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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Re: External Firewire drive won't mount any more
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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Check to make sure that the FireWire or USB cables are correctly attached and firmly seated in both the drive and computer's FireWire or USB ports. Disconnect them, wait 30 seconds, and reconnect them. If the drive is still not recognized, restart your computer and try again. If they are correctly connected and your drive still does not power on, trying using the optional power sharing cable, described in section 2.3 Connecting the Optional Power Supply of the LaCie Mobile Hard Drive User Manual.
You need the power from the 2 USB ports in order for the Drive to have enough Power.
Try moving the USB Ports to another Port or Flip Flop the 2 USB Cables.
Another option is to uninstall the unknown device. Remove the USB Cables, Uninstall Shut Down, Re-Start.
NOTE: Certain Ports on your System are USB 2.0 and some are not. Try to use the 2.0 port listed in the Manual... it will be faster and may carry the Power.
Although not sold at Best Buy™, there are available adapters/cables to
make this transfer possible. I recommend using a search engine to find
"firewire to usb." Hopefully this will give you the results you need.
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.
I support the comments of (fire sine) I have the d2 120gb Lacie and it was down for two years. I took it to my apple guys and they said that I needed to go to a data recovery service which would cost a gang of money. Come to find out, when I decided to update my internal hard drive on my Mac Pro, I had to buy a SATA, IDE, USB 2.0 adapter to back up the internal and transfer to the new internal. Long story short, something said, Hey try and open the Lacie and bypass the board in the enclosure and connect directly to the Western Digital drive inside. AND WHALA! I got my info, so all I need is a new enclosure.
Windows XP and most pcs running it does not natively support firewire,as it was developed by Apple computers. Most Firewire ports on PCs are 4 pin. Your PCI card ( and I take it, its a desktop youre referring to ) should have a 6 pin connection. Firewire connections also have a 7 watt supply via the bus. You may need to open the computer and see if the molex jack on the card is being powered by your computers power supply. Two firewire drives, especially the power hungry Lacie quadras, may be to much consumption for the card.
Hope this helps.
there is not enough power coming through ports each device re-quires 1-5 volts to run and if your mac has not got enough power to boot all devices then sadly all things pluged into will not reconise and with mac the os is not properly designed for it now if you got yourself an external usb 2.0 hub powered then yes all devices will be seen in mac windows firewire is unsafe at moment for this to happen ask them what system they had had configuration on.
hope this has helped