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G Drive Mini not mounting but can see in system profiler/firewire

PowerBook G4

My other hard drives are mounting but not my G Drive Mini 120 GB. So it is not firewire issue. My drive hums and the light turns on but doesn't mount. I do see the drive in system profiler/firewire.

??? My experiences with portable drives in the past not mouanting have lead to being told that I need to try external power even though this product is designed to not need external power.

Also curious if I need to "update the firmware" for my hard drive to mount?

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SOURCE: Having a similar problem with the La Cie 500gb. Powerbook G4.

The problem that has been inherent with all LaCie external harddrives, is the interface in the case itself.

Interface:
All external harddrives have a Style of harddrive that is used in a laptop, or one that is used in a desktop computer.
Laptop harddrives are 2-1/2 inches across in width.
Desktops are 3-1/2 inches across.
Your LaCie will have a 3.5, (3-1/2) inch desktop style harddrive, inside the case.

There are two main Types of harddrives.
IDE and SATA. (There is also a newcomer. SSD. SSD isn't being used in LaCie external harddrives at the moment, to my knowledge)

Your LaCie will use a SATA harddrive inside it.
This is an example of an average SATA harddrive,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hdd.jpg
The photo of this harddrive is tilted at an angle, that doesn't readily show the interface connection, but it helps to explain.

At the bottom of this harddrive in the photo, and to the left, is the interface area.

Viewing the harddrive, look at the four metal pins on the extreme right of the harddrive. To the left of these pins is the Jumper pin area. (Has a white jumper on two of those pins)

To the left of the Jumper area is an opening, and to the left of that, is a long slot. The first small slot area is for the 7-pin Interface cable.
(Data cable) The next slot to the left, is for the 15-pin power cable.

This 7-pin Interface mates up to socket holes in a connector, of the case of the LaCie external harddrive.

It is this interface connector, inside the LaCie external harddrive case, that is the problem.
Solution?
Buy a quality, in-expensive External Enclosure, take the harddrive out of the LaCie, and install it in this enclosure.

Examples of 3.5 Sata External Enclosures,
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=2780&name=3.5-eSATA-enclosure&Nav=|c:2778|&Sort=0&Recs=10
(From $15 to $35, is a good range for a decent external enclosure)

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Connect the power adapter source for the drive and verify it powers up. The connect the USB.

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SOURCE: drivers wont mount. tried to mount them on a Star

When you turn the drive on, does the indicator lamp flash once and then is dark? If so, that indicates a defective hard drive. When you mounted the drive in the Star Tech drive reader, did it spin up? If not, that would confirm a defective drive. If you need more help, please call HitachiGST Tech Support M-F 8AM to 6PM PST at 1.888.426.5214 and a technician will be happy to help you.

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