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Drive making loud clicking sound when spinning up and won't mount

I am out of Lacie warranty and opened the case to see if I could swap out the drive...when I opened it there were two drives, both identical 250GB Hitachi Deskstars. Guess this is a RAID 0 unit. Anyway, I individually tested both drives and both make that loud click sound when booting up. They do not mount on my MAC desktop.

Can I get new drives and put them in? Do they have to be the same drives or can I get larger ones? I think with the hardware RAID 0 they have to be indentical to each other...


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HI Koberlin1:

Typically, RAID0 requires identical drives.(size) If you mix brands though; there may be subtle factors that cause problems. WD's 250GB might be a "251.2GB" vs. Hitachi might have a 245.44GB ..

As long as your close (in a PC) you should be fine. However, best practice would be to match the drives.

Keep in mind with enclosures: heat is the enemy. Plastic holds heat; and the next set of drives will die the same way. At TechRx, Inc. http://techrxgb.com I recommend aluminum or some type of metal for an enclosure.








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