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Re: Lacie Hard Drive not being recognized on computer
If you are running Vista, You might be one of many people who are
reporting an update that is causing some buggy behavior. Try this:
Connect the drive but do not Format the drive, right click 'my
computer' then 'manage' go to 'storage/disk management' view the
drives; your usb drive will not be allocated a drive letter. You can
set one manually or leave it for about 2~5 minutes for one to be
allocated auto. Each time you connect the drive you may have to do
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It sounds like your Lacie has died as the clicking noise it the drive attempting to find the tracks on the disk itself and not suceeding . Most Lacie products have a 12 month warrantee on them and so would suggest taking it back to the supplier and getting it replaced Hope this helps
External hard disks can fail for a number of reasons, but check the device manager and disk management first to see if it is recognized (assuming you are using Windows). Here are some more ideas: http://www.devicedriverfinder.com/blog/device-errors/external-hard-drive-troubleshooting
First cehck whether your computer is able to recoznize other USB storage devices or not. If you see that it is not recoznizing other USB storage devices. Then you need go to your Boot Up screen, the screen that opens when you restart your PC.
Try connecting the Lacie to another computer, if it doesn't work then the hard disk may need to be formatted using Disk Manager. I suggest you format as a primary partition in FAT32.
If it doesn't work then it is possible that the hard drive in the Lacie has failed. To test the hard drive, remove it and connect it to an USB hard drive adapter and connect it to a working computer's USB port. If it deosn't detect it as an external drive and you connot open folders and files then it is faulty. You can install a new hard drive in the Lacie and then format in FAT32
There are companies that can recover data from faulty hard drives BUT it will cost you an arm and a leg for their services.
1. If you have another firewire device test this device with the same firewire cord you are currently useing for the LaCie.
(if there is no reasponse form the other device then it is the cord it's self)
If not then
2. Check the Leads on the back of the LaCie where the firewire plugs in if the copper looks tarnished use a ear swab dipped in Lime Away or CLR to clean it then wait for it to dry and try the cord again.
3. if these physical connections are in good connection with each other and the firewire in port on your computer and on the LaCie are good then. Run a "Permissions" verify and repair through the disk utility program on your Mac with the LaCie turned on and plugged in.
FINALLY if none of these options repair the LaCie you may have to open the LaCie up and check to make sure the soldering from the firewire to the chip set is still in tact. I hope this helps Happy Macing.
Some PC's cannot deliver enough power to the USB devices to function properly through the USB port.
Does your Lacie hard disk have a power input connector if so conect a power adapter to it before you put it into your USB port.
Another alternative, get a powered USB hub connect it into your computer then connect the Lacie hard drive to the powered USB hub.