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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Re: LaCie 160 GB Hard Drive
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.
If you want a stand alone backup solution, you can download a free program called "Carbon Copy Cloner" and purchase a USB 2.0 external hard drive. You can use the CCC software to backup the entire contents of your Powerbook's hard drive or just selected files to the external USB hard drive.
If your Powerbook is unable to boot into OS X and you need to recover the files that are on the internal hard drive, you can boot the Powerbook into "Target Disk Mode" and transfer the files via firewire cable to another Mac. To do this do the following.
With both Macs off connect them with a firewire cable.
Turn on the Powerbook and hold down the "T" during startup.
Once the large icon shows up on screen your in "TDM".
Turn on the other Mac and login to your account.
The Powerbook's hard drive should mount on your desktop.
You'll be able to transfer your files from the Powerbook's hard drive just like you would an external hard drive, thumb drive, etc.
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PowerBook G4 is at least a five-year-old machine at this point. A DVD drive can **** in lots of dust in five years. Try hooking up to an external DVD drive. If it plays the same discs with no problem, you need a cleaning or replacement. Frankly, an external DVD drive is cheaper than replacing your internal drive.
The problem is that your powerbook G4 does not provide enough power to your 160gb passport HD. This does not happens to the new Macs with intel inside.
There are several ways to fix it:
1) Go to West Digital Website and buy a "Power Buster Cable USB" (that connect your 2 USB ports to your passport HD in order to provide more power). I think that it costs 10$. This is the link: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/accessories.asp?ProdID=170
2) The other solution is easier. If you have an external USB hard drive with two USB ports, or a DVD/CD burner with two usb ports, you can pug your passport in one of the ports while the other HD or DVD/CD burner is connected to you PowerBook. You will be able to see and use your q60gb Passport HD.
I would suspect a corrupted catalog file, these are the map that a comupter uses to find its way around the drive, they are also the first casualty when a crash corrupts something. Disc warrior will write a new catalog and fix everything. PCs do not see discs formatted for macs.
Try hooking this drive up to another PC, if it works on the other PC, then you atleast no it works. If it does work on the other PC the problem is with your PC! You may need to install drivers! Sometimes updated firmware for these devices make them more stable. Company just do not tell people!