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Clicking sound from lacie hard drive can i fix it.... I know the drive is dying or dead, i just want to be able to save as much data as possible

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Re: Clicking sound from lacie hard drive can i fix it.......

You're right, the hard drive is dying, you need to get an external hard drive and dump the entire contents onto it, or if you have another pc, you can network them and dump the files onto the other pc. ( personally, I recommend the former, you can now get external hard drives from 250 to 500 Gb quite cheaply )

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How do I fix a failing hard drive?

First and foremost backup your data if possible. Then if you have bad sectors on the hard drive you might try and run hdd regen. it is free and can get it from HIRAN'S BOOT CD 15.2. IT HAS SAVED MY TAIL MANY TIMES OVER.

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Clicking sound

The clicking noise is possibly the reader arm skipping across the platters on your hard drive
a dirty hard first clean all of the dust from your computer using a fine air blower using a vacuum cleaner with no metal piping you might short your motherboard out if metal touches anything

or a fine air blower from a compressor making sure there is no MOISTURE in the air line then give the hard drive a firm tap on one side to free up the read arm
you could run the check disk utility

Click start run type cmd then type chkdsk/r/f which willscan for and attempt to repair any bad
sectors and automatically fix any corrupt files on your hard drive

then defragment your hard drive
don't do anything while the chkdsk utility is in progress any input may damage your computer

It might be power or data trying to get a connection make sure all power and data leads are securely attached

if this fails you might have a dirty hard driver with the reader arm skipping across the platters on your hard drive

give the hard drive a firm tap on the side to free up the reader arm you might be able to get it going long enough to salvage your data or it might go for a longer time

or you might use the freeze hard drive

Jan 26, 2014 | PC Desktops

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Need help bad im in the army and deployed right now my hard drive died need to ask if i can save the data it very inportant to me

you could keep the hardrive and take to data recovery center like pc world when you get home..this is the only way i know if the drive is dead ...

Jan 14, 2009 | PC Desktops

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How to correct connection problem for two LaCie Desktop Hard Driv

Here is the support website for the LACIE products.  As far as I knowthis site simply answers questions. Sounds like the hard drives are bad to me.

Jan 07, 2009 | LaCie PC Desktops

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My LaCIe external hard drive will not open - I get a message saying that the disc is not ready and there may be a drawer open as though it is a DVD ROM - I have tried it on 3 diff computers and the message...

I am not really sure where to start here because I am a little confused about your setup here. It seems you made a great choice to keep Windows and your data on separate drives. Your primary hard drive is a really fast SATA Raptor drive, which is great, but I would never use an external hard drive for general everyday data storage. Many will probably disagree with what I have to say, but external hard drives should really be used only for temporary backup. I would never suggest using an external hard drive as your only copy of your data or for regular everyday use. There are several reasons for this:
1. External Hard drives are generally slower than Internal Drives.
2. Many of them come preformatted with Fat32, so you are limited to files no larger then 4gig.
3. They are more likely to fail because they are normally subjected to a greater likelihood of accidental bumping or dropping.
4. Many external drive enclosures are not properly cooled for continuous usage and thus lead to premature failure.
5. You often have no idea what brand of hard drive is actually inside the enclosure.

Don’t get me wrong, external hard drives are wonderful and I use them all the time. I have three LaCie 160 gig drives myself that I use all the time for temporary backup, but I rotate them so that I have 3 consecutive backups and would never use them (not just Lacie but any external drive) as my only backup or as a primary data drive. And yes, I have had to replace a few of them due to failure.

So to address your specific questions:

What went wrong?
1. Bad Cable - Well it is probably unlikely, but I would first try another USB cable just to make sure the cable is not damaged.
2. Power Supply - Try another power supply if you have or can borrow one.
3. Controller Failed – The Controller inside the Lacie has failed.
4. Drive Failure – The Hard Disk inside the Lacie has failed. Drives typically have an average 5 year lifespan, some last longer and some can fail much sooner. Unfortunately, you rarely have any warning, thus the need for backups.

Nov 05, 2008 | LaCie PC Desktops

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I need to download the LACIE setup assistant and can't find my software. Does anyone know where I can find this program to download. I need to format my Lacie drive for windows. Thanks

Please click on the below link or copy the URL and paste it in your web browser. And follow the steps. To download the drivers click on the Download which is present in the right side of the document.

Thank you.......

Sep 24, 2008 | LaCie PC Desktops

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Hi I have a Hitachi Travelstar Model: HTS548060M9AT00 DATED JAN 05 that was in my Windows 2000 Dell Laptop. When I try to start up. It starts clicking and then the computer says "boot...

Go to this site
and download either the bootable diskette image or the bootable CD image to create a bootable floppy or CD. Will needed a working computer to do this on and a working floppy or CD drive on the faulty computer. Once the troubleshooting floppy or CD is made, load it into your faulty computer and reboot that computer. If the bios on the fault computer is set to allow booting first from floppy or CD, the troubleshooting routine will be loaded by the computer as it boots up.
If you are interested in saving any data, do not format your faulty drive and do not write ' 0 ' s to the drive in the troubleshooting routine.
These troubleshooting routines will only work for Hatachi drives of your model series, waste of time to try to use them on other manufacturers' drives.
It sounds like your drive has met it's maker, the clicking you mention is normally a ' dead ' giveaway, but it may be possible that the Hatachi troubleshooting routine can help in some fashion.
Best of luck, you will probably need it.

Aug 25, 2008 | Hitachi PC Desktops

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I plugged a Lacie hard drive into my mac book pro and the light on the hard drive and on the power cord was flashing on and off but the hard drive icon would not show on my computer. i unplugged it and...

if your PC still works sounds like the circiut board in the hard drive enclosure may have can take apart the external hard drive enclosure and install the hard drive into the PC and use as a second hard drive( but be sure to jumper the slave pins on the second drive).Your PC should recognize the second drive and then you can click on my computer and the dbl click the second drive and see if your data is there.

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