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I have had simular problems with one of these. It can be due to the drive not starting up or shutting down properly or a powers issue.
I woud recomend dissconecting all leads from the back of the hard drive.
Now plug in just the mains power. Now turn the drive on and let it boot up until the light stops flashing. Let it stay constant for a while, now press the power/led button to let it shut down properly on it's own.
Now turn of your mac. with the hard drive still OFF, connect the fire wire to you're mac and HD. Now power up the Mac. If the HD does not power up on it's own, turn it on now.
Hopefully all should be ok now.
If not, try to test it on a PC. It may sound strange, but it can make a difference. Now do all the above again.
Ok another thing is to try a psu. Hopefully you know someone with a drive you can ask to test their power supply with.. Try all of the above things again? Any joy? if it all workd ok with their power supply and not your's, your mains transformer is bust. It's caused by a capcitor that blows (quite common). If your drive is recent, you may be able to harrass Lacie for a new one, if not I managed to get a Lacie psu from ebay for around £25.00+p&p on ebay.
A final thing to check is what firewire version your mac is against the firwire version of the lacie. Sometimes this can give issues.
Hope this helps.
Try disconnecting the usb cable from the drive and take the drive to a quiet place.
Power up the drive and put your ear next to it. Listen for the internal
disk to speed up and then click (which means it's ready). At this point
you should have a solid blue LED on the enclosure.
If not, either the disk is bad, the enclosure's controller is bad, or
the external power brick is bad (put your ear next to the power brick
and if you hear a faint clicking sound, the power brick is bad and you
can order a new one from LaCie for about $16.00.
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.
Did you format the drive using Disk Utility? Open "disk utility" from the dock icon or applications/utilities folder. Click the drive name on the left side of the disk utility window. click the "partition" tab in the window, next click the "options" tab and select GUID Partition scheme, or any Mac compatible scheme, read each explanation of the schemes. Name and resize your partitions, click apply. This is how it works running Leopard, not positive if the same applies to Tiger. I hope this helps you
I support the comments of (fire sine) I have the d2 120gb Lacie and it was down for two years. I took it to my apple guys and they said that I needed to go to a data recovery service which would cost a gang of money. Come to find out, when I decided to update my internal hard drive on my Mac Pro, I had to buy a SATA, IDE, USB 2.0 adapter to back up the internal and transfer to the new internal. Long story short, something said, Hey try and open the Lacie and bypass the board in the enclosure and connect directly to the Western Digital drive inside. AND WHALA! I got my info, so all I need is a new enclosure.
have you had this drive long if new then go to the control pannel on the mac and find the Amiistrative Tools open then computer managment open then Disk Mangement then open and find the unallcated drive then properties then partition format partition then go to nxt step then follow till end excepting all defaults
as hdd is formated for pc not mac so id is needed to be reconised on mac.
close all windows then in my computer
you should now see hard drive letter if not turn off drive then return on.