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Reliability of refurbished external drives

Am I asking for trouble by buying a refurbished external >1TB drive? [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan on Aug 11, 2011 - 9 answers

Average lifespan of LaCie d2 Quadra?

My internal hard drive died, and new purchases are out of the question for a while. Wondering about the drive lifespan of the LaCie d2 Quadra that is my bootable backup. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Mar 13, 2010 - 18 answers

Why is my external hard drive revving?

Why is my external hard drive revving? [more inside]
posted by gene_machine on Jan 21, 2010 - 12 answers

Backing up a messed up older Mac?

Best method/software for efficient, non-annoying backup for a slightly older Mac (G4 running 10.3.9)? [more inside]
posted by southvie on Oct 28, 2009 - 4 answers

How to make my LaCie 5big NAS better?

LaCie 5Big NAS hacks/modifications/tricks? [more inside]
posted by Señor Pantalones on Sep 13, 2009 - 4 answers

La Cie external drive failure

Mac, Leopard, La Cie external hard disk drive spins but does not mount. What's my best option for getting data off this drive? [more inside]
posted by gen on Nov 2, 2008 - 21 answers

How many hard drives does it take, before WinXP can see them?

External hard showing "weird". Better known as, sharing an external/portable hard drive between osx and winxp. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Jun 23, 2008 - 10 answers

Help with TestDisk - Recoving LaCie Hard Drive

My LaCie 500 GB external hard drive is being uncooperative today - its main partition was deleted somehow. I wasn't doing anything out of the ordinary, just plugged it in and Windows saw it as a blank disk. Although I see the lost partition in TestDisk, repeated attempts to recover it have proved to be fruitless. What should I do now? [more inside]
posted by charlesroper on Nov 20, 2007 - 7 answers

Protecting a LaCie desktop hard drive?

Are there any protective covers or cases available for the LaCie d2 Quadra? [more inside]
posted by The Bridge on the River Kai Ryssdal on Oct 7, 2007 - 3 answers

amateur hard drive swap, or road to sorrow?

Can/should I re-use the enclosure for a hard drive I have outgrown as a housing for a new hard drive, or should I just buy new? Either way, what should I be buying? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jun 2, 2007 - 7 answers

Purchasing an external drive. Questions...

Need more hard drive space... am about to buy a 500 or 600 gb external (LaCie) drive and mentioned it to a friend and she said not to go higher than a 320 due to overheating problems. Experienced MeFites, what do you say? Also, being a Firewire person, I have a dumb USB 2.0 question: can they be chained together? Any other drive anecdotes that might be useful in my purchase are appreciated. I'm on a Mac. [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Mar 1, 2007 - 23 answers

I need help unbloating an external drive

Tag&Rename bloated my external drive and now I can't access the drive. Is there an easier/faster way to get my files off the drive? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore on Feb 9, 2006 - 2 answers

Will our Protools backup scheme work?

A few questions about our Pro-Tools setup. [more inside]
posted by jon_kill on Dec 12, 2005 - 7 answers

Can't burn a CD on external drive on OS X...

Problems burning a CD on an external drive using an iMac G3 600 with Tiger [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Oct 1, 2005 - 8 answers

My LaCie FW 512 GB HD won't STFU

I use a LaCie 500 GB firewire hard drive for backing up my files and running my iTunes library on it (I'm running OS 10.4 - Tiger). Even when I don't use it, it continues to make noise like it's still spinning. What gives? Is this an indication that something is wrong? [more inside]
posted by psmealey on May 12, 2005 - 13 answers

External Hard Drive Failure

I purchased a 160GB external LaCie USB 2.0 drive last month from CompUSA, and today it quit working. I have an iMac G5 running OS X 10.3.8, which told me the drive could not be recognized, and whenever I turn on the drive, it gives me a pulsating screeching sound as it tries to access itself. I called LaCie, who says its a hard drisk mechanism failure (read: "our shit crashed and lost your data") and will repair the drive, but everything on it is lost unless I recover it beforehand somehow. DriveSavers is going to cost me some $2,000 or so which is outrageous, considering I'm a college student, and the drive was investment enough itself. It has some 40GB of music, and almost 100GB of video -- I'm looking for a service that can recover my data cheaply, and without voiding LaCie's warranty would be a plus. Does anyone know of any alternate solutions, have you heard of this happening to someone else or has it happened to you? WTF?
posted by jruckman on Feb 28, 2005 - 11 answers

How robust/durable are LaCie firewire drives?

How robust/durable are LaCie firewire drives? [+] [more inside]
posted by psmealey on Feb 7, 2005 - 14 answers

Can I force this Lacie firewire drive to format as FAT32?

I've just bought a Lacie 160 gigabyte firewire drive. It's to be plugged into a Windows XP machine, but also to be written to and read by a Mac OSX machine. I want to format it with the FAT32 file system, but Windows won't let me. Is there a way to force the drive to format as FAT32? [More inside...] [more inside]
posted by skylar on Oct 28, 2004 - 5 answers

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