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LaCie FireWire drive

I have a 120GB external firewire drive and my PC won't see the drive and has issues even recognizing the internal firewire card. I am running Windows XP SP2.

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Re: LaCie FireWire drive

I would seek out the latest drivers for the card in addition to checking to see the firewire card is properly installed. I would test the cable with another or ports. The D2 has a various array and combination of Firewire ports on each model. Also, try bringing the drive to another computer, to eliminate all other variables. Always of course, properly eject external hardrives and wait for confirmation whenever disconnecting it from the computer, and allow the drive to spin down before turning it off.

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