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Lacie Drive making awful noise!

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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  • OnaScout Nov 02, 2007

    Similar problem with the 500GB d2 Quadra -

    When it wakes from sleep, it makes that "blender" noise (more like a coffee grinder IMO). Working with eCost on a solution, but they don't have the, ahem, best customer service in the world...

    -tyler

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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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