Fix error 49244 on macOS [6 Proven Ways]

How to fix error 49244 when connecting an external drive failed? This article will introduce 6 proven ways to fix error 49244. Before that, use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac to recover your data.

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What Is error 49244

Many Mac users have reported an error occurs when connecting an external hard SSD to a Mac, which is error 49244. The " error 49244" is one of the compatibility errors that prevents the connecting process of external drives to Mac.

error 49244 on Mac

Strictly speaking, the " error" doesn't seem to be a serious disk error; it's just a compatibility failure between your external drive and Mac. However, please note that data loss can also occur in this case. If your essential data is stored on the external drive without backup, try to recover it using the software first.

Recover Data Using Software When Error 49244 Occurs

To avoid data loss during the repair process, such as fixing error 49244 by formatting the external disk, you can first use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac to recover important data stored on the unmounting external disk.

You can't access the data on the unmounted external disk when the error 49244 occurs. Still, the EaseUS recovery tool can fix most of the disk errors and access stored data on the disk, such as " error 119930868", so you can refer to the following 3 steps to recover your data from an external hard drive unmounted on Mac easily.

Step 1. Search for lost files

Correctly connect your external hard drive to your Mac. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac, and select the external hard drive. Then, click "Search for lost files" to find lost/deleted files on your external devices.

Note: Before data recovery, you'd better click "Disk Backup" from the left sidebar to create a backup of your external hard drive to avoid further data loss. After backing up the external hard drive, the software can recover data from your external hard drive's backup, and you can remove the external hard drive and use it again.

select the external hard drive and click Search for lost files

Step 2. Filter and find lost files

After the scan, all file types will be presented in the left panel. Select the file type to find wanted files on your external devices.

scan for lost files on external hard drives

Step 3. Preview and recover

Click the file and preview it. Then, select the files you want to recover and click the "Recover" button. You can save your data to local and cloud drives.

recover lost files on external hard drives

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How to Fix error 49244

The drive is recognized on the Disk Utility, but when I try to mount it, I get the following message: "Could not mount TOSHIBA EXT. ( error 49244.)". How can I fix this issue? From Apple Community

When you try to mount an external hard drive to your Mac, the error 49244 happens, and macOS prompts a window that says, "Could not mount xxx(external hard drive name) error 49244", in which case you can't access any file on the external hard drive.

Why does error code 49244 happen on your Mac? The possible causes of the "DiskManagement.disenter error 49244" are as follows:

  • The external drive is formatted as NTFS.
  • Remove the external drive without ejecting or unmounting in Disk Utility.
  • File system errors, corruption, or crashes on the external drive.

After recovering an unmountable hard drive on Mac and protecting your essential files on the external drive, you can fix the error 49244 with 6 practical methods.

Fix 1. Restart Your Mac to Fix Error 49244

If the error 49244 occurs on your MacBook Pro; you can restart your Mac to fix the error. Click the Apple logo and select "Restart" to restart your computer.

Restarting your computer can solve many system problems, such as " error 0", which is similar to error code 49244. Check out this article to fix the DiskManagement disenter error 0.

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Fix 2. Kill FSCK Process to Fix Unmounting Error

Termination of the FSCK process is generally applicable when the error code 49244 is caused by incorrectly ejecting an external disk, such as pulling out an external disk without ejecting it. Follow the steps below:

Step 1. Open Finder, or go to the "Applications > Utilities" folder to open Terminal.

open terminal

Step 2. Type sudo pkill -f fsck and press "Enter".

This method can fix unmount errors on macOS, such as " error 49218".

Fix 3. Run First Aid in Disk Utility to Fix External Drive Error

You will find First Aid in the Disk Utility on your Mac. Its primary function is to assess the health of the internal and external hard drives and other identified issues. To fix Error 49244 on Mac, you can follow the steps below to repair the external drive using the First Aid feature:

Step 1. Open "Disk Utility" and select the external drive in the left panel.

open Disk Utility

Step 2. Click "First Aid" in the top menu, and wait for the process to finish.

run First Aid

If the First Aid process fails, don't worry! Effective solutions are provided in the following passage.

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Fix 4. Repair the External Drive Disk Using Mac Terminal

Mac Terminal is a tried and advanced tool for quickly locating folders and changing settings. Open Terminal and type diskutil eraseDisk JHFS+ UntitledUFS disk(Your disk number) to repartition the whole external drive. When the repartition process is finished, check if the external drive works without an error prompt.

Fix 5. Format Your External Drive to Fix Error 49244

Suppose the above-mentioned methods don't work; you should consider formatting your external drive to fix the error 49244. Follow the steps below to format an external drive on Mac:

Step 1. Select the external drive in Disk Utility, and click "Erase" in the top menu.

erase an external hard drive

Step 2. Choose the format and rename the external drive if you want. For example, choose the HFS+ as the external drive's format.

Step 3. Click "Erase" again to confirm. Before erasing the whole external drive, you should ensure to back up your essential data first.

If you are not sure which file system format is suitable for the external drive, this article can help you figure it out.

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Fix 6. Reinstall macOS to Fix Mac Error 49244

Reinstalling macOS can solve most of the glitches on your Mac, so you can try this method to fix the error 49244 on your Mac. Check out the following steps:

Step 1. Start Mac in Recovery Mode.

Step 2. Select "Reinstall macOS" in the list, and click "Continue".

macOS recovery mode

Step 3. Click "Agree" to confirm the reinstallation. Choose the Mac startup disk to install macOS.


The " error 49244" on macOS is one of the compatibility errors that prevents the connecting process of external drives to Mac. You can fix it by restarting your Mac, killing the FSCK process, running Disk Utility's First Aid feature, etc. However, if the problematic external drive stores essential data, you should use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac to recover its lost data. error 49244 FAQs

Here are questions people frequently ask when they search for how to fix the " error 49244" problem on Mac:

1. How do I mount a disk that won't mount Mac?

To mount a disk on Mac, you should go to "Disk Utility" in the "Application > Utilities" folder, select the disk, and click "Mount" in the top menu.

2. What is disk management error 49244 on Mac?

It is one of the compatibility errors that prevents the connecting process of external drives to Mac, which happens when you try to mount an external hard drive on your Mac.

3. How to recover data from a hard disk that is not detecting Mac?

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac is a powerful and trusted recovery tool that can recover lost data from a hard disk, which your Mac does not detect.

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