Question about LaCie Computers & Internet

1 Answer

My LaCie external drive isn't getting power

It has a box that connects to a plug and that gets power, but it doesn't power up the LaCie drive.

Posted by Anonymous on

  • 2 more comments 
  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2021

    NO photos of drive for sure rear connections
    NO PC told
    no Drive model told but Lacie love to not have label, making heads spin fast (dang)
    no GB or TB size told. (forgot sure)
    is this a USB drive?
    did it ever run ok before on this PC if in fact is a PC and not a TV? or what.? connected to what?
    did it run OKAY on other PC but not this PC,?
    the big drives needs a power pack 3.5" huge drives. must have one or it will be dead. (and the right one)

    you lost the power pack AC to DC power pack? or mixed them up ?

    here are the new ones, (seems they do not support their old drives made for 30 years.

    "NOt getting power"?
    does that mean LEDs dead some where, but where?
    does that mean the HDD if is HDD, not SSD the motor is silent held to ear? turned on and connected. correctly
    does that only mean windows can not see the drive under "THIS -PC" explorer files

    we can not guess 33 years of HDD vast models made by them NO CAN do, sorry,
    learn to post a photo of it here, for sure read connections, wow, that be great.

  • Anonymous Dec 02, 2021

    Did it work before???????????????????????????? or just found it at a garage sale dead? IDK, at all.
    what sizes drive, is it USB is new or old or a relic. (over 10 years is relic, over 5 are mostly bad)
    tell what you mean by NOT GETTING power.
    2: HDD HELD TO Ear, is silence, turned on fully, power pack attached and turned on.
    is this a USB HDD external , no model told of VAST.
    post a photo of HDD, for sure with rear shown. (jacks)
    this maker even makes wired Ethernet HDD drive ( a mini NAS drive) tiny , sorry can;'t guess what you have at all.
    my crystal ball fell to the floor and is cracked, just like my last hdd Did.
    3.5" drives
    using a wrong power pack is common so using voltmeter fails due to wrong voltages stamped on the wrong pack..
    amazing and common failures this with 10 wall warts and power packs under a desk oops, or no plugged in.
    2.5" drives USB have no power pack. do you have jack on the back marked power or 12vdc?

    LaCie has this bad habit of not putting a model number on the case , so getting help is CRAZY hard.
    1TB red drive is LAC301558
    1TB black drive. 301881U eSata and fire wire only.

    500GB silver drive, LAD2QHD500 = USB 2.0, FireWire-400, FireWire-800, eSATA

    here is there web site
    see all those vast versions of HDD and worse, for 3+ decades. 1987 to now, vast products made
    not one clue by you what you have nor a photo of it.

    both sSd drives and HDD
    shall sizes ad huge
    small GB to huge GB. storage
    all kinds connection types, not just USB> but USB not told.

  • Anonymous Dec 02, 2021

    to post a photo , click comments, the click add and image, the click comment again to save it as I will do now

  • Anonymous Dec 02, 2021

    model MOON Silver STHG1000400

    and vast more.



1 Answer

Jesse Walters

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert who has written 3 tips or uploaded 2 video tips.

  • Expert
  • 316 Answers

U should test for power at the connector that goes into the lacie with a voltmeter to make sure power supply and its wire are OK. If no voltmeter then use a automobile brake or turn signal bulb to see if it has power.

Posted on Dec 02, 2021


Add Your Answer


Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:


Lacie serial number 1214802236941cr

Try connecting the LaCie to another computer. If this still does not work then the LaCie is faulty.

Lacie d2 Quadra Ejects Itself

I've had issues with the lacie mini power supply before. I can cause some wierd issues. Unfortunately, it isn't the cheapest thing to replace but that's probably the best place to look first.

Lacie External Drive won't turn on (blue Light doesn't go on)

Inside the LaCie D2 250GB (300770) external harddrive's case, is a 250GB IDE (PATA) harddrive that is 3.5 inches across in width.

A desktop computer sized harddrive. (May be a Western Digital WD25000JB)

The harddrive plugs into a small circuit board, (Bridge board), and the circuit board has a USB port on it.

Using this Western Digital Passport for an example,

Scroll down to the second photo, and left-click on it. The case of the external harddrive is shown open.
Inside is a 2.5 inch laptop sized harddrive.
An aluminum tape strip covers the small circuit board, attached at the back of the harddrive.

The second photo down on this page, shows you the small interface circuit board, that the harddrive plugs into, with the aluminum tape removed.

