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Unable to read Lacie external drive

I have an old Lacie 120Gb HD and I can not see the drive on my Vista laptop. I have not used the HD for about three years and it may have been used on a Mac system previous. The blue light does come on. The sn is 013334255. Was there some special software that I need to read this drive?

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  • cath2683 Apr 21, 2009

    Thanks for this! I have exactly the same problem. Tried checking in device manager - its there but listed as an "unknown device".

    In disk management the lacie drive doesn't show up.

    What other trouble shooting can i try?!

    Thanks so much in advance.

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Hi!

Try right clicking Computer (in the start menu or shown on desktop as "My Computer") and clicking Manage. Then when that pops up, jump into Disk Management (left hand side). See if it shows up there. Often it can just be the fact that you need to right click the drive and click "Change drive letters". Post back if it doesn't show up there and we can try some other troubleshooting.

You could also try checking to see in Device Manager (also in that manage screen to the left bit) and then click Disk Drives and see if it shows up in there at all.

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