Top 20 LaCie External USB 2.0 500GB 7200 RPM 500 GB Hard Drive Questions & Answers


This wild mean the file system of the hard drive is set as something other than NTFS or FAT/FAT32. Mac and Linux would be able to read it just fine but due to the limitations of Windows, it wouldn't recognize the file system.
Google the program ext2read. It will enable reading of another file system in Windows.

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Yeah, this is not a MAC only issue, it's typical with hard drives. From your description, I'm afraid your drive is broken, or misconfigured in the boot loader. The light is blinking because the machine is trying to communicate with the drive, and were there no noise, I'd say it could be the controller card, which could be replaced with some skill and an identical card; but, that's not a job most will do, and companies that do it charge 'a lot'! So, unless there's something you cannot live without on that drive, it's probably junk. The noise on the other hand is very familiar to me. It's indicative of failed mechanics, most likely a crashed head. The clicking is the drive trying to move the head's armature and slapping around. This can occur because of age, and most drives last 5+ years, but most are warranted for 2 to 5 years depending on manufacturer, or 250,000 to 1,000,000 hours MTBF for companies like seagate. (MTBF = mean time between failure).

So, I don't expect you'll want to upvote this answer for such bad news; but, I figured someone ought to tell you.

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don't drag to the trash can , simply delete them

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When it eventually will, check the disk (all terms may vary, depending of your version of Windows) :
Right-click the icon of the disk, then click "properties".
In the "Properties" window, select the "Tools" tab, and click "Check now". Check both checkboxes, and run.
This should fix the access problems on your drive.

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if the noise is new then it would indicate a problem, probably age related and would suggest PSU failure is imminent, I had a similar problem with a charger adaptor recently unfortunately I didn't catch it in time and it damaged my device .....

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

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click start control panel administrative tools computer management device manager scroll down universal serial bus controllers you could see a yellow question / exclamation mark? ! or a red X


you will need to update/reinstall drivers

right click to reinstall drivers


if you can see your usb but its not working

ports(com&lpt)right click update driver


sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable


just replace the cable of the hard disk, when you plugged the external disk drive you got that windows could recognize the USB device change the cable everything should work fine again,



if you can see your usb drive but its not working

ports (com&lpt) right click update driver if this fails to fix the problem


check the USB leads that attach to the motherboard usually red white green black make sure they are securely seated and have no dust build up on them dust will cause static and a lot of unforeseen problems to a computer and its parts


if this fails to fix the problem
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http://www.easeus.com/resource/hard-disk-data-recovery.htm


hope this helps

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unfortunately clicking sounds on hard drives means that it is already damaged

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can you be more specific as to the error?

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make sure the lead/s that attach to your hard drive are securely seated
if your computer came with a motherboard disc the drivers could be on it

click start control panel administration tools computer management device manager look through all of your devices if you see a yellow question mark?or exclamation mark ! or red x
right click to reinstall drivers or

if you can see your usb but its not working
ports(com&lpt)right click update driver
hope this helps



click start control panel administration tools computer management device manager look through all of your devices if you see a yellow question mark?or exclamation mark ! or red x
right click to reinstall drivers or


if you can see your usb but its not working
ports(com&lpt)right click update driver


sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable


just replace the cable of the hard disk, when you plugged the external disk drive you got that windows could recognize the USB device change the cable everything should work fine again,

check the USB leads that attach to the motherboard usually red-white-green-black make sure they are securely seated and have no dust build up on them dust will cause static and a lot of unforeseen problems

if this fails to fix the problem
you might have to install a usb 2 or 3 card they are cheap and easy to install you can buy these on Ebay very cheap

hope this helps you

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if you are a front usb port on your desktop , switch to rear one. or try it on different pc, if aproblem continue that means that the usb controller on your external HDD is malfunctioning , you should have it fixed or replaced with exact same one

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make sure the lead/s that attach to your hard drive are securely seated
if your computer came with a motherboard disc the drivers could be on it

click start control panel administration tools computer management device manager look through all of your devices if you see a yellow question mark?or exclamation mark ! or red x
right click to reinstall drivers or

if you can see your usb but its not working
ports(com&lpt)right click update driver
hope this helps



click start control panel administration tools computer management device manager look through all of your devices if you see a yellow question mark?or exclamation mark ! or red x
right click to reinstall drivers or


if you can see your usb but its not working
ports(com&lpt)right click update driver


sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable


just replace the cable of the hard disk, when you plugged the external disk drive you got that windows could recognize the USB device change the cable everything should work fine again,

check the USB leads that attach to the motherboard usually red-white-green-black make sure they are securely seated and have no dust build up on them dust will cause static and a lot of unforeseen problems

if this fails to fix the problem
you might have to install a usb 2 or 3 card they are cheap and easy to install you can buy these on Ebay very cheap
hope this helps

