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I have this Lacie 1TB hard drive and i recently uploaded about 150 GB of video on it at once. I did it over night and the next morning the drive was making some noise like its working on something. Now it won't stop making that noise and the hard drive is running very slow on video playback. Can you help?

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Drive noises are typically a common and needed noise. Most run via magnetic (voice coil) technology and that is noisy. Slow play back may be related to connection, usually you need stuff on your harddrive (C:\) to avoid access delays.

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