to do with the ratio.

     

  12. 15 minutes ago, Betty LaRue said:

    Mark, I’ve never understood what “constrain crop” meant, so I’ve never touched it. If I don’t understand something, I avoid it like the plague in case I might mess something up.

    Lol, it comes from the time I got my first computer, self-teaching, and got myself in some horrible messes I didn’t know how to back out of. I finally wrote down every single step I did so I had a roadmap to reverse my actions.

    What does constrain crop mean?

    Betty

     

    @Betty LaRue

     

    Costrain crop means that you maintain the original photo's ratio (usually 3:2).  If you click on the pad lock icon, the pad lock looks open.  This means you are free from the original ratio when cropping.

     

    17 minutes ago, Betty LaRue said:

    Mark, I’ve never understood what “constrain crop” meant, so I’ve never touched it. If I don’t understand something, I avoid it like the plague in case I might mess something up.

    Lol, it comes from the time I got my first computer, self-teaching, and got myself in some horrible messes I didn’t know how to back out of. I finally wrote down every single step I did so I had a roadmap to reverse my actions.

    What does constrain crop mean?

    Betty

     

    I don't think you need to do that.  LR also has 'History' section where all the edits are listed.  The history will remain intact until you choose to 'close All'.

     Unlike history in PS, when you can shut down LR and you open LR next day, the history will still be there.....

     

    Sung 

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