My hard drive recently started to be hesitant when I turned it on, now it won't be recognized. I have a mac powerbook G4 w/ sytem 10.4.10. It's an older model hard drive, 160GB.
Will I be able to retrieve my data if I have to buy a new one?
It's very likely your LaCie power supply is foobar and can no longer supply the current needed by the HDD. happens with a lot of external hdd enclosures with cheap power supplies - hook it in and turn it on without being connected to USB first, wait abit, then hook up the USB.
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Close all processor and hard drive intense applications. Try going into your main harddrive, in your APPLICATIONS folder, you should see UTILITIES.
Select DISK UTILITY ( harddrive with a stethoscope ) and all volumes connected to the computer should appear in the left pane. If the drive does appear in the left pane, then chances are you will see the drive and below in grey, the name of the partition........hopefully. Select the drive in the pane, choose FIRST AID and then REPAIR DISK. If you get errors in red or any errors relating to damage, the drive and/or the enclosure is faulty.
In the top right of the DISK UTILITY window, you should see a button marked MOUNT. Try selecting this and giving it a few seconds. If the drive does not mount, you will most likely need data recovery software or services.
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Mac do not waste space, I recommend you to use an external hard drive. Try to find one with twice capacity that your computer's hard drive.I mean, if your computer hard drive is 500Gb, then find an external drive with 1Tb
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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If your Firelite SmartDisk was formatted for a PC, and you are using the Mac side of the G4 it won't. They use a different format scheme. Need to load Parallel, bootcamp, or another virtual PC program, and then Windows. Using that it will recognize it.
If you know another Mac user that is using both sides (Mac and Virtual PC) is a quick way to retrieve data to move it. Be careful reformatting the FireLite. There are some more complex ways. Hope that this helps.
PS: I use a 160GB FireLite on my G4, MacBook Pro as well as my Tower and notebook PCs.
You could try a cleaning disk if nothing is recognized. Something like THIS ONE at Buy.com. You might need a new drive though, which is pretty tricky with an apple. Someone on Craigslist should be able to replace it for about $50 plus the drive. You can find a used drive on eBay I'm sure.
Something is wrong with the operating system. If there is a flashing folder with a question mark, then it might be with the hard drive as well. If you just get that warning, then you may only have to reinstall your operating system (OS X). Get your CD/DVDs out and insert the OS X disk. Hold down C when you start the computer so it will start from the disk and not from the hard drive. After the startup program has loaded, you can try to check the hard drive and repair permissions and such to see if that works, or you can just reinstall the OS. Good luck.
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.
no, but why not ask La Cie? They have pretty good support, and if your computer isn't recognizing it, you can feed them all the information they need by downloading a freeware program called Balarc advisor,
which not only tells you everything in
your computer, with model numbers for hardware and all of your
software (with their unique codes), but will also inform you if you
are missing any needed Windows updates. Once you know what you have,
go to http://www.lacie.com/support/faq/faq.htm?faqid=10338 You may need to download something from them for your poswerbook different from your g5..