Hi the drive is about 2.5 years old. I use it in conjunction with a G4 powerbook.
This evening, the hard drive stopped showing on my desktop. it contains all of my FCP projects and media backup etc.
I have been into disc utilities and requested disk aid to repair the disk, but i am getting this message:
Invalid sibling link
Volume check failed.
Error: The underlying task reported failure on exit
1 HFS volume checked
1 volume could not be repaired because of an error
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Always start with the simple stuff so check the disks power supply is actually supplying power. If you're in the UK (and in some EU countries) the plug will have a fuse in it, this is also the case with some modern US electrical devises so check the fuse.
If the disk is receiving power, unplug it and let it cool down for an hour before trying again.
Have you tried both a disk repair and a permissions repair?
Odd as it may sound you can sometimes fix a problem like this by running a permissions repair on your Macintosh HD.
Next, if you have any third-party maintenance tools installed run complete maintenance on the system as well as the external disk.
If non of this helps run the firmware updater for this drive, you can download it from www.lacie.com/uk/support/drivers/driver.htm?id=10053 even if it is unable to update the drive's firmware this will give you more detailed troubleshooting information, so post the result here.
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Is your MacBook as fast as the Lacie Rugged Hard Disk is?
Because solid state drive wasn't available on MacBook Pro at the initial time when it launched. Hard drives on all current Apple laptops are equipped with Sudden Motion Sensor technology. In fact, the Apple laptops that came with Sudden Motion Sensor are: All Intel-based Apple portables such as the MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, PowerBook G4 computers starting with PowerBook G4 (12-inch 1.5GHz), PowerBook G4 (15-inch 1.67/1.5GHz), PowerBook G4 (17-inch 1.67GHz), and iBook G4 computers starting with iBook G4 (Mid 2005) have Sudden Motion Sensor technology. You MacBook may not have come with that technology that could be the reason you are unable to connect it.
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.
Ok! This is bad, just like any HD when you start hearing noises clicking, vibrations, it is due to a loose or faulty cylinder. These things are not worth the repair and your files are lost. The only thing that you can do is try to hook this up to another PC to see if it will work long enought to extract the files. Keep in mind a lot of companies manufacture these devices, but there largest business is geared towards Microsoft customers, so if you have a Mac do not count on guarantees for these devices to function properly with your unit.
Id recommend trying these following steps:
Start - Control panel - Administrative tools - Computer management - Disk management.
Here you should be able to see the 40GB hard drive.
Depending on your situation you may need to create a partition, to do so right click the unallocated space and choose to create a partition. The default settings will be fine.