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Re: lacie mobile external hard drive
Not sure if you meant "My Computer". You should see the drive there. Did you see you the computer install the drive when you hooked it up? You may need to unplug it then hook it back up so the computer can find and install any drivers.
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for the product that you selected for your question, it is impossible for the LaCie Network Assistant to see it because it is a Local drive (USB).
The LaCie Network Assistant only detects the Network LaCie drives.
Hi... Problem with your external hard drive, pc don'trecognize it...
it possible you have bad sector in your disk drive, or your usb cable is not responding.... the best way to find out open your box then take off our hard drive and install it into a pc and see if the hard drive work... or you box it self the controller inside our external box maybe damage,
the problem is that your lacie drive operates using the NTFS (New Technology File System)
under USB which is the standard file system of Windows. Apple mac is
not interopable with native NTFS therefore you need to install a read-write NTFS file-system driver on your mac if you wish to use it via the USB connection.
an excellent free mac NTFS driver can be found here- http://mac.softpedia.com/get/System-Utilities/NTFS-3G.shtml
download and install the software then restart your mac.
-Check all connections (Ethernet, Power, USB, etc) -Install the appropriate driver for the device, usually included on a CD -Double Check compatibility with your system (system requirements usually on packaging of product) -If you haven't rebooted since you set it up, then reboot, this fixes a lot of things -Try the product on another computer -Try different cables/ports on the comptuer.
If nothing works, then send it in if it's under warranty or contact a professional service.
Try a replacement USB cable first, and test the LaCie on a different
computer, to ensure the fault is on the external storage unit, and not a computer system problem.
There are two possibilities:
The LaCie USB/ATA controller board is faulty.
In this case you can simply take apart the enclosure and mount the disk
into a new enclosure. New Lacie are SATA, but double check the hard disk
connector to ensure.
The hard disk inside is faulty.
In this case repair may be expensive. You need to locate a data
recovery facility with a 'clean room' , the cost is usually more than
If this happened after a power surge, then the problem is most likely a faulty controller board.
If instead you have dropped the hard disk it is possible an hard drive failure, in that case repair will be expensive.
A replacement enclosure will stfrom art about $20 on Ebay or Amazon, and must not necessarily be LaCie.
Check if your LaCie is Sata or PATA (IDE) before buying the enclosure.
Do you have a CD disc software installer of your external hard drive (F.A. Porshe 160GB).? If you got it, you must reinstall it, so that your Imac can detect it. Otherwise, find it at the internet and download it. The power failure could have damage some stored data about your External Hard Drive in your Imac. That's why, you have to reinstall it. Send us your e-mail comments for us.
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.
This is a pretty old thread, but I just figured out the work-around for my Lacie drive with the same symptoms. I took the Lacie case apart to find a pretty standard 3.5" Seagate Barracuda drive inside the case. If you pull the actual hard drive out of the box, you can either purchase a new external hard drive adapter box ($30-80) or install it into a tower computer. I installed it into an older G3 tower and it mounted right up. I decided it wasn't worth investing in a six year old hard drive, so I will be purchasing a new drive and pulling the data off the old one.