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Can't accept Quadra 500 on my owerMac G5 Quad

Took delivery today on Quadra 500.  Shipping carton was too large and box was loose all the way from California.  Connected via firewire 800 and it never mounted.  Was told this drive was formatted for Mac but it appears that it's not.  Called MacMall, and they said to try the firewire 400.  Same problem.  I have an older LaCie 200MB drive that's worked fine for 4 years.  After the failure of the 500, the 200 wouldn't mount either (fw 400).  Wouldn't mount on my G4 laptop either.  Neither could be seen by disk utility.  However, the 200MB drive did mount using USB2.  I have a return authorization from MacMall.  Should I scrap LaCie and go with Western Digital.  Also, How can I get my 200 to work with firewire again.  Firewire connection works with digital video, so it's not the Mac.

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  • BobDerounian Dec 17, 2007

    Thank you for the attempt.  My inclination was to return the blasted thing and go with Western Digital, but I've had good luck with my old LaCie, and will use USB2 and Firewire 800 and do without the Firewire 400.  The 500 GB LaCie is very quite and works very well.  Also it comes with a 3-year factory warranty.  I hope I'm not making a mistake.  Ive read more BAD reviews on the LaCie than good ones, but take my chances.  Thanks again

  • BobDerounian Dec 20, 2007

    Again thank you.  I need a clarification on your 12/20 comment please.  Note, that both of my LaCie drives fail with FW 400.  Is it the port on the external drive or the port on the G5.  The FW 400 port works perfectly with other devices.

    Thank you for your consideration.



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Scrap LAcie!! Sounds like in this case, it may have been jostled around during shipping. None the less, Lacie drives are nothing more than bricks waiting to fail. Go Western Digital, but if oyu can, zip straight for Seagates!!!! Professional grade!! ALways check the cables, the ones that come with them are bottom bin cables, made by little singapore children with no fingers..... Invest in a good cables...a drive is only as good as the weakest datalink.

Cash on the warranty!!!

Keep me posted.

Posted on Dec 16, 2007

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    Keith Seekwhensir Dec 20, 2007

    Understand, it's because the port is failing. I am an APPLE technician, and have had to recover more Lacies, than have been posted on this site. The ports will go one at a time, as they rest on the same pcb, and are very prone to wear and tear damage. When youre talking hard discs in the hundreds of GIGs, good luck isn't a realistic factor. My posting wasn't an attempt, it was spot on. But considering all the others that have rushed to answer this post........ so youve been warned.

    Keep your rating, no thanks.

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    Keith Seekwhensir Dec 21, 2007

    Port on the Lacie!! you should be abled to process of eliminate, by plugging another device in the fw port on the G5. Check this site even for complaints on Lacie drives as apposed to G5's. Also test the Dirt cheap fw cables that came with the drives. It's bottom dollar hardware. More money goes into designing the "slick" enclosures, than the actual inner workings of the drives. But again, you could be more fair in the rating, considering, and maybe you'll realize soon, that I am spot on. The fact the 2 of the exact same items from the same company is faulty, should lead you to your answer quickly.



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