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LaCie 500GB external HDD stoped working ?

Hello, my Lacie External 500GB HDD was working fine then the next day i try and use it wen i switch it on it makes a strange noice and my Pc dident find it i tryed this on 5 different Pcs also tryed 2 different Ac adapters and 3 differnet usb leads but no luck, Do you know how i can get the data off of this as it is very important. Also the fan dosent seem to be working now any help would be greatly appreciated

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  • Anonymous Jul 24, 2007

    Well i took the HDD out of the case and put it into another case as i already had one but it did not work and it still made a strange noisce like the fan was broke but seeing as its happend it another case then i guess its the hdd thats making the noise is there any way i can fix the HDD to get the data off of it or is it completely screwed?

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It sounds like its an internal problem with the pcb board inside,which may not be an actual problem with the hdd it self but the mother board.my advice would be to change the board that links between the hdd and the usb cable.

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