20 Most Recent LaCie Rugged All-Terrain (301175) 160 GB FireWire 400 (1394a) Hard Drive Questions & Answers

I was going to suggest Recuva but if connecting the drive crashes your system that may not help.

You will probably need data recovery help. This guy does it remotely over the Internet and works off of donations.

Or if you need a data recovery lab this guy is the least expensive.

LaCie Rugged... | Answered on Jul 25, 2011

An external storage-device has four major components:

* the USB cable

* the power-adapter

* the disk-drive inside the enclosure

* the USB-to-disk-drive adapter inside the enclosure.

One of these components has failed.

Try a different USB cable.

Try connecting to a different USB port on your computer.

Try connecting to a USB port on a different computer.

Take a "multi-meter" and measure both the voltage and amperage output from the AC adapter, and compare with the specifications on the label on the adapter.

Open the enclosure, and remove the disk-drive, and then connect it as a "slave" disk-drive in a desktop computer, to see if it works at all.

Purchase a new, compatible, disk-drive, and install it in the enclosure, to "revive" your external storage device.

Get the part-number and serial-number from the label on your disk-drive, and access the manufacturer's web-site, and use "check warranty status", to see if they will replace the device, at minimal cost to you.

There exist commercial "data recovery" services that can try to repair your device, just long-enough to rescue and copy your files. For example, see: https://services.seagate.com/index.aspx?lng=en-US for a "no data - no charge" guarantee.

LaCie Rugged... | Answered on Dec 23, 2010

This error happens when the location to where the library is stored is inaccessible. I'm afraid your hard disk has died and everything you had on it is lost.
Last hope attempt: take the hard disk out of its case and put it directly in your Mac. If the disk is still alive it will show up when you boot - use what little life it still has to copy all your files from it then junk it.

LaCie Rugged... | Answered on Aug 09, 2010

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Open the external hard drive cover, remove the hard disk inside, and fix it back. Try again and let's see what happens.

If it still does not work, insert the external drive into the computer, feel the hard drive if it spins/vibrate from inside or if it makes a cracking noise.

If it spins/vibrate, it means the hard disk is still working. In that case, you have to get another external drive case/cover.

But if it makes cracking noise, then it means the hard drive is damaged and you need to get another one.

I wish you all the best.

LaCie Rugged... | Answered on Jan 11, 2010

Usually stuff like this does not like to be hit on the floor. I'll advice that try 2 loose it and see why it is not firing up, you might be lucky to find the problem, or maybe you leave it for some time, it might come up the next time you plug it.

Take care

LaCie Rugged... | Answered on Nov 10, 2009

Try running a chkdsk on the device (from Instruments -> Check for Errors).

If no errors are founds, it's unlikely that a reformat might help (but you might try. If the device holds no data, you risk nothing).

It could be that the device isn't always getting enough power to go by: try plugging it into another computer, or use an externally powered firewire hub such as the Belkin F5U624eaAP.

LaCie Rugged... | Answered on Oct 26, 2009

you may need to add that drive, under the my computer panel

LaCie Rugged... | Answered on May 14, 2009

Yepp, he probably formatid it to mac.
Windows cant read the mac-files

Good luck to you

If you find my answer helpfull, dont forget to vote

LaCie Rugged... | Answered on Dec 17, 2008

You'd probably be better off with a new external drive case. It takes special gear to solder the wires back to the board although a decent electronics repair shop could do it. Their rates would exceed or come close to the cost of another enclosure.

Is the little hard drive inside about 2 1/2 inches long?


LaCie Rugged... | Answered on Jun 16, 2008


Connecting the connector is pretty easy. Each connection has pin numbers assigned to them. Normally, the red wire on your connector attaches to pin 1. This is usually the furthest to the right. Still, all connectors are keyed. That is to say they can only be connected one way and not upside down. If you find the connector does not want to easily attach DO NOT force it, flip it over and try again, it should attach easily now.

If you need an illustration, let me know and yes you can post a photo just to be safe, if you choose.

Regards, and ask for any further clarification you may need. I'm here to fix your problem.

LaCie Rugged... | Answered on Jun 08, 2008

Just an idea. When you set pass words or any important information write all information in a note book and keep it in a drawer someplace where you will not lose it. When things change write the new ones down and cross out the old ones. I save a lot of head aches that way.

LaCie Computers... | Answered on Jan 22, 2019

Pushing in the paperclip should unlock it, but if still jammed, may have to wreck drive by pulling off front of drive drawer thing. Maybe try putty knife to push cd down some of that's holding it from opening.

LaCie Computers... | Answered on Jan 22, 2019

Replace perhaps, but repair is most difficult. The electronics are miniature and it takes special tools to do repairs.

LaCie Computers... | Answered on Jan 02, 2019

Two ways this can go. If you are talking about the entire hard drive pulling it out and plugging the whole drive into another pc. Then you're fine

If you are talking about disassembling the hard drive and moving the disks inside. This is not something you can do.
This is what you will need.
1) a certified clean room surgical grade
2) tape
3) A matching drive/ hd board down to revision number
4) presision screw tools.
5) patience.

Or you will need to contact a professional data recover company.

LaCie Computers... | Answered on Dec 29, 2018

You need a new driver for sure, and here you can find it driverupdate us. This tool usually keep my drivers up to date (perfectly for now)
take a look

LaCie Computers... | Answered on Sep 14, 2018

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