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I have a Lacie d2 Quadra Professional Hard drive that when hooked up to my Mac G5 with OS 10.6.8 has been acting up. The blue light blinks constantly along with a clicking noise and the drive has been slow to respond as far as opening folders and trying to get files from the drive. I have tried different cables and same power supplies but, same problem occurs. Is there a firmware update or software update that will fix the problem?

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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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SOURCE: LaCie d2 Quadra drive... not showing up on PC after working on a MAC

You need to make sure the drive is formatted for the PC. The Mac will read and write to a FAT32 partition, but the PC cannot see a Mac formatted drive as you have seen.

The only problem is that there is a 32Gb limit per partition for FAT32 drives.

It's not ideal but it's the best you can do easily.

Posted on Jan 13, 2008

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SOURCE: How to format the LaCie 500GB d2 Quadra for Windows XP??

This way it should work...
Connect your drive to the computer...
Go to: Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer management.
A new window will appear...
Select Storage > Disk management on the left of the window.
Now you will see the different drives that are connected or part of your system.
One of the drives listed there is your LaCie, i think you'll recognize it by name...
Right-click on it, and select 'format'
In the new window, select the new volume label (as you like it), the file system (use NTFS), and set allocation unit size to default.
Make sure 'Perform a quick format' is not checked...

Then click OK. Your drive will be formatted now... Don't interrupt the process

Posted on Mar 31, 2008

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SOURCE: I need to be able to use this hard drive on my pc

DataViz makes a product called MacDrive7 that can be installed on a Windows PC that will enable it to use pretty much any kind of device that has been formatted for a Mac. The other option would be to format the drive for a PC since a Mac can utilize PC formatted disks, but you will lose options like forks, etc that are Mac-specific.

Posted on Jun 01, 2009

Anonymous

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SOURCE: I'm running Windows XP professional.

1.
log onto d computer as administrator
2.
start->my computer->manag
3.under storage->disk management
4.ef intialize ndcovert disk wizard appers click next ef not skip to step 8
5.on d selct to disk intialize page click next
6.on d select to disk covert page click next
7.on completing dhese two click finish
8.right click u r external drive nd click format
9.in d format dialog box type d name for u r external hard drive nd then click ok
10.click ok again

Posted on Sep 14, 2009

TheSelkie

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SOURCE: I had 4 LaCie 2TB Big Disk Quadra, Item 301343U.

Let's not take this as a solution so much as an intuition. I believe you may have run up against a limit of physical disk space that XP can administrate.

DO me a favor and don't give my rating a thrashing if I'm wrong.

Best Regards,

Marcus

Posted on Sep 23, 2010

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