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This wild mean the file system of the hard drive is set as something other than NTFS or FAT/FAT32. Mac and Linux would be able to read it just fine but due to the limitations of Windows, it wouldn't recognize the file system.
Google the program ext2read. It will enable reading of another file system in Windows.

LaCie External... | Answered on Oct 11, 2017


Yeah, this is not a MAC only issue, it's typical with hard drives. From your description, I'm afraid your drive is broken, or misconfigured in the boot loader. The light is blinking because the machine is trying to communicate with the drive, and were there no noise, I'd say it could be the controller card, which could be replaced with some skill and an identical card; but, that's not a job most will do, and companies that do it charge 'a lot'! So, unless there's something you cannot live without on that drive, it's probably junk. The noise on the other hand is very familiar to me. It's indicative of failed mechanics, most likely a crashed head. The clicking is the drive trying to move the head's armature and slapping around. This can occur because of age, and most drives last 5+ years, but most are warranted for 2 to 5 years depending on manufacturer, or 250,000 to 1,000,000 hours MTBF for companies like seagate. (MTBF = mean time between failure).

So, I don't expect you'll want to upvote this answer for such bad news; but, I figured someone ought to tell you.

LaCie External... | Answered on Jul 03, 2017


don't drag to the trash can , simply delete them

LaCie External... | Answered on Jun 04, 2017


had the same problem: (soft) clicking sound, orange/yellow blinking LED
Tried another power supply: nothing
Reattached that power supply back to the drive it was connected to: same problem there now as well!
Tried yet another power supply: working (all drives)

My guess is that the power supplies are the cause of the problem. Taking mine back to the shop next thing tomorrow morning...

LaCie External... | Answered on Apr 18, 2015


When it eventually will, check the disk (all terms may vary, depending of your version of Windows) :
Right-click the icon of the disk, then click "properties".
In the "Properties" window, select the "Tools" tab, and click "Check now". Check both checkboxes, and run.
This should fix the access problems on your drive.

LaCie External... | Answered on Aug 31, 2014


if the noise is new then it would indicate a problem, probably age related and would suggest PSU failure is imminent, I had a similar problem with a charger adaptor recently unfortunately I didn't catch it in time and it damaged my device .....

LaCie External... | Answered on Mar 24, 2014


> how can I **** my grandma ?

For some reason, FIXYA changed the "verb" in your sentence to "four-asterisks".

So, the most-important word of the sentence has been hidden!

Call? Visit? Hear? Kiss? Care? Help? Remember? Touch?

LaCie External... | Answered on May 03, 2013


Try connecting the LaCie to another computer. If this still does not work then the LaCie is faulty.

LaCie External... | Answered on Nov 21, 2012


unfortunately clicking sounds on hard drives means that it is already damaged

LaCie External... | Answered on Sep 04, 2012


click start control panel administrative tools computer management device manager scroll down universal serial bus controllers you could see a yellow question / exclamation mark? ! or a red X


you will need to update/reinstall drivers

right click to reinstall drivers


if you can see your usb but its not working

ports(com&lpt)right click update driver


sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable


just replace the cable of the hard disk, when you plugged the external disk drive you got that windows could recognize the USB device change the cable everything should work fine again,



if you can see your usb drive but its not working

ports (com&lpt) right click update driver if this fails to fix the problem


check the USB leads that attach to the motherboard usually red white green black make sure they are securely seated and have no dust build up on them dust will cause static and a lot of unforeseen problems to a computer and its parts


if this fails to fix the problem
Downloads to Recover Your Files and Save Your Bacon and 10 Best Free Hard Drive Utilities.


Some addition links found on Google
http://www.datarecoveryreview.net/


http://www.cleverfiles.com/


http://www.easeus.com/resource/hard-disk-data-recovery.htm


hope this helps

LaCie External... | Answered on Aug 25, 2012


The disk in side is jammed, try throwing the harddrive like a frizbe but dont let go. That might help unsick the drive

LaCie External... | Answered on Aug 04, 2012

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