I just purchased the Lacie D2 Quadra 500GB drive... Plugged it in for the first time yesterday and began backing up my whole system.
After about 2 or 3 hours of being connected to my MacBook Pro, the Lacie disk started making an awful noise that very much resembles that of a blender blending up a smoothie. It's very loud and intense.
I don't know if the disk will mount because I am afraid to leave it plugged into my computer for very long for fear it will explode or short out my computer, or something of that nature.
I don't need the info on it because I have not yet deleted anything off of my computer, but I do need to know what the heck is going on. I have the WORST luck with hard drives... Help! thanks so much!
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Re: Lacie Drive making awful noise!
Lacie D2 drives in my experience are infamous for not having the most durable bridge boards. The bridge board is a chip that has a chipset on it which take the SATA or PATA connection and send it to the USB and or Firewire ports on the enclosure. If the drive is powered up, you should get a blue light on the front. When connected to either mac or pc ( porsches are MS_DOS formatted out the box ), if it does not mount or does not appear in DISK UTILTY, then it is a high probability that the enclosure/bridge board has failed and the drive ( if not making grinding, buzzing, clicking or beeping sounds) will have to be extracted and placed into a more stable enclosure. If the drive is grinding like you say, most likely the disk is physically damaged.
If this is something you experience often, maybe you should consider power conditioners. if the drive is being moved around alot, you should be gentle with it in transit. Drive enclosures, look rugged and have flashy lights and metal enclosures, but should be treated like babies. Drives are feircely sensitive. They should be padded, kept away from magnets, and treated like laptops.
Hope this helps.
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Modern hard drive motors can easily become seized after an impact. The only DIY solution I am aware of is the use of a heat gun over the back of the drive motor. The build up of heat within the motor is sometimes enough to free it.
If the drive was running the problem may be due to a phenomenon known as "sticktion" where the drive head is actually stuck to the disc surface. If this is true then you need a data recovery company.
This way it should work... Connect your drive to the computer... Go to: Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer management. A new window will appear... Select Storage > Disk management on the left of the window. Now you will see the different drives that are connected or part of your system. One of the drives listed there is your LaCie, i think you'll recognize it by name... Right-click on it, and select 'format' In the new window, select the new volume label (as you like it), the file system (use NTFS), and set allocation unit size to default. Make sure 'Perform a quick format' is not checked...
Then click OK. Your drive will be formatted now... Don't interrupt the process