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Lacie harddrives All not showing up

Hello. I have an old G4 One processor tower.  It  is used as the work horse for a closed printing system for art giclee's.  The Mac has never been connected to the internet. The Operating system is OS9.2.2.  I have had LaCie HD for ever and never had a problem with any of them, ever.  I never even registered them for they were simply plug in and play and I was not connected to the internet.  I have a 54,64,three 80, three 250,and two 580.  I had only one of the 580 hooked up to the AC and computer, but now NON of them show up on the computer.  I believe the problem began when I used a thumb drive connected to my new leopard to adjust a jpeg picture on my G4.  I finally got my other peripherals working but non of the HD show up.  I have reinstalled their software, still nothing.  I called LaCie they are sending me a new AC adapter. This is strange since I had two LaCie's and was only using one, I was able to try the hardly used cord.  All of my information is on these drives.  My computer is recognizing everything else, cameras, printers, scanners, everything.  I have ordered a new Adaptic 3 port just incase the ports are bad, but I have tried the HD with the USB connector in ports that work for other peripherals and still nothing! This is completely perplexing. Any ideas? Thanks for the thoughts. christy

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    Hi I have the same problem. I have a Powermac G4 (AGP) running 0S9 at home that has never been able to read any external lacie hardrives. This problem has been going on since I bought the computer. The thing is at work I had the same G4 which worked fine with the same external drive (the idea was to be able to transfer files between the two). Over the years the computers at work have been upgraded now running powerpc g5 with 0S 10.4.5 and a power pc g4 running the same. They all work with the external hard drive but my poor mac at home just can't see the drive. All I want to do is copy everything off my hard drive so I can upgrade the damn thing! Any solutions would be gratefully received. (PS spoke to the IT guys at work at the time an all they could say was it should work, just plug it in the firewire, and I said it doesn't work and they said well don't know then, it should...)

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My guess is that your thumb drive was somehow
infected with a virus!
( The thumb drive has probably been connected to internet)
It sound like a virus infection because all the drives
has been affected !
Hope this help! Please vote

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