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Computer does not instal Lacie Big Disk

My computer is: Asus Striker Extreme motherboard with 6 Gb Gskill ram, 1 Tb internal HDD Pentium D 3.4 Ghz CPU, 2 x Nvidia 8800 GTX graphics cards (running in SLI) and a Sound blaster X-Fi sound card. It has recently been rebuilt professionaly and I wish to re instal my Big Disk external drive. I have mislaid (euphemism for lost) the installation instructions. I checked the computer properties which state the drivers for the other devices (Mass storage controller etc) are not installed. I have tried to install these from the Asus motherboard DVD but the computer cannot find them.
I am a Brit living in the interior of Oman (read desert) and use the computer for high end gaming as there is little else to do here but chase camels. Please help.

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  • goffina Dec 30, 2008

    Thanks I shall try the solution and revert



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HI Lacie's out to may be experiencing the old drivers are shot issues..get THem from the main site, and reinstall, ok?

Posted on Dec 28, 2008

    ABHISHEK.C Dec 28, 2008

    Did you format the drive using Disk Utility? Open "disk utility" from the dock icon or applications/utilities folder. Click the drive name on the left side of the disk utility window. click the "partition" tab in the window, next click the "options" tab and select GUID Partition scheme, or any Mac compatible scheme, read each explanation of the schemes. Name and resize your partitions, click apply. This is how it works running . I hope this helps you


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    How do I install a drive on Windows Vista, XP or 2000?

    LaCie drives now ship with the LaCie Setup Assistant installed. The
    LaCie Setup Assistant will automatically prepare your LaCie hard drive
    for use on your system. For instructions on the LaCie Setup Assistant
    please see our FAQ here. If
    the LaCie Setup Assistant is not provided on the drive, depending on
    the model, your hard drive is formatted Mac Extended (HFS+), Windows
    FAT32 or Windows NTFS.

  • If the drive is formatted NTFS it is ready for use with Windows Vista, XP or 2000.

  • If
    the drive is formatted FAT32 it can be used with Windows Vista, XP or
    2000 but we recommend reformatting it NTFS. Keep the drive in the FAT32
    format ONLY if you are moving it between a Mac and a PC or you will be
    connecting to a computer with Windows Me or 98SE. Note: There is a maximum 4gb file size limit with Fat32. Note:
    Not all LaCie drives are compatible with Windows 98SE or Me. If you are
    unsure if your drive is supported, please check the minimum system
    requirements in the LaCie product manual.

  • If the drive is
    formatted Mac Extended, you will need to format the drive before use.
    To determine the format of the drive, open My Computer, right-click on
    the drive icon and select Properties. Select the General Tab and look
    for “File System”.
  • Microsoft Vista users: “My Computer”
    has changed to “Computer”. Access “Computer” where these instructions
    call for “My Computer”. There are only minor changes with Vista and
    they are noted in the instructions.

    To Format or Partition the Drive
    NOTE: Formatting or partitioning the drive will erase all data on the drive.
    At this point your drive should be connected, your computer booted and logged on as Administrator (if possible).

    1. Right
      click on My Computer and select Manage. If My Computer is not available
      on the desktop it will be listed under the Start Menu.

    2. Locate the Storage Folder, open it if necessary and double click on Disk Management.

    3. If
      the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard (Write Signature Wizard in
      Windows 2000) opens, close it and use the following instructions to

    4. The drive should show in the lower section of the Computer Management window.

      • Note:
        If the Computer Management window does not appear as in these
        instructions, go to View and set Top to “Disk List” and Bottom to
        “Graphical View”.

    5. The Disk information in the left box should either say “Unknown” or “Online”.

      • If
        the Disk information in the left box shows as “Unknown”, right-click in
        the box and select “Initialize Disk”. The Disk should now show as

    6. The Initialize Disk window will appear. The disk should have a check. Click OK.

      • Vista
        will give you additional choices. Leave MRB (Master Boot Record)
        selected. You only need to select GPT if you are formatting a 2TB or
        larger drive.

    7. With
      the Disk showing as Online, right-click on the unallocated space of the
      disk in the right box and select New Partition (“Create Partition” in
      Windows 2000 and “New Simple Volume” in Vista).

      • Note: If the partition has already been formatted right-click and select Format if you wish to reformat the partition.

    8. The New Partition Wizard will open. (New Simple Volume Wizard in Vista). Select Next.

    9. Select Primary partition for the partition type. Select Next.

    10. Specify the partition size. The Partition size in MB should be the same as the Maximum Disk space in MB. Select Next

    11. Assign
      a drive letter or Path. Normally you will use the default Drive letter
      the Wizard has assigned for the partition. Select Next.

    12. Format Partition-

      • File system: Choose NTFS.

      • Note: Windows Vista, XP and 2000 are not able to create FAT32
        partitions larger than 32GB. You must create multiple 32GB partitions
        if you use FAT32 format.

      • Leave allocation unit size as Default for NTFS.

      • Volume label will be the name of the partition in My Computer.

      • Select Perform a quick format. If this is not selected, the format process can take a long time.

        • Note: If quick format does not work successfully you will need to do a full format.

    13. Select Next and then Finish. The partition will show as initializing.
      (If quick format was not selected, this can take quite a while to
      complete). When completed, the partition will have a drive letter, show
      as “Healthy” and NTFS and will be listed in the top section of the
      Computer Management window.

    14. The partition should now be available in My Computer and ready to use.


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The external hard drive does not need any additional controller/driver on Windows, if that does not work, itis either faulty, or Windows is damaged and must be reinstalled.

Posted on Dec 28, 2008

  • Ginko
    Ginko Dec 28, 2008

    Hi there,

    if the Lacie is connected throught USB , you do not need any driver to install the disk on Windows, the system is supposed to load drivers automatically.

    If the device is not detected, or not working on USB, try first unplugging computer power cable for ten minutes.

    Test also the Disk on a different connection.

    If the Lacie is connected using ethernet or wireless, then you may need to download the wireless software.


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