I have a problem with my Lacie 25oGB harddisk. Its about 2 -3 years old, and so far everything has worked ok.
Last week when I tried to use it, my Laptop didn´t recognize it at all. No sign that a USB device had been connected. The poewerlight on the cover of the laciewent on just normally.
First there was an normal noice from the harddisk, but then there was a louder "noice" something that sounded like a mobilephone getting a sms.
This sound repeated after some time?
I was told that it is the datacard in the Porshechassi which tries to get the contact with the hardisk own datacard, and when it cant find it, it gives the sound
Could this be the case? And is there anything to do? Is it possible to change the hardisks own card if I find a similar harddisk. There are some photos that I would like to save.
Sorry for my bad english, hope you will undestand the problem.
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Try connecting the Lacie to another computer, if it doesn't work then the hard disk may need to be formatted using Disk Manager. I suggest you format as a primary partition in FAT32.
If it doesn't work then it is possible that the hard drive in the Lacie has failed. To test the hard drive, remove it and connect it to an USB hard drive adapter and connect it to a working computer's USB port. If it deosn't detect it as an external drive and you connot open folders and files then it is faulty. You can install a new hard drive in the Lacie and then format in FAT32
There are companies that can recover data from faulty hard drives BUT it will cost you an arm and a leg for their services.
Couple of things. Lacie power supplies are notorious for their failure rates. Don't buy a new one just phone lacie and they will send you a new one no questions asked (that's how bad they are!)
Second, the circuit boards in some are pretty poor and the FW sockets can actually break off.
I used to recommend lacie to my clients - but not any more.
conect your harddisk to computer whch has windows xp. Then go to start emnu then type in run 'cmd"
then you can see command propmt. Then go to your external drive letter like f: then type 'chkdsk /r" then pres "y' then it fix error on hardisk. Aslo you can format it . Just take backup of data which you need then right clik on drive licon and format it.then it works fine.
First check the LaCie power supply. I have a D2 HARD DISK EXTREME 250GB model 300770 that had this exact problem. I swapped out the power supply for the higher wattage unit from LaCie and presto, the drive functioned properly. Not saying this will fix your problem but I have personally had this exact problem. If not take the drive and mount it in a PC IDE/EIDE disk slot and see if you can mount the drive and recover your data (points to LaCie controller problem). Note opening the drive invalidates your LaCie warranty. Also note the warranty on my drive was one years and had long since passed. If that does not work, your last alternative it to use a disk data recovery service but that is big $$$$s. Bon Chance!
IF the old PC motherboard will recognize the drive while booting up, Windows 98 will also see the drive after boot-up. You may have to reformat the drive into smaller partitions.
All you have to do is physically install the drive in your old computer and attempt to boot. After the computer boots up, if the drive does not show up shut down and put the drive back in your old computer. Use the manufacturer's partitioning software available on their website to change the drive from one 250 Gb partitions to five 50 Gb partitions.
The internal Drive is a standard 3.5 inch IDE 7200RPM unit. you can indeed upgrade this to a 1TB drive as long as it's IDE wether 2.5 or 3.5. Luckily when Lacie was originally offering these drives you could get these in 1TB, so that won't be an issue.