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Computer external hard drive problem

Please offer advice if you job is seriously on the line. My Lacie D2 external hard drive power failed today while in use on a Mac powerbook G4 using pro-tools music software.The drive has always made a slight quiet ticking noise while recording to and playing back from it, it was no different from normal when the problem occurred. I foolishly had not backed up some very important recordings before it died on me. The power cable has a Green LED on constantly when its not plugged into the drive, however when i plug it back in it dims in brightness and flashes on and off so i dont think it is the power supply. The drive will not switch back on.Is this easily and cheaply repaired or can I sowehow swap the drive into another identical model.Please please has anyone any expierrince with this.

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If the hard drive still spins, then the data can be saved. If there is a near by computer store, explain your problem, and they can take apart the drive and probably but the data on a new drive for you. If you want to try this yourself, you will need to take apart the outer enclosure of the Lacie drive. Then unplug the hard drive, and either put it in another similar enclosure (requires taking that one apart too) or buying a new enclosure.


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Mac error 2066

Hi Taylor
I have been dealing with Mac's for over 20 years. Bought my first in 1984. The point being..... even if I gave you the description of the 2066 error, it would mean very little to you. It doesn't help.
It's more important to know which model you have, what OS (Operating System) you are running and what you were doing or what program you are running when the fault occurs!
Problems like your having do crop up, especially on Laptops because the internal hard drive gets bumped and corrupts data.
Depending on what data gets corrupted as to what the Error is.
Bottom line is, the machine needs some service about every 1-2 years to eliminate problems creeping in.
But.... You have a Mac.... So It's pretty straight forward really!
I have been using the following method for years.... SO.....
The best advice I could give you is....
Purchase an external 3.5" Hard Drive.(more robust than 2.5" pocket drives) About 1 TerraByte should do.
If you have a FireWire Port on your Mac then get a Hard Drive with a FireWire connector on the back... its faster,
Otherwise use the USB Port. (USB 3 Better)
Use the DiskUtility Program to Format the External Drive to Mac OS Extended (Journaled)...... Name the Drive something like "External Drive"........Now its ready for use.
Go on-line and download CCC (Carbon Copy Cloner)
Use this to make a Clone of your current Internal Hard Drive (Source in ccc) to the external Hard drive (Destination in ccc) This will take some time depending on size & content of your internal drive. Fifteen minutes to an hour.
Once completed, you should prove that the Clone is good by BOOTING from it. Restart & hold OPTION KEY DOWN & choose your new external drive. Once booted from external "Clone" you know for sure that the clone is a fully functional copy of your internal hard drive. Change the Desktop Picture in System Preferences so that it's different to your existing system. This is to avoid getting mixed up between Booted Systems (clones look the same)
The System Preferences / Startup Disk is also a useful tool here.
Now that you have a fully functional working bootable copy ("Clone") of your hard drive, you are SAFE from loosing any of your personal data. I make a new clone every few months to be Safe.
Now..... To rid yourself of all bugs & errors & faults and defragment your hard drive & update to a better (newer) version of the OS
ALL IN ONE HIT. and end up with a clean computer just like you originally bought. All you have to do is wipe your internal hard drive of everything. That is...ReFormat it with Disk Utility
(external drive unplugged for safety).
Then re INSTALL (takes about 20 minutes) a new clean (updated version) of the OSX. This is now free from Apple Downloads. e.g. OSX 9.1.2 (Maverics)
Then you can do one of 2 things.
Re enter all your details & passwords & Apple ID & Network details when prompted after re booting the new installed OSX OR
Choose Migration Assistant to put all of your stuff back in place like it was before you started. This usually works fine BUT it can put back faulty Apps etc that were causing problems before, so be choosy in what you put back (it allows you to select items)
Obviously it would be wise to have already downloaded the newest OSX for your Mac first. And even do a practice install on the external drive to see how the install process works.
You could partition your new External Hard Drive into 2 Partitions of say 500GB each. One for your "CLONE" and one to experiment with the Install OSX Process.
You could even set up the New External Hard Drive with the New OSX e.g. OSX 9.1.2 (Maverics) first then "Migrate" all your old software back on to this drive. Boot the drive & test it for faults etc. Try for a couple of days. Then Re Clone it with CCC back to your Internal Hard Drive for permanent daily use.
It's up to you.... But having an external CLONE gives you so many advantages. You are using Apple Technology and ease of use here! So it's easy to do all this. Think yourself lucky, PC People would very rarely consider doing this with Windoz because it's just too difficult!
Good Luck

