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My LaCie 500GB Quadra spins and clicks. Have tried (Mac) DiskWarrior and Disk Utility, but the drive ignores them and spins, clicks, and the blue light flashes

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If you can hear clicking then I am afraid there is a serious problem with the hard drive.

The noise you can hear is usually known as "the click of death" when referring to hard drives.

Make sure you use ONLY the cable that came with it or a SHORTER one.

Dont connect via a USB hub

Make sure you only user the power supply that CAME WITH IT.

Most common causes are that the drive unit was dropped or mishandled or just plain old age

There is no known cure unless the data is mission critical

In which case you could sent it to a data recovery specialist but this is usually VERY expensive.

If you are advised to place it in a freezer or anything similar then that is up to you
but my advise would be to run from the person who may give this advise.

This is very old fashioned advice and meant for very old types of drives that used to get very hot.

If it a drive that was / is from an external enclosure then you could still use the enclosure and just place a new hard drive in there.

Another way to test it it to remove it from the enclosure and connect it directly to a PC with a suitable interface eg. SATA or IDE.

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My HD is not that old to have the clicks of death tho I am afraid it is clicking!!! :( when or how can I at the least get my money back!!??

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I had the same problem with my Lacie Quadra 750Gb. first it made a scraping noise before startup (disk was still recognized by my mac), then it made cliks while spinning and did not appear anymore on my desktop.

tried all ports but that did not work. But what did work:
I took out the Harddisk from the Lacie case (it is a Seagate Baracuda SATA), and put it in the empty internal HD slot of my Powermac G5. It appeared under the original name on my sektop, and I copied the data to the new Lacie I bought immediately....

The disk doesn't seem to make strange noises when placed in the G5 internal slot.

I will check the disk with DiskWarrior the coming days,
but somewhere on the forum I read it might be the power supply.


Paul


Posted on Sep 26, 2009

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