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4big Quadra drive not appearing in disk utility or LaCie desktop manager

Also single blue led light on the back of the drive is blinking, all the other drives have solid blue light

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Could be defective. Try swapping power cord and usb cable with know good ones. You could also plug it into a different (known working) usb port.

Good Luck

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SOURCE: My LaCie 500GB Quadra spins and clicks. Have tried

If you can hear clicking then I am afraid there is a serious problem with the hard drive.

The noise you can hear is usually known as "the click of death" when referring to hard drives.

Make sure you use ONLY the cable that came with it or a SHORTER one.

Dont connect via a USB hub

Make sure you only user the power supply that CAME WITH IT.

Most common causes are that the drive unit was dropped or mishandled or just plain old age

There is no known cure unless the data is mission critical

In which case you could sent it to a data recovery specialist but this is usually VERY expensive.

If you are advised to place it in a freezer or anything similar then that is up to you
but my advise would be to run from the person who may give this advise.

This is very old fashioned advice and meant for very old types of drives that used to get very hot.

If it a drive that was / is from an external enclosure then you could still use the enclosure and just place a new hard drive in there.

Another way to test it it to remove it from the enclosure and connect it directly to a PC with a suitable interface eg. SATA or IDE.

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SOURCE: what are the blinking light error codes for

the interphase between the raw drive and the usb cable is faulty or blown up.
use the raw drive from the casing to power it directly to pc it would start working

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Most common causes are that the drive unit was dropped or mishandled or just plain old age

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