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My LaCie is not recognized by my computer, makes a clicking noise when it tries to start up. I've used this external hard drive for several years with no problems.

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It has most probably just reached its "end of life". Several years for a hard drive reading and writing is a good track record.
You can probably take the casing apart and replace the hard drive. Just make sure that this is an USB 2.0 interface before spending the money.

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  • armstrng Oct 20, 2009

    Not sure if this will work but try creating a UBCD (ultimate boot cd) for windows and with your usb hdd attached boot off the disk and see if it will see the hdd.
    Sometimes you can use this to retrieve data. I have had some success.

    Good luck

    Here is the link: It is a lot of work to create it but you won't be disappointed.

    http://www.ubcd4win.com/



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Is Acronis software compatible with the LaCie external hard drive? I not have a partitioned LaCie hard drive (empty) with no space at all. Can I reformat to eliminate the Acronis software?

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