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Lacie HD won't open..no icon on desktop?

All cables plugged in properly, but no icon appears on th desktop? I have data stored on this external drive, so I am most anxious to get this thing going. I have an iMac..

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  • kategrillo Apr 01, 2009

    Lacie is plugged in, the device turns on, the light is on and you can hear it working but the icon does not show up on the desktop. I've even tried it on 3 different macs and tried new cords ... help!

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I have the same problem, it was working but just stopped for no reason, even tried new leads but still no joy.

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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,

http://www.xbitlabs.com/misc/picture/?src=/images/storage/wd-passport-250gb/p3.jpg&1=1

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.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/storage/display/wd-passport-250gb_2.html

(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.

Solution?

Simple.
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,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1733195&CatId=2779

For additional questions please post in a Comment.
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joecoolvette

Jul 19, 2012 | LaCie (300770) 250 GB Hard Drive

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I have the Lacie Minidisk Ethernet 500 GB that contains all my house PC backup. I both an USB Minidisk Lacie (1 GB) in order to use MySafe feature but it never worked.


Hello Elio,

Use MySafe to back up the files stored on the Ethernet Disk mini Home to an attached USB storage device. This way, if files on the Ethernet Disk mini are damaged or accidentally deleted, you can restore them to their original locations.
There are three main steps to using MySafe,Connecting an external USB hard drive,Backing up files to the external USB hard drive,Restoring files to the Ethernet Disk mini (if necessary)
Before you can back up files, you need to connect a hard drive to your Ethernet Disk mini via the USB port on the back. Use a hard drive that is USB 2.0 compatible.
While connecting an external hard drive make sure your Ethernet Disk mini is turned on and connected to your network.Turn on the external USB hard drive.Connect the external hard drive's USB cable to the USB port on the back of the Ethernet Disk mini, just like you would connect the external hard drive to your computer.Confirm that the drive is properly connected. Log in and click on the Administer HipServ link. Click on USB External Storage under System.
To back up files, navigate to the file or folder you want to back up to the external hard drive and click on the disk icon in the "Backup" column of the file list.When you back up files to MySafe, the Ethernet Disk mini duplicates the file path in MySafe so that everything you back up is organized in MySafe just as in its original location. So, if you copy a file from MyLibrary, a MyLibrary folder will appear in MySafe, with all folders leading to the backed up file.

Always click the Safely Remove Drive button on the USB External Storage before unplugging your MySafe external hard drive. Wait for the interface to change and for the Use Drive button to appear before disconnecting the USB cable from the Ethernet Disk mini. Failure to safely remove your external hard drive before disconnecting the USB cable can cause data loss and/or damage the drive. Always use the Safely Remove Drive feature when disconnecting an external hard drive.

Jun 03, 2011 | LaCie Ethernet Disk Mini, 500 GB Hard Disk...

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Lacie drive runs when plugged into the computer but the icon no longer appears on desktop and drive is unavailable.


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.

Nov 10, 2010 | LaCie (300770) 250 GB Hard Drive

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My Lacie HD will not show up on my MacBookPro when plugged


Brand new? It needs to be formatted / erased with the disk utility to work with your mac.

Jul 07, 2009 | LaCie (300728U) 250 GB Hard Drive

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LaCie BIG HD suddenly invisible to my Mac


Hi,

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.


Hop this helps FixYa,

Chris

Jun 27, 2009 | LaCie Big Disk Extreme with Triple...

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Lacie hard drive nonfunctional


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.

Mar 02, 2008 | LaCie External USB 2.0 500GB 7200 RPM 500...

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Lacie 120GB dropped


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!

Jan 23, 2008 | LaCie Design by F. A. Porsche 160 GB Hard...

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Lacie sounds like its working , but i can't find the icon on computer


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.

Dec 24, 2007 | LaCie (301015) 120 GB Hard Drive

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I cannot see my lacie drive on my destop


Take a look here, problems are explained- unfortunately they don't suggest any easy fixes. http://www.dataclinic.co.uk/data-recovery-lacie-big-external-disk.htm 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.

Aug 20, 2007 | LaCie (300728U) 250 GB Hard Drive

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Can't Connect


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.

Jun 18, 2007 | LaCie (300740) 160 GB Hard Drive

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