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Hard drive problems

My lacie J 160 GB external hard drive wil no longer boot up. It will power up and then sometimes you'll here the PC make a sound as if its connected but the PC will won't show it. I have to turn the Lace off and on about 50 times before I can get it to work and then it will only stay for about 1 minute. Please help, I have a lot of family photos on there that I would like to copy over to a new hard drive.

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Re: Hard drive problems

This model appears to have a high failure rate in consumer reviews, so it may have physical damage on the disk. Only a re-format of the drive will isolate the bad sectors that won't hold data. Try re-mounting your drive after a fresh re-boot of your computer. If the drive came with the manufacture's software to allow it to communicate with your computer, then try removing this software from your system and re-installing it again. This will repair a corrupt driver or I/O device. Try using the drive with a new or different firewire cable. Other users have reported this drive working again after replacing the cable. You might not be able to initialize or partition the hard drive on this PC. This may require you to partition and format the drive on a different computer. It's possible that you may need to re-format the drive before it will work again.

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