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Lacie 500gb rapidly blinking blue light

When i plug the (external) drive in and turn it on i can hear the drive start up but it doesn't show up under "computer management".

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  • tomorrow_in Mar 10, 2009

    I haven't used my hard drive for a few months and when I tried to use it this morning, it wouldn't boot and the blue light was blinking. The hard drive was also making a clicking sound.


    I tried restarting it and checking the power supply, but it still doesn't work.

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2009

    I have the same drive with the same problem. Windows detects a USB device, but doesn't know its a hard drive. Same issue on multiple computers with this drive. The blue light just blinks. According to the manual, that means activity. I've seen some other stuff online that indicates its a power supply failure...

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SOURCE: Lacie hard drive 500gb

Ther is no problam remove from the system and re fit the drive this type of opration do rarley but dont do regulary only some times

Posted on Jul 23, 2008

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SOURCE: Lacie 500Gb Hard Drive Porsche design

Hallo,
my disk, when on, is not recognised by Windows while the light is flashing between yellow and orange fast (like a car's flash -faster-). please could anyone help me? - i need my data!

Thank you.

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zzptichka
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SOURCE: Is my LaCie External USB 2.0 500GB fried/dead???

Does it make any clicking/clunking sounds like any of these?
If yes - it's really bad and there's nothing you could by yourself..
If it sounds normal or doesn't spin up at all then try to remove it from enclosure and connect directly to a PC.

Posted on Nov 08, 2008

oblivion2k
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SOURCE: LaCie 500GB was formatted for MAC and given for

You will need to format the device for Windows use. If you can see the device in My Computer, right click it and select format. if you can't see it in My Computer, you will need to use a boot tool such as Gparted: http://gparted.sourceforge.net/download.php
Download the .iso file and burn it as an image to a cd, then boot from the CD at startup. It should detect the 500 Gb drive and allow you to format it to NTFS. Then Windows will recognize it.

Posted on Mar 09, 2009

greg_margo
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SOURCE: Lacie 500gb quadra external drive won't boot using USB cables.

Microsoft has had some issues in regard to external devices (especially after running some updates). There is a registry patch for this situation. Click below to install the patch. It should fix your external drive problem. All the best!
Greg

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925196#fixit4me

Posted on May 19, 2009

Professeur_D
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SOURCE: My Mac suddenly cannot find my Lacie external

A continuous flashing light on a Lacie drive is a notification of a problem. I do wonder if the light is flashing the same if the drive is plugged in to the Mac or unplugged.

Lacie external drives tend to have power-supplies which become weak/bad. Most users replace the supply and it will work again for awhile until the supply dies again. Try bringing the drive to a retail dealer with Lacie drives -ask them if you can just test your drive with another power-supply (if you do not have another). You can also try calling Lacie, it's always slightly possible they will be aware of this problem.

Alternately, IF the light is only flashing when the drive is plugged-in to the computer, try using a different USB or Firewire cable.


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