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make sure the lead/s that attach to your hard drive are securely seated
if your computer came with a motherboard disc the drivers could be on it

click start control panel administration tools computer management device manager look through all of your devices if you see a yellow question mark?or exclamation mark ! or red x
right click to reinstall drivers or

if you can see your usb but its not working
ports(com&lpt)right click update driver
hope this helps



click start control panel administration tools computer management device manager look through all of your devices if you see a yellow question mark?or exclamation mark ! or red x
right click to reinstall drivers or


if you can see your usb but its not working
ports(com&lpt)right click update driver


sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable


just replace the cable of the hard disk, when you plugged the external disk drive you got that windows could recognize the USB device change the cable everything should work fine again,

check the USB leads that attach to the motherboard usually red-white-green-black make sure they are securely seated and have no dust build up on them dust will cause static and a lot of unforeseen problems

if this fails to fix the problem
you might have to install a usb 2 or 3 card they are cheap and easy to install you can buy these on Ebay very cheap
hope this helps

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click start control panel administrive tools ,computer management ,device manager look through all of your devices if you see a yellow question mark?or exclamation mark ! or red x
right click to reinstall drivers or
if you can see your usb but its not working
ports(com&lpt)right click update driver
sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable,
just replace the cable of the hard disk, when you plugged the external disk drive you got that windows could recognize the USB device change the cable everything should work fine again,

check the USB leads that attach to the motherboard usually red-white-green-black make sure they are securely seated and have no dust build up on them dust will cause static and a lot of unforeseen problems also make sure the computers Ram and Cmos battery are securely seated
if this fails to fix the problem

you might have to install a usb 2 or 3 card they are cheap and easy to install you can buy these on Ebay very cheap
hope this helps

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The ticking noise is not a good sign at all! Try plugging it into a different computer and hope that it works. You need to get the files off of it ASAP.

The tikking sound you speak of is the disks inside your hard drive hitting each other, also known as a hard drive crash. This is BAD news if it is. Your data will not be able to be recovered if it has crashed due to physical damage. Try to get your data off of it as soon as you can, that is, if you still can

Sorry for your loss

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click start control panel administrive tools ,computer management ,device manager look through all of your devices if you see a yellow question mark?or exclamation mark ! or red x
right click to reinstall drivers or
if you can see your usb but its not working
ports(com&lpt)right click update driver
just replace the cable of the hard disk, when you plugged the external disk drive you got that windows could recognize the USB device change the cable everything should work fine again, sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable,
check the USB leads that attach to the motherboard usually red-white-green-black make sure they are securely seated and have no dust build up on them dust will cause static and a lot of unforeseen problems hope this helps
hope this helps

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Hi,

When you turn the machine on, you will need to enter the bios, this is usually done by pressing F2 or F10. when you have entered the BIOS you will need to navigate to a setting that will say something like "HDD settings, Raid Setting, AHCI Setting" you need to change the setting to say Compatability rather then AHCI.

Please rate and make a comment if you find this solution very helpful and might help others as well. Post more comments if you need more help.

Hope this helps

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You don't REALLY think that LaCie would pay a programmer to write a driver for a NEW piece of hardware to run on an OBSOLETE operating system, do you? Have you looked for a driver on the LaCie website? If you didn't find one there, I GUARANTEE you that you won't find one ANYWHERE, because drivers don't write themselves.

Of course, you can always call the company and complain, which is a waste of time, or pay a programmer to write a driver for it, or learn how to program and write your own driver. If you DO write a driver for it, you MIGHT be able to sell it to LaCie, if they're still in business by then, although the odds are excellent that nobody will want a Win98 driver by the time you learn how to write drivers.

My advice is, get a modern operating system, which will have all the drivers for your external hard drive embedded into it. Ubuntu is a good choice if you prefer Gnome, or Kubuntu if you prefer KDE.

You're running Windows 98, you probably have old hardware (similar to what I use), so in that case, you might prefer to use Xubuntu, which runs great on older hardware:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/maverick/release/xubuntu-10.10-desktop-i386.iso

or Lubuntu, which is designed to save energy, which makes it great for older battery-powered equipment such as laptops or the new netbooks, or even for old desktop systems:

http://people.ubuntu.com/~gilir/lubuntu-10.10.iso

Pick a new OS and get rid of ALL the Windows ****: no more antivirus, antimalware, antispyware, or antiscareware programs running all the time, no more nasty ActiveX controls which allow your system to get infected when you open Internet Explorer, no more rootkit problems, no more need to defrag ANY hard drive EVER... Get rid of Windows, get rid of the headaches, and get FREE drivers that will work with your new external drive as soon as you plug it in.

Switch to Linux, and make your old hardware run faster than ever before.

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click start control panel administrive tools ,computer management ,device manager look through all of your devices if you see a yellow question mark?or exclamation mark ! or red x
right click to reinstall drivers or
if you can see your usb but its not working
ports(com&lpt)right click update driver
sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable,
just replace the cable of the hard disk, when you plugged the external disk drive you got that windows could recognize the USB device change the cable everything should work fine again,
check the USB leads that attach to the motherboard usually red-white-green-black make sure they are securely seated and have no dust build up on them dust will cause static and a lot of unforeseen problems
hope this helps

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