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If you're running out of external Hard drives or don't have a Flash drive on hand, and you need to transfer file or simply trying to copy anything externally, don't worry! Ipod can be a useful tools beside from its original purpose, as being a wonderful portable media device, this digital wonder can practically be used a portable external drive, on which you can store files, JUST like an external HDD (Hard Disk Drive) connected to your Mac.
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An example of Ipod classic packs a lot of data storage in just a small package, from 5GB up to 160 GB, and in the future, some Ipod will have more capacity (A Gigabytes is a unit of computer memory of data storage capacity, that is equal to 1,024 megabyte, so One Gigabytes is equal to one billion bytes).
To configure an Ipod to be used an an external Hard Drive please follow this steps:
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  2. Select the Ipod on the source list
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How to initialize disk

Do you want to initialize the hard drive on your Mac? Or an External Hard Drive?

Assuming External Hard Drive:
  1. Go To Applications.
  2. Open Utilities Folder.
  3. Open Disk Utility (You Should Already Have External Drive Attached To Computer).
  4. On left panel select the top name of the external hard drive.
  5. On the upper tabs on the right side of the panel select Erase.
  6. ***Note this will delete any content on the external hard drive
  7. Under Format - Choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
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I restored my computer's HD using LaCie. Now, my Macbook won't boot us using it's own HD, just LaCie

Hi SuzanneHow did you do the install? It's important that you do the correct procedure. First you should have installed the OS from the disc thaty came with your MacBook. It would have then asked you how you wanted to procede. One of the options is to restore from a back-up or from another drive.
You pick the Lacie and let it do iots stuff. As a rule, when that finishes the machine restarts from the new drive.
What you can do to check is shut the machine down. Hold down the Option key (alt key) and then press the power button to start it up again - don't let go of the option key. After one or two moments you will get a grey screen with a two icons. One will be your HD and the other will be the LaCie. You then choose which onwe to start from and that should be that. If you only get the Lacie showing up then it measn that you do not have a system on the internal HD and that it needs to be restored from the CD/DVD.
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Power turns on, but there is blank screen with small gray picture of the folder with ? on it

This is not good news. That blinking "?" icon means that the computer is unable to find a disk drive that contains what it needs to start up. It's a real problem, and if you are not an experienced computer person, consider getting professional help with it.

- The worst case is that your hard drive is seriously damaged - you're going to need a new hard drive and you've probably lost all your saved stuff
- Or, if you're lucky, some essential files are missing or damaged but the rest of the disk is OK.

If you want to try and solve this yourself, here's what to do:

If you have the disk that came with it when you bought the computer, put that in the disk drive slot and try again to start the computer. If the computer still won't start up, you definitely need professional help.

If it starts up using the DVD, the very first thing you should try to do is recover and save (back up) all your saved files. Do that before you try to fix the bad hard drive.

Look on the screen for the icon for your hard drive. If it's there, that's good news because you should be able to find all your valuable files and copy them to an external disk drive. If you don't already own an external hard drive, I recommend that you seriously consider buying one. After you've gotten this mess straightened out, I recommend that you continue to use your new external drive, with Apple's "Time Machine" software, so you always have your stuff backed up.

After you've backed up your files, go to the folder on your desktop for the CD that you booted from and try reinstalling MacOS. If the reinstall works, you'll be back in business. If it doesn't, you'll have to replace the hard drive.

