Arghhhh!!! Problems with my Lacie Brick crashing my Mac
Hi there...hopefully you can offer me some suggestions on what to do about this. Okay, so here's the deal. I've had my Lacie 250GB external (the red lego one) for about 2 years now...I have had no problems with it up until now. I work on a PowerMac G5 and store my client files on my Lacie so they're not sitting on the Mac. Problem is, about 4 days ago, every time I power up my mac when it's connected to the Lacie (even if the power is off on the Lacie), inevitably in between 5-20 mins, the mac will crash...saying "your computer needs to be restarted". I have found that the only way I can keep the mac stable is to disconnect the Lacie altogether so that it won't crash on me. Problem is...my client files are on the Lacie and I normally keep it powered up all day so that I can move files back and forth while I'm working. Any suggestions as to what I can do? Have you ever heard of this happening? I don't think it's a problem with the computer itself, because it seems to run normal when it's not connected to the Lacie. I've had macs now for almost 10 years and have never crashed one more than this G5 because of this problem. Help please!!!!
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what system. a hard drive has no graphics. its just a brick of spinning memory media. tell the helper what system you have exactly with model name and numbers. LACEI what.? what id you plug it into. MAC, PC? Linux ,what? be specific. please. (and better answers arrive for free)
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.
The message you are getting is refering to removing the Lacie before disconnecting it.
Just as you eject a drive before unplugging the cables to prevent corruption you must do the same before going to sleep as turning off the power to your USB ports(which happens in sleep mode) is no different than unplugging the drive without ejecting the drive when the computer is running.
If your Mac is set to go to sleep and save power when it is not in use then you should only plug your Lacie in when you are using it and should eject the Lacie before going to Sleep.
Failure to do so will eventually result in a loss of data.
If you have already lost data from a Mac formatted Lacie drive then you should refer to the below link for assistance in recovering your files, if not simply follow the above steps and you should not have any problems as a result of your Mac going to Sleep.
Both power adaptors are 4 pin, ITHINK that the Porsche that you have is the same as mine which has the smaller (4 pin DIN) plug
34W power supply.
But check on LaCie's site:
Hope this helps.
Try formatting it first. If it is not possible to format this way, try to format the drive from the command prompt Start - Run - type 'cmd' . once inside the command prompt, type the command format drive: where drive is the drive letter
wow..you'll need to get a data recovery expert to 'snapshot' your drive to attempt to recover your data. I'd suggest that the 'drop' did a major mechanical deal, like a head impact crash. Not good. A local tech store/computer shop MIGHT have the tools to extract the data. Last time I checked, it runs from 100 to 300 bucks, depending on what kind of files are retrieved.