There is power to my Lacie external drive but the icon which was on the desk top is no longer there. Did shut-down, disconnected and reconnected all cords including power cords, checked disk utility, no icon showing.
This happened to me as well - i have been reading that it could be the power supply adaptor. If you can try another one - it might solve the problem. The adaptors seem to either be faulty or made to stop working. Great news for us the consumer!!
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Your hard dive is probably not formatted. You can check if your external hard drive is detected by the BIOS during bootup. You can also check this by Right click on taskbar > properties > startmenu > customize > advanced > scroll down completely and select system administration tools "Display on the all programs menu" > ok. Click on start > all programs > administrative tools > computer management > double click on storage. click on disk management(local) here you should see your lacie. If you dont then the drive is probably not detected. If you see, you can just partition it from here and it will appear in your my computer.
It sounds as if the enclosure has failed. IF THE DRIVE IS GETTING POWER, but not making strange noises, you may just need to extract the drive from the enclosure. Keep your fingers crossed. If the drive has been affected, data recovery may be the solution. Good luck.
if it is a USB (or you have low disc space), it does take longer to show up on desktop and patience is required... on my iBook it takes over a minute for my Brick to show up...
Whether it is USB or firewire, do try another cord (I had similar problem with my lacie firewire external... I used a different firewire cord and all was fine.
If you have tried these already, I hope you find the answer...