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La Cie External Hard Drive 160 gig

My Lacie is connected to an imac g4 and is suddenly making weird clicking noises and at times hangs up my computer with the ever spinning ball. I am wondering if it is dying on me or maybe it is another problem. It is connected by firewire to the imac. Thank you for any information that can help me solve this problem.

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Re: La Cie External Hard Drive 160 gig

Sounds like hd is getting hot via firewire try and use the usb lead if same problem then get your files off quick and repace drive any thing above 80 gig will get hot in use that's why I use harddrive coolers on my large 300gig 400gig internal and only use my 250 gigs and 160 gig only when i need the files off they are turned off all time

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A clicking noise from a harddrive is defenenly NOT a good thing. It usually means that the harddrive is going bad.

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