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My LaCie 500GB external harddrive stopped working

We bought our hard drive around six months ago but it abruptly stopped working today. The network cables and battery are all plugged in as far as I can see but it doesn't respond when I press the blue button at all. Nothing has happened to change it's current state (on top a flat cupboard out of reach from liquids/potential damage etc.).

Please help - and would it be possible to recover the files if it has crashed?

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  • elaeye Jan 02, 2008

    Actually, I believe I posted this in the wrong place. Sorry about that

  • Phields Feb 02, 2009

    My La Cie makes noises like it's spinning but when I hook it up to the computer, it is not recognized. Can I recover my data? What should I do? I have no problem buying a new one and transferring data as long as I can recover the data.

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I have solved the problem, thanks. It was the power cord. I called LaCie and they sent a new power cord. It works fine now.

Posted on Feb 09, 2009

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It's the drive's interface. If you open up the case, take the drive out and put it into another caddy, it will work fine. I have had this problem before.

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Just buy new external

Posted on Jan 27, 2008

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