(Another design has wires coming from the small circuit board, to an interface the harddrive plugs into )

It is this small circuit board that goes bad in a LaCie. QUITE common.


1) Obtain a 3.5 inch IDE external enclosure
2) Remove the 3.5 IDE harddrive from the LaCie's case.
3) Install the harddrive out of the LaCie into the external 3.5 IDE enclosure.

An example of a 3.5 IDE (PATA) external enclosure,

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

On a lacie external usb2.0 firewire 400/800 1TB, I'm getting a blinking blue led whenever the drive gets connected via usb. I dont have a firewire cable to test, but the drive was working fine on same...

Plug in power first. Connect usb cable. Turn on drive. Under my computer/computer locate the partition called lacie. Open, run the exe utility.

Doesn't work

am not so sure if this is a similar issue with iomega2_bing.gif external drive in which the drive wont show up on My Computer but when the external drive was plugged into an ubuntu machine the drive was being detected and working just fine.

Please try to do the same. plug your external drive to an ubuntu machine and lets see if it can be detected. If it is then the hard disk has a similar issue with iomega drives. check this link for the solution.

Dead hard drive

Try unplugging the usb connector and plugging it back in. Your pc shouls recognize the installed component automatically. Also, some external hard drives work like normal pc's do: hold the power button in longer until something happens. Hope this helps.

External hard drive

500Gb Lacie D2 Quadra with the same problem of flashing led and not mounting on the desktop (Mac G4 Mirror), traced to the power supply (57w) going down on power, both 12v and 5v supplies are available but the main power to run the drive drops to below an adequate output, hence the clicking and whirring evident from the drive with simultaneous flashing led.

Testing with another Lacie power supply (250Gb D2) this time a 34w unit got the drive up and running, however, and this is the reason for this post, this lower power PSU failed a week later whilst waiting for a warranty replacement from Lacie (5 weeks and still waiting for the new PSU from them. they have no stock)

Message for all Lacie D2 users, check the power supplies first, test with another Lacie PSU, do not run the drive on a lower rating (34w) PSU it will fry it and leave you with another failed power supply.

If you are in a tight spot use the temporary power supply to move your data to another drive and get the correct 57w power supply before running the drive again.

Don't do as I did assume any Lacie power supply will run any Lacie hard drive, they won't, fortunately I had a second back up, but am 2 drives down and no new PSU's available to buy anywhere.

Try and purchase another spare 57w power supply, something all D2 users should do for long term security, as these do not seem to be very reliable and getting warranty support from Lacie on these is currently impossible.

The lack of 57w power supplies from Lacie and its distributors across the world is surely a warning to be noted!!!!!!

Buyers beware!

Lacie hard drive nonfunctional

I ran into this issue this week with my lacie big disk 500G external. Unit would power on when plugged into a pc blue light would flash and nothing no connection ding from windows.
Blue front light would flash repetedly slight ticking sound from drives but no connection i finally fixed this and gained access to my data by opening up the case and pluging my pc 12v connectors into both drives to power them up but leaving them connected to the lacie internals worked instantly and ive since copyed all my data off my 500 and will just transplant the drives to internal use on my pc. you cannot connect the drives internally and then copy the data due to the fact that they are raid 0 stripped drives so this hybrid setup works if your external case isnt powering up the drive correctly as mine wasnt.

Lacie d2 external drive

I support the comments of (fire sine) I have the d2 120gb Lacie and it was down for two years.  I took it to my apple guys and they said that I needed to go to a data recovery service which would cost a gang of money.  Come to find out, when I decided to update my internal hard drive on my Mac Pro, I had to buy a SATA, IDE, USB 2.0 adapter to back up the internal and transfer to the new internal. Long story short, something said, Hey try and open the Lacie and bypass the board in the enclosure and connect directly to the Western Digital drive inside.  AND WHALA! I got my info, so all I need is a new enclosure.  

I think I fried my LACIE 500gb drive

Sadly if you fried the drive with that PSU cord it would be pretty hard for a home repair. If you know its definatly dead, I would just remove the drive from the external unit and try to connect it internally to a computer. If the adaptor is different you could buy a cheapy online somewhere.
Not finding what you are looking for?
Computers & Internet Logo

Related Topics:


Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top LaCie Computers & Internet Experts


Level 3 Expert

13435 Answers

Joaquim Martins

Level 3 Expert

1128 Answers

Raj Patel

Level 3 Expert

1042 Answers

Are you a LaCie Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides