If your computer recognized the hard drive before you have installed your last operating sistem(s) that can be the problem. Your operating sistem or BIOS is not seeing your hard drive any more. Installing a new operating sistem is going to solve your problem but try another one, not the operating sistem you used until now.
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There should be no need for a driver for an external hard drive by any manufacturer, so if the drive is not working with your Mac, then I would say that either the drive is formatted in a standard that the Mac does not know or it is not formatted at all. In either case, try it on another machine (especially if you have a Windows-based machine available to you) and see whether the drive works (as it could also be a defective drive). If so, then that would just indicate that there is a problem with the drive being recognized by the Mac and, therefore, you just need to determine the problem in communication between the Mac and the drive. At that point, I would suggest getting in touch with a local computer support professional to assist you and get you up and running.
Some PC's cannot deliver enough power to the USB devices to function properly through the USB port.
Does your Lacie hard disk have a power input connector if so conect a power adapter to it before you put it into your USB port.
Another alternative, get a powered USB hub connect it into your computer then connect the Lacie hard drive to the powered USB hub.
Don't know about the MAC part, but an I/O error implies that the either the source file cannot be read or the destination drive will not write. This is usually an indicator of a bad HDD. To check, I would attempt to connect the external drive to another computer. If it still gives the same indication, contact the drive manufacturer about data recovery recommendations
Hi, I have just checked the LACIE website,
So Google LACIE, click the second result
[Lacie's own site] you will get a page up with a choice box, select Australia/go
click the desktop HDD. click the 500Gb usb,
this will give you a page with a support and a download link. click download, here you will find a manual and drivers.