Question about LaCie External USB 2.0 500GB 7200 RPM 500 GB Hard Drive

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Icon doesn't show up in my computer section so I am unable click on and access my files, however the computer a compaq presario laptop does recognize the hard drive, I just can't access anything its basically useless. I've gone in to device section it shows up on the usb port but again you can't do anything with it. The drive works on a mac though?

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  • Anonymous May 11, 2010

    What happens when you unplug it and then plug it back in? You don't get an autoplay message or a message that the device has been found?



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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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SOURCE: Can't access my lacie external hard drive

I would first plug it in to a different PC, this will tell you if the problem is the Lacie or Windows Vista.
if it works on a different PC then remove it from Device manager or go to the Lacie website for Vista updates.

If it does not work on a different PC then there are 3 possibilities
1. the drive got cleared data lost
2. the enclosure is bad (I would bet on this)
3. the drive is bad

purchase a USB enclosure, remove the drive and install it in the new enclosure plug in and test.

Hope this helps
thanks for rating

Posted on Jan 09, 2008



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SOURCE: I have a lacie mini. My computer does not recognize it

try restarting you rcomputer

Posted on Dec 22, 2008


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SOURCE: Lacie 320 GB Hard Drive acting as if full when it's not.

Simplest solution: back up the data on the drive and repartition it (which will wipe it). Otherwise it sounds like it could be a problem with the file tree or structure of the drive, the configuration files could be corrupt, some program could have stored temporary files in a hidden place that cannot be deleted without making the program delete them, etc. If you are on a mac, spotlight Disk Utility and use it to repartition. If you are on a PC use the search thing from the start menu and find a program called disk management (or something similar to that, you'll know it when you see it.) external drives are annoying. i kick mine into the wall periodically for good measure.

Posted on Jul 15, 2009


Chris Hingee

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SOURCE: Lacie extern. hard drive is recognized, but I can't access files

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.

Posted on Sep 13, 2009


wenceslao alfar

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SOURCE: windows 7 won't recognize lacie 500 gb hard drive

let it windows 7 format your lacie 500. and check for permission.

Posted on May 02, 2010

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