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An external storage-device has four major components:
* the USB cable
* the power-adapter
* the disk-drive inside the enclosure
* the USB-to-disk-drive adapter inside the enclosure.
One of these components has failed.
Try a different USB cable.
Try connecting to a different USB port on your computer.
Try connecting to a USB port on a different computer.
Take a "multi-meter" and measure both the voltage and amperage output from the AC adapter, and compare with the specifications on the label on the adapter.
Open the enclosure, and remove the disk-drive, and then connect it as a "slave" disk-drive in a desktop computer, to see if it works at all.
Purchase a new, compatible, disk-drive, and install it in the enclosure, to "revive" your external storage device.
Get the part-number and serial-number from the label on your disk-drive, and access the manufacturer's web-site, and use "check warranty status", to see if they will replace the device, at minimal cost to you.
from the description either th drive or the 1394 logic board has failed. Try having the technicians at you local PC shop swap the actual hard drive from the Lacie enclosure into a new enclosure and test it. If it works, buy the enclosure and you're back in business, if it oesn't and you need the data on the drive comment back with your Country, State & City and I'll refer you to a good Data recovery specialist in your region.
I am not really sure where to start here because I am a little confused
about your setup here. It seems you made a great choice to keep Windows
and your data on separate drives. Your primary hard drive is a really
fast SATA Raptor drive, which is great, but I would never use an
external hard drive for general everyday data storage. Many will
probably disagree with what I have to say, but external hard drives
should really be used only for temporary backup. I would never suggest
using an external hard drive as your only copy of your data or for
regular everyday use. There are several reasons for this: 1. External Hard drives are generally slower than Internal Drives. 2. Many of them come preformatted with Fat32, so you are limited to files no larger then 4gig. 3. They are more likely to fail because they are normally subjected to a greater likelihood of accidental bumping or dropping. 4. Many external drive enclosures are not properly cooled for continuous usage and thus lead to premature failure. 5. You often have no idea what brand of hard drive is actually inside the enclosure.
get me wrong, external hard drives are wonderful and I use them all the
time. I have three LaCie 160 gig drives myself that I use all the time
for temporary backup, but I rotate them so that I have 3 consecutive
backups and would never use them (not just Lacie but any external
drive) as my only backup or as a primary data drive. And yes, I have
had to replace a few of them due to failure.
So to address your specific questions:
What went wrong? – 1. Bad Cable - Well it is probably unlikely, but I would first try another USB cable just to make sure the cable is not damaged. 2. Power Supply - Try another power supply if you have or can borrow one. 3. Controller Failed – The Controller inside the Lacie has failed. 4. Drive Failure
– The Hard Disk inside the Lacie has failed. Drives typically have an
average 5 year lifespan, some last longer and some can fail much
sooner. Unfortunately, you rarely have any warning, thus the need for
I ran into this issue this week with my lacie big disk 500G external. Unit would power on when plugged into a pc blue light would flash and nothing no connection ding from windows.
Blue front light would flash repetedly slight ticking sound from drives but no connection i finally fixed this and gained access to my data by opening up the case and pluging my pc 12v connectors into both drives to power them up but leaving them connected to the lacie internals worked instantly and ive since copyed all my data off my 500 and will just transplant the drives to internal use on my pc. you cannot connect the drives internally and then copy the data due to the fact that they are raid 0 stripped drives so this hybrid setup works if your external case isnt powering up the drive correctly as mine wasnt.
If you open it up you will see that the drive is a regular computer drive. You should be able to plug it into a computer as a secondary drive and try to get the data off. But if it's clicking and making noises there may be no hope. Sorry!
Your hard dive is probably not formatted. You can check if your external hard drive is detected by the BIOS during bootup. You can also check this by Right click on taskbar > properties > startmenu > customize > advanced > scroll down completely and select system administration tools "Display on the all programs menu" > ok. Click on start > all programs > administrative tools > computer management > double click on storage. click on disk management(local) here you should see your lacie. If you dont then the drive is probably not detected. If you see, you can just partition it from here and it will appear in your my computer.
Take a look here, problems are explained- unfortunately they don't suggest any easy fixes.
These external drives, according to this site, and my own limited experience, are merely a standard drive in a housing with the proper adaptive circuitry for USB/Firewire connection.
A couple of possibilities: open the housing, check the connections to the drive. I've seen one drive where the IDE interface cable wasn't seated properly.
If you have some tech savvy, you could remove the drive and hook it up in a standard desktop PC, then see if it can be accessed. If what the above link explains is the problem with your drive, a simple solution looks bleak.
You might also look on the 'net for drive diagnostic software. If you do open the case, note the drive brandname (Western Digital, Maxtor etc) and go to their respective website and download their diag. software.
Unfortunately, none of this may help you get your data.
Hi Jesse. Have you tried, or can you try the drive on another computer ? That's a good way to check if the drive itself is getting defective. I'd try that one first !
It could be also the firewire cable, have you tried another one ?
Else, it could be the hard drive in the lacie inclosure that's getting weak (you might wanna backup your data if you ever get it to be recognized, if there's anything that's important on it), or the lacie enclosure's firewire controller that's doing freegames.
I've seen such problems more than often, and if nothing has changed in your setup since it was working, i'm betting on the failed drive. They aren't that reliable as we know.
Hope that helps a bit. Thanks! cheebster.