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  1. pez_queen

    pez_queen Thread Starter

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    I have just recieved a new LaCie 250G external hard drive that is supposed to be plug and play. When I plug the drive in using 2.0 USB it makes all the right noises.. but my mac dosent recognise it

    Im using it with a mini mac on OS X 10.4.7
     
  2. pugmug

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    Dang, and all this time I was thinking Mac's did everything.
     
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    You might try a seach for any LaCie archives here on TSG. In the past few months I have seen a number of threads where people had some problems with that particular brand being recognized by their machine.
     
  5. JohnWill

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    Have you partitioned and formatted it? If it was formatted NTFS, the MAC won't recognize the partition.
     
  6. pez_queen

    pez_queen Thread Starter

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    it hasnt been formatted at all - its literally out of the box and plugged in.
     
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    All of the Lacies i've owned / encountered were preformatted with NTFS. :cool:
     
  8. pez_queen

    pez_queen Thread Starter

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    it says its mac compatible.. I wondered if it was something to do with it being a mini mac - i think the set up is slightly different with the intel jobby
     
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    I have a Lacie that came formatted with FAT32. But at any rate on a PC shouldn't it at least be recognized in Disk Management or Device Manager even if it's unformatted or formatted with a file system the OS can't read? Don't know how Macs do things.
     
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    It gets wierder!

    on advice from LaCie I repaired the disc permissions and shut down the computer. I turned the external drive on, plugged it in and tried to start the Mac. It wouldnt start - the external drive prevents the mac from starting!
    When attempting to do so with the drive plugged in.. it makes the 'bonnng' noise that macs do when they start up.. then nothing! just a grey screen.
    the light on the drive goes orange/yellow and flashes like that as if it's busy.. but nothing happens.

    This is a replacement drive, supposedly new, that I recieved for a broken drive I returned for repair. the company (Pixmania) that I returned it to took FOUR MONTHS to send me this replacement. Understandably I am reluctant to return it to them again at extra cost to my self if the same thing is going to happen again.
    Any advice?
     
  11. pez_queen

    pez_queen Thread Starter

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    just checked - the drive is appearing on the system profiler :confused:
     
  12. JohnWill

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    Have you tried connecting it to a PC? You can then check to see what filesystem it's formatted with. I suspect that it might have been really "new", and is probably formatted incorrectly for the Mac.
     
  13. pez_queen

    pez_queen Thread Starter

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    Yep.. tried it with my friends PC running XP
    It makes the bing-bong noise and realises there's a USB device attached.. but the drive never appears on my computer. :mad:
     
  14. JohnWill

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    Did you look in Disk Management on the XP machine to see if it's there? That's the place to see what the status is.
     
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