Bought the drive, reformatted it for my mac - worked fine.
Then, suddenly, nothing. The light, when inactive was dim, stayed bright (is if drive were in use). After a few days, the problem fixed itself.
Now, the problem is back. I'm looking for a way to fix it, so I can remove my files from the drive and replace it with a better, more reliable model.
The Drive shows up in system profile.
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Did you use this drive on the Mac previously? I've had problems with some drives formatted under windows that were not seen on the Mac.
If you previously used it on a windows machine you may have to reformat it with the Mac.
Hopefully, You still have a Windows machine available to you. First Place the data on the drive onto a Windows machine. Reformat the drive on your Mac. Copy the information back on the drive. It should now work for you.
Have you tried to connect the drive to a different computer? You can also try to open Disk Utility (use spotlight search to find it). My guess is it doesn't show up there which means there is a problem with the Buffalo device. The disk is most likely fine, just the Buffalo casing needs to be replaced.
Check the file system of your hard drive. If your PC is recognizing it, check if its a FAT or NTFS. If it is NTFS then you have to reformat it using your Mac and choose FAT. Mac OS recognizes NTFS as a read only drive. If you plan using it with your PC and MAC you should format it using your mac and choose MS-DOS in disc Utility. You cannot format the drive using your PC Computer with a FAT file system because of the capacity. Only Mac can format it with a FAT file system.
from the description either th drive or the 1394 logic board has failed. Try having the technicians at you local PC shop swap the actual hard drive from the Lacie enclosure into a new enclosure and test it. If it works, buy the enclosure and you're back in business, if it oesn't and you need the data on the drive comment back with your Country, State & City and I'll refer you to a good Data recovery specialist in your region.
Likely the saulders on the circuit board are broken. If you are very skillfull and own a fine tipped sauldering device it's possible to repair it yourself although not highly advisable.
If you'd prefer to have a pro look at it for you, just comment back with your region(country and city) and I will recommend an appropriate facility.
hate to have bad news, but it's sounding like the drive may have gone bad...the restarts prior were warnings that it was on the way out... I would make sure you've got another drive, hook them both up and if you power up the suspect drive, you may get lucky enough to boot it up for a short while and maybe long enough to transfer some files to the newer drive.... good luck... Also, be sure that all your computer and periferals are connected to power via a power surge protection device... I've lost a few tv's and printers becuase I was too lazy or in too big a hurry...then a voltage spike trashed my stuff... Hope this helps..