Question about LaCie 500GB d2 Quadra 500 GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive

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My LaCie 500GB Quadra suddenly stooped being seen by my Mac

I also plugged it into my Macbook, and it did not read it either.

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  • randy_lori May 27, 2009

    Sorry,
    I do not understand most of what you described. This hard drive just quit working. I am noticing that there are quite a few other LaCie owners experiencing the same issue.
    I tried a new fire wire connection, and I also tried a different USB connection. I re-booted my computer (MAC) holding down the "option" "apple" "R" and "P" keys for three chimes. No luck.
    I plugged the LaCie into my Macbook laptop, and the laptop also did not read it.

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Sorry to inform you, but there's a possibility that the HD already quit working. There could be some sectors that became bad. But, if the HD icon is not mounting on the Mac screen, that doesn't mean that the HD is already defective. You may follow the steps below:

If you are using a Mac Tiger (10.4.X) or Mac Leopard (10.5.X), here are the steps:

1. Connect your hard drive (HD) to the computer using either USB or FireWire cable.
2. Click the 'Go' menu (located neer the Apple icon, Finder, File, Edit and View).
3. Select 'Utilities' and then click on the Disk Utility icon.
4. On the left side of the window, check if there's a HD that will show up that is around 4.98GB or almost 500.
5. If there is, click it because it could be your LaCie 500GB. And once you click it, you will see if the HD is healthy or unallocated disk space.
6. If it showed up as 'Unallocated space', meaning, you need to reformat the hard drive.

NOTE: Reformatting the hard drive will erase all the files inside of it. You may bring it to the nearest data recovery center in your area (any computer store that offers data retrieval).

TO REFORMAT YOUR HARD DRIVE:

1. After locating the HD under the Disk Management, click the HD on the left side panel of the window
2. Locate and click the 'Erase' tab.
3. For the volume Format, select Mac OS (Journaled) - if you're going to connect your HD into Mac computers only. But if you're planning to use it in a Windows based computer, the volume format should be MS-DOS File System and the HD will be usable either in Mac or PC.
4. Volume name: you may put your name on it.
5. Click the Erase button and another small window will show up asking if you're sure to erase it.

NOTE: If the HD will not show up even under the Disk Management, then the HD could be defective. And again, there are some data recovery center that can crack and retrieve the important files inside your HD.

Good luck and have a great day!

Posted on May 27, 2009

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Hi,

ok is this on ur startup? (POST) does it say no HDD detected?
if so check the following:

ur HDDis set to master. therefore the little clip on the back and to the right is set over the master pins, this is diff, depending on what HDD it is, look on the top of the HDD it will say... also make sure if u are using ID-0 cables that u have it in the master plug, (the end one) also check to see if the cable is securely connected to the computer on the motherboard (i advise u to use a static grounding device btw)

then boot the computer and enter the BIOS. you click delete when u computer is booting up then check to see that the HDD is set as the main boot device, then cd the floppy.

Thanks

Posted on May 27, 2009

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