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I get a big question mark that blinks on and off on my display. I have a Mac Laptop serial # 4H65017MWGL

That means the MacBook can not find a bootable device to startup from.
First thing to do would be try starting up from the CD's that came with the MacBook or the Mac OS CD if you have updated to a newer version of the OS ( 10.5 or 10.6 ).
If the MacBook starts from the CD, good news your computer is still good, just the Hard Drive may have failed or be failing. You can check and see if they Hard Drive is working by going to the Menu on the 1st or 2nd screen when you are booted from the CD and pull down to Disk Utility.
Once you are in Disk Utility if the is more than the CD showing down the left then there is hope, now look and see if the name of your hard drive is listed ( default is Macintosh HD ). If you named Hard Drive shows and you have an external Hard Drive w/ enough free space I would try backing up your drive at this point using Disk Utility to make a disk image on your external hard drive.
Now that you have either backed up your hard drive, already had a current backup or have given up all hope of getting data back, you can either try
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  • Erasing the hard drive and installing a clean copy of the OS and re-installing your applications from the original disk and then recovering your data from the backup.
In either case there is the worry that the drive is starting to fail permanently, so now that you have been given a 2nd chance make regular backups or replace the hard drive. ( The hard drive on these is fairly easy to replace and instructions can be found here .

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If you have another Macintosh that is working correctly, you can copy the contents of that hard-drive, including the Operating System onto an external hard drive.
To do this, install Carbon Copy Cloner on the working machine and plug in an external hard-drive. Then run Carbon copy cloner and make the source the computer's hard drive most likely named "Macintosh HD". Then choose to have your external hard drive be the drive where all of the data is copied. Then run the program and let it copy all of the files.
Once this is done, remove the external drive from the computer and plug it into your G3. Turn on your G3 while holding the Option (alt) key and then double click on the hard-drive image that is named whatever your external hard-drive is named.
Once your system boots up from the external hard drive, run Carbon Copy Cloner again and repeat the process again except have the source be your external drive and have the internal drive in your G3 be the disk that has all the data copied to it. Once this is done, turn off your computer, remove the external drive, and then boot up your computer again.
You will have an exact clone of the computer that you copied the data from and will just simply need to adjust the account settings as such as you see fit.

The external drive process can be skipped if you have a firewire cable. Simply connect the firewire cable to both computers and when you turn on your G3, hold the "T" key. This will turn your G3 into an external hard drive and you just have to carbon copy the files straight to your computer's internal hard drive.
If you do not have access to another computer mac computer, then you will need to go to the Apple Store and see if the Genius Bar can install the default operating system that your computer came with.
If for some odd reason you have the contents of an Mac OS install disc copied onto a flash drive or external hard drive, you can boot from that and use it in place of a disc.

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Ok, Kernel panics are bad - something's going quite seriously wrong. But, there are several things you can do to try to prevent it:

  • Firstly, unplug any peripherals you've got plugged in, or have added recently (external drives, cameras, printers, graphics cards, etc) and see is that has any effect. The same thing used to happen to me, but I traced the problem to a cheap external hard drive.
  • Run Apple Hardware Check. Do you have the restoration disks that came with your computer? Insert Disk 1 (on some Macs you'll need disk 2 - try them both), then restart, holding down the D key. This will boot into the hardware test, which checks your Mac's hardware and reports any problems. If not, you'll need to get one, or take your Mac to an Apple Store and get them to do it.

For more information on the Apple hardware test, have a look at Apple's documentation.

I hope that helped, please get in touch if those didn't work!

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Error -61

First off, anything LACIE is bottom of the barrel. Don't take it personal, but if i have a nickel for every Lacie D2 drive I've had to recover...oh wait, sometime i got more than what people paid for them to recover what was on them........think about it for a second. Error -61 is a bad master directory block. The drive has a directory, like any book or "volume". It's where the drive stores the information based on the location of content on the drive. Which means your drive will fail soon because it will not be able to retrieve what you are putting on it, because it is internally failing.

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