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Lacie D2 Hard Drive Power Loss (2)

Drive no longer starts up. The transformer box is making a faint electrical clicking noise, with the green power indicator flickering in time with it...

Short circuit perhaps? or blown fuse...? There is also a slightly white-ish powder around the 4 pin plug that connects directly into the back of the drive... (similar to the stuff that comes out of a battery when it knackers itself...)

I can't work out if the problem is internal to the drive or with the power supply (which would be fairly easy to replace)... Any ideas?

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Yep, its shorted out, just buy a new power unit.

Posted on Aug 02, 2009

  • JudeGraySmit Jul 26, 2011

    I had a failure on my LaCie 250gb external hard drive . Went to bed one night unit was working. Switched all my PC and accessories off. Next morning NOTHING from the LaCie unit. No green or orange light appeared. I bought an IOMAX adaptor on Amazon for £17 to check if it was a power supply problem (as I read here it was likely).This saved me money as a new power unit was over £40. I dismantled the LaCie unit to expose the IDE hard drive inside, plugged in this adapter and it powered up immediatly. Selection of 'plugs' on this adapter as can be used on SATA, ATA, IDE and 2.5 and 3.5 sizes are covered. I have now used on all my old hard drives to transfer data once thought 'lost'.

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