Also having problems getting Mac to recognize portable drive, tried everything

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Zaphkiel, Feb 25, 2006.

  1. Zaphkiel macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys.

    I'm having immense problems with getting my Powerbook G4, running Tiger, to recognize my LaCie 80 GB USB-only Porsche design (supposedly the design makes a difference, I don't know why) portable drive. I have seen other threads in this forum with other users who've been having problems with their drives, but I've tried all the solutions and so far nothing has worked.

    LaCie's website has a driver that is supposed to make everything compatible and working, but it does not seem to be installing correctly. When I attempt to install the driver with the drive disconnected, I receive a message saying that nothing that needs updating has been detected. However, with the drive connected, I get no message at all! According to the instructions that come with the driver, I'm supposed to receive a message that says such and such needs updating.

    the drive is configured to work on both Macs and PCs, and up until now has been working perfectly. Also the drive, when connected, makes a clicking noise which I am told is the drive attempting to read itself, but it is unable to. The light on the front also constantly flickers between red and orange, when normally it stays orange.

    It shows up under USB in disk utilities. I am not sure if this is pertinent, because I don't know if this is normal, but its version is listed as being "0.00".

    I have tried both USB ports, with the same results. The problem does not seem to be with the ports themselves, as they accepted other drives and a tablet perfectly. This drive has no Firewire ports, so that isn't an option.

    I'm absolutely at my wits' end here. Can anyone help me out?
     
  2. mklos macrumors 68000

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    Are you sure there's nothing wrong with the hard drive? Possibly the external case has an issue? If it does indeed show up in Disk Utility, can you click ONCE on it to select it and then click on the File menu in Disk Utility and then click on Mount and have it mount on the desktop? Its just something to try. I don't know what everything tried is, so I don't know what you have and have not tried to get it working.
     
  3. Zaphkiel thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oops

    Argh, made a huge mistake here. I didn't mean disk utility, I meant system profiler.

    Anyway, it's not listed in disk utilities at all, so I can't try the mount.
     
  4. mklos macrumors 68000

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    Sounds to me like there's either a problem with the chipset in the case, or with the hard drive itself.

    Do you have another Mac to plug this into just for ***** and giggles to see if it mounts?
     
  5. Zaphkiel thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It mounts on other Macs just fine, but they're running older versions of OS X and I have no Macs running Tiger to test, unfortunately. I don't know if that's at all relevant, though. Eeek.
     
  6. mklos macrumors 68000

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    Hmm...weird! Have you tried plugging the hard drive into another Mac since the problems you're currently having?
     
  7. Zaphkiel thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No, unfortunately. But the last time I used this drive on a Mac was on Tuesday, and it worked great.
     

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