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External Firewire drive won't mount any more

Two days ago, I powered up my 2 LaCie 160GB hard drives that are attached thru a FW400 port on my G4 ibook. Neither of them would mount. Tried the normal solutions (power cycling/re-booting etc). Couldn't get any of the utility programs to recognize either drive. Tried a different drive (30 GB VST F/W) and it works fine. Now, this morning, one drive won't even spin up. The light goes YELLOW on power up. normally yellow denotes disk access but the yellow light is on all the time and the disk still doesn't spin. I have an ibook G4 1.33 Gig bus speed and 768 MB of ram. Any ideas please?

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This model appears to have a high failure rate in consumer reviews, so it may have physical damage on the disk. Only a re-format of the drive will isolate bad sectors that won't hold data. Try re-mounting your drive after a fresh re-boot of your computer. If the drive came with the manufacture's software to allow it to communicate with your computer, then try removing this software from your system and re-installing it again. This will repair a corrupt driver or I/O program. Try using the drive with a new or different firewire cable. Other users have reported this drive working again after replacing the cable. If you use Mac OS 10.2, you might not be able to initialize or partition the hard drive. This may require you to partition and format the drive on a different computer. From your brief description, it sounds as though you may need to re-format the drive before it will work again.

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