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LaCie firewire 400 cannot be read by computer apple Mac g5

Hello all and i hope someone could help about my problem i have a lacie 300gb until recently it was working without any problems last time i switched it off i turned it off through the back button in the device instead of dragging the icon to the trash bin then turn it off, when i try to use the device again, it did not work, i have a apple mac g5 without the intel processor, my lacie only have a year, and i could see that it appears on the system profile and i disk utility when i did verify the disk it comes with the following error:

Verify and Repair disk “LACIE”
** /dev/disk1s1
** Phase 1 - Read FAT
** Phase 2 - Check Cluster Chains
** Phase 3 - Checking Directories
Unable to read directory (Input/output error)
Error: The underlying task reported failure on exit


1 non HFS volume checked
1 volume could not be repaired because of an error

dont know what else to do and i hope i havent lost all the info within the Lacie, so any help would be welcome, and thanks for it.

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Whenever there is an HFS Volume could not be repaired issue, that means that your hard drive's existing volume has been damaged and may not be retrievable. In most cases like this, you would be advised to perform an Erase and Install to correct the damaged directory on your portable HD. However, as I understand that is not what you want to do, you may want to research Mac Utility software like these titles below:

Disc Warrior 4.1
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Tech Tools Pro 5.0 (for Macs from Micromat)

Drive Genius 2 - Mac (for Macs from Prosoft Engineering)

These are three of the better hard drive diagnostics, repair and directory rebuilding software on the market for Mac Users. I have used them a number of times as a professional onsite Certified Mac technician and they have helped me to help the customers I assisted many times over.

These Mac Utility software all have a price point of under $100.00 and when you are able to experience just how well they work, you find it is worth the investment.

an HFS volume error is repairable with the right software and these utilities are your best option aside from outright erasing and installing your Lacie HD.

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Your drive is formatted as FAT - which is more a WIndows format than a Mac one (HFS+). You might need a specialist repair tool like Tech Tool Pro to rebuild the directory.

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You need a 3rd party disc utility to repair the directories, your info is safe but the map is corrupted so it cant be found, I use a prosoft product and it allways works

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