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Thread: LaCie Firewire 800 ext hard drive not working

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    Default LaCie Firewire 800 ext hard drive not working

    A gently used LaCie Firewire 800 external hard drive shows up in the apple system profiler but does not show up as a device I can
    use in the Finder menu. I purchased a new firewire cable but that didn't help. The unused usb port has collapsed into the unit, so I can't access the data using usb.

    The blue light goes on, so it has power to it. The Disk Utility will not run on it.

    LaCie has declined to help. I would appreciate any suggestions for solutions.

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    Hi,

    Do you have important data on the drive you need to try to recover, or are you just concerned about getting it up and running again?
    "Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining." -- Jef Raskin

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    Default I have lost confidence in LaCie

    I have lost confidence in LaCie. So, I would like to get the data off of the hard drive on to a brand of external hard drive that is more reliable. I definitely won't choose LaCie again. Any suggestions for how to access the data?

    Thank you for your help.

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    Lightbulb

    Someone else had an issue with LaCie. I see where their AC adapter or power supply is an issue with the D2. I don't think there really is such a thing as reliable FW anymore. I'd try to transition to SATA. There are FW/USB/SATA cases now in the Store, as well as SATA controllers and native SATA drives.

    I'll look some more but take a look at this thread and also this one for now. (I need to update the FireWire Troubleshooting page in the Troubleshooting Guide it looks like, too.)

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    Default Forgive my ignorance

    Looks like I have some learning to do. Thank you for the information and the links. I am using a 17 inch powerbook only. How would I hook up SATA to the powerbook?

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    Default cannot be done yet

    no Mac sata PCMCIA cards (yet)
    MacBook Pro Uni 2.4GHz with express card slot

    iMac G5

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