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Lacie 250GB External Hardive to be used between a PC and a MAC

I just recently purchased a Lacie 250GB external hard drive, formatted it for use between PCs and MACS using the PC at my work and downloaded everything I have onto it just fine. Now I have given the hard drive to my friend with a MAC who was going to down load a bunch of his stuff onto it for me as well just before I leave the province tomorrow. Unfortunately his MAC can see the hard drive but cannot access it. When he switched over to his PC it doesn't even see the hard drive at all. Can you help me at all asap? What's going on? Thank you! Romey

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Re: Lacie 250GB External Hardive to be used between a PC...

Reformat the HDD, using ANY MAC and format it as FAT32. No file larger than 4GB will be permitted, but then you can share between Windows & MAC PCs

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Re: Lacie 250GB External Hardive to be used between a PC...

Be carefull when moving data from Macs to Windows etc. Your best bet would be to start again. It should work if you get your friend to put the data on the drive & copy it directly to your Mac. From there, you can safely copy data to the PC, but may have trouble accessing that same data after the PC has had it.

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If the external hard drive has been formatted on a PC in NTFS file format then the MAC cannot read data off this hard drive.
The FIX..
Connect the USB external hard drive to a Windows computer and copy your data off this hard drive to the computer.
Then format the external hard drive in FAT32 file format. (the MAC can read and write to data to and from a Windows PC)
Now copy the your data from the computer back onto the external hard drive.
Now you can connect the external hard drive to the MAC and download your data to the MAC.

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Lacie External Drive won't turn on (blue Light doesn't go on)

Inside the LaCie D2 250GB (300770) external harddrive's case, is a 250GB IDE (PATA) harddrive that is 3.5 inches across in width.

A desktop computer sized harddrive. (May be a Western Digital WD25000JB)

The harddrive plugs into a small circuit board, (Bridge board), and the circuit board has a USB port on it.

Using this Western Digital Passport for an example,

Scroll down to the second photo, and left-click on it. The case of the external harddrive is shown open.
Inside is a 2.5 inch laptop sized harddrive.
An aluminum tape strip covers the small circuit board, attached at the back of the harddrive.

The second photo down on this page, shows you the small interface circuit board, that the harddrive plugs into, with the aluminum tape removed.

(Another design has wires coming from the small circuit board, to an interface the harddrive plugs into )

It is this small circuit board that goes bad in a LaCie. QUITE common.


1) Obtain a 3.5 inch IDE external enclosure
2) Remove the 3.5 IDE harddrive from the LaCie's case.
3) Install the harddrive out of the LaCie into the external 3.5 IDE enclosure.

An example of a 3.5 IDE (PATA) external enclosure,

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

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Trying to drag all files from itunes into lacie 250 g design by porsche hard drive and it won't let me.

Thank you for asking your question with FixYa Support.

I am not sure what type of computer you have that your LaCie is connected to, but first and foremost, make sure the external hard drive has been properly formatted to work with the operating system your computer has.
For Windows computers: the LaCie should be formatted in either FAT32 or NTFS (recommended- more secure).
How to Format a HD in Windows Vista
For Mac computers: the LaCie should be formatted in Mac OS Extended (Journaled) format.
How to format an external hard drive in Mac OS X

If your LaCie is already formatted, then the best way to import your entire iTunes library from the internal hard drive of your computer into the LaCie, especially if you are unable to drag and drop the library into you LaCie, is to try a simple copy and pasting of the ENTIRE iTunes folder from its home on your computer to the LaCie hard drive.

You can also use the website I like to reference which provides some good alternatives to effectively migrating your iTunes Library from a PC or Mac to your external hard drive:

Here is that support link:
How to Transfer iTunes Library to another Computer
(also included in this article, are external hard drives)

For sake of space, I want you to review this article, because I not only agree with its content, it is exactly what I would explain to you as well in a more condensed, easy to follow fashion.

I hope I have helped guide you well on your question.



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I think the migration assistant (in the utilities file in your application folder) can transfer files direct via USB.

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Vista (32) will not recognize my lacie d2 external harddisk

solved: after referring to the userguide, I found that I formated my drive with a OS format, which can not be recognized by VISTA >> formated to FAT32 and now it works... 

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simple just format it for PC first then it should work for both

if you format it for MAC first it will not work on the PC


PC are horrible for accessing files

mac's are more user friendly

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