An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points
An expert that got 10 achievements.
An expert that got 5 achievements.
An expert whose answer got voted for 100 times.
Re: imac is not detecting my LaCie External Hard Drive
Do you have a CD disc software installer of your external hard drive (F.A. Porshe 160GB).? If you got it, you must reinstall it, so that your Imac can detect it. Otherwise, find it at the internet and download it. The power failure could have damage some stored data about your External Hard Drive in your Imac. That's why, you have to reinstall it. Send us your e-mail comments for us.
- If you need clarification, ask it in the comment box above.
- Better answers use proper spelling and grammar.
- Provide details, support with references or personal experience.
Tell us some more! Your answer needs to include more details to help people.You can't post answers that contain an email address.Please enter a valid email address.The email address entered is already associated to an account.Login to postPlease use English characters only.
Tip: The max point reward for answering a question is 15.
Check to make sure that the FireWire or USB cables are correctly attached and firmly seated in both the drive and computer's FireWire or USB ports. Disconnect them, wait 30 seconds, and reconnect them. If the drive is still not recognized, restart your computer and try again. If they are correctly connected and your drive still does not power on, trying using the optional power sharing cable, described in section 2.3 Connecting the Optional Power Supply of the LaCie Mobile Hard Drive User Manual.
the power circuit is most likely blown. You can buy an external hard drive case and put the hard drive in it. Be sure to buy correct size hard drive enclosure. The other way is to remove hard drive from external case and put into computer with a spare sata connection.
The funny clicking noise you are hearing is usually from a mechanical failure within the hard drive. The drive will need to be replaced at this point. If the drive is still under warranty you will want to process an RMA.
There should be a special USB wire that is available for portable hard drives. Basically it might just need power in which the The USB cable has two inputs so one is used for data transfer and the other for power.
You're not missing any step at all, because with SATA hard drive if its really working your computer should automatically detect it and since this hard drive suddenly stop working there's a possibility that its already fried but if you want you can try this hard drive again to a different computer and if still not detected by second computer its already dead.........
I am not really sure where to start here because I am a little confused
about your setup here. It seems you made a great choice to keep Windows
and your data on separate drives. Your primary hard drive is a really
fast SATA Raptor drive, which is great, but I would never use an
external hard drive for general everyday data storage. Many will
probably disagree with what I have to say, but external hard drives
should really be used only for temporary backup. I would never suggest
using an external hard drive as your only copy of your data or for
regular everyday use. There are several reasons for this: 1. External Hard drives are generally slower than Internal Drives. 2. Many of them come preformatted with Fat32, so you are limited to files no larger then 4gig. 3. They are more likely to fail because they are normally subjected to a greater likelihood of accidental bumping or dropping. 4. Many external drive enclosures are not properly cooled for continuous usage and thus lead to premature failure. 5. You often have no idea what brand of hard drive is actually inside the enclosure.
get me wrong, external hard drives are wonderful and I use them all the
time. I have three LaCie 160 gig drives myself that I use all the time
for temporary backup, but I rotate them so that I have 3 consecutive
backups and would never use them (not just Lacie but any external
drive) as my only backup or as a primary data drive. And yes, I have
had to replace a few of them due to failure.
So to address your specific questions:
What went wrong? – 1. Bad Cable - Well it is probably unlikely, but I would first try another USB cable just to make sure the cable is not damaged. 2. Power Supply - Try another power supply if you have or can borrow one. 3. Controller Failed – The Controller inside the Lacie has failed. 4. Drive Failure
– The Hard Disk inside the Lacie has failed. Drives typically have an
average 5 year lifespan, some last longer and some can fail much
sooner. Unfortunately, you rarely have any warning, thus the need for