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Lacie 160 external FW HD not copying

I am trying to copy files off of my 160Gb external FW hard drive to either my desktop (Powermac G4 OSX 10.4.1) or to another Lacie HD.  But it won't let me drag any files from it, anything I drag just bounces back. Ownership & Permissions in the "Get Info" on the drive says I can read and write.  Any other solutions?

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  • datsnice Oct 28, 2007

    The same thing happens whether I try to copy 6GB over or just one 8MB file.  The file just bounces back when I drag it over.  That's what leads me to believe it is a problem with permissions on the drive.  I'll try to repair permissions with Disk Utility and see if that does the trick...

    Any other suggestions appreciated!

  • datsnice Oct 28, 2007

    I did check the admin abilities under "GET INFO" and the Ownership drop down menu is different than on my other drives.  I can't change the owner option, and it only says I have ability to read and write.  I also noticed the disk is formatted to MS-DOS (FAT32). Does that have anything to do with it?

    Should I try to repair permissions in Disk Utility?

    Can you tell me the other 2 possibilities in your next post please?  thanks!

  • datsnice Oct 28, 2007

    I'll just tried plugging the drive into my laptop G4, ans while the Ownsership settings are the same, I AM ABLE to copy from the drive.  So it must be issue with settings on my computer, not the drive.



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How much are you attempting to copy at once?

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    Keith Seekwhensir Oct 28, 2007

    Click on the drive once, go up top to the file menu and choose FILE/GET INFO.
    Go to the bottom of that pop up menu/dialog box and see if you have admin abilities to both read and write to the drive..

    And also verify that on all external drives, you are the owner ( your user name will appear next to owner )

    If that's all good and proper, try holding down the OPTION key when you select and drag.

    There are 2 other possiblities, so let me know.

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    Keith Seekwhensir Oct 28, 2007

    Open Disk utility, repair permissions on the volume..the difference is, when you open disk utility, you will see all drives on the left pane. Each item will have the drive name ( on top ) and the volume name ( on bottom and indented ) repair permissions on both. It appears like you are editing video...if thats the case I would stray clear from the affordable but you get what you pay for LACIE PORSCHE..inferior bridge board, does not have an appropriate chipset, and is considered consumer at best.

    Check the SMART status of the drive. Now keep in mind MS-DOS formatted drive shave a file size limit of you cannot trANSFER files that large or larger off the drive while its formatted in that type.

    keep me posted..

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    Keith Seekwhensir Oct 28, 2007

    in the photo you provided, it doesn't appear that you info window has the DETAILS option.

    You should go to
    Software update and go for the update, or google search " 10.4.9 combo update ".
    It will allow the OS and Admin to have more control over parameters.

    Keep me posted..

  • Keith Seekwhensir
    Keith Seekwhensir Oct 28, 2007




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