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Mac-Lacie Problems in Sri Lanka, need help!

Hi all,
I have a friend currently shooting in Sri Lanka.

Now he is in big trouble:
He’s stored all his images so far on a Lacie D2 hard drive.
He’s working on a G4 Powerbook and now the Powerbook can’t seem to get connected to the Lacie drive.
The blue light will turn on and the disc will spin, but the Icon wont turn up on the desk top!
Anyone experienced the same – and has a solution for it?
Or does anyone know of a Mac tech wizard in Columbo…?

Please help, David

by [a former member] at 2005-10-05 07:40:47 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Copenhagen , Denmark | Bookmark | | Report spam→

See if Disk Utility (in the utilities folder) can find and mount the hard drive. Also, a copy of DiskWarrior might be a wise investment…

by Dave Yoder | 05 Oct 2005 08:10 | Milan, Italy | | Report spam→
Hi Dave, tried Disk Utility already and it can’t find the hard drive…
Thanks though, David

by [former member] | 05 Oct 2005 09:10 | Copenhagen, Denmark | | Report spam→
Hi David, I’ve had the same problem. Never found any scientific solution other than trying over and over, disconnecting, reconnecting, restarting,etc, and trying the drive on other computers — sometimes/eventually, the icon shows up, and you can access the drive.

There’s a place in Columbo called Mac Technologies on the 2nd floor of Liberty Plaza. Don’t know if they are tech wizards, or even if they are really Mac operators, but they were very helpful — good internet connection also.

by teru kuwayama | 05 Oct 2005 09:10 | brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks Teru – fast and helpful as always. When do you actually have time to shoot, with all the replies you have to take care of… ;-)
Thanks alot – he’ll definitely check them out. David

by [former member] | 05 Oct 2005 09:10 (ed. Oct 5 2005) | Copenhagen, Denmark | | Report spam→
Ok, this seems pretty silly but it works. Just turnoff the computer, disconnect the power supply of
Lacie, wait for a minute and reconnect, and restart the computer. Atleast for me, my 250gb Lacie
mounts on my iBook after this little aerobics. Also, check if the firewire cable is in good shape, especially
the laptop firewire port.

by robert stone | 05 Oct 2005 10:10 | ny, United States | | Report spam→
I’ve had the same problem on both a G3 ibook and a G4 Powerbook, I was able to send back the powerbook – I had done and extended test just after this failure as the laptop was inside the ‘14 days since purchased’ window. i’m left wondering is it a firmware problem. Mine’s a LaCie 80gd portable drive (FA Porche). I’m got a new apple now so I’m going to hook up the drive, and burn all the data on to dvd. I think these LaCie drives are pants. Maybe your friend could try another (windows) computer and get all the data off?

All the advice vis-a-vis your drive ie. dis/reconnecting, disk utility is fine, you could also reinstall/update the firmware and then go through all the whole rigmarole again. It’s VERY fustrating…

by Sean Dwyer | 08 Oct 2005 14:10 | Dublin, Ireland | | Report spam→
yep, i agree. i bought a 120GB one, and never even got it to connect to my G4! followed the manual many times over but it never worked. would have taken it back but i bought it just before hopping a plane to another country. i agree with the comment that LaCie drives are no good – at least for Macs. try Seagate, or else use a big ipod as your travel backup drive – it plays music and video too!
best of luck with fixing this…

by Peter Stuckings | 31 Mar 2009 10:03 | Luang Prabang, Laos | | Report spam→
unfortunately, i have no advice (beyond what’s already been said) for you, but i wanted to jump in and say that i have owned a lacie d2 for at least 3 years and never had any problems. i think we all, me included, tend to jump on manufacturers when something doesn’t work right for us, not realizing that with the amount they produce we are likely in a very very small minority.

anyway, good luck with this. from what you’ve said, it sounds like the drive itself is still working. at least his images seem to be safe, you can’t replace those.

knock on wood….

by David Root | 31 Mar 2009 13:03 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
I had the same problem and was able to solve it by replacing the entire power cord

by Charles Eckert | 31 Mar 2009 14:03 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
I had several problems with Lacie hard drives while working in India… most of the times (if I remember well everytime), once back in Italy, they started to work perfectly again… I don’t know why… my “sensation” is that it is e a power problem. Other hard drives do not do this… maybe in some countries there is not power enought for the Lacie… who knows?
Good luck!

by Albertina D'Urso | 31 Mar 2009 17:03 (ed. Mar 31 2009) | Milano, Italy | | Report spam→
email me, i will provide a fix, if you’re still having trouble

by | 31 Mar 2009 20:03 | Toronto, Ontario, Canada | | Report spam→

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