Lacie D2 ext hard drive strange noises

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by camarao, Apr 24, 2005.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2005
    Lisbon, Portugal
    I've just bought a Lacie D2 Extreme 250gb and I find it noisy or perhaps it's not in good conditions.
    It is connected to the PC via USB 1( I will connect it to a powerbook next week ).
    I can hear a kind of fan ( or maybe is the drive rotating. Is it suposed to be always rotating ? )which makes an high pitch noise .
    And I can hear some strange noises like some metal thing is scratching the case. This happens sometimes (as an example,this happens when I select all the folders in the drive and then right-click in properties ) . Is this normal ? Everywhere I read it says this drive is silent but mine is not.
  2. macrumors 68000


    Feb 14, 2005
    Northern Ireland
    I wouldn't worry about it to be honest, I've had 2 Lacie d2 drives and although they dont produce fan noise, they're not that quiet, making clicky/clunky noises. Doesn't seem to affect the performance though..
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2004
    The noise you hear is the drive mechanism.

    The strange noises like some metal thing is scratching the case, is the arm as it moves the heads overs the surface of the platters.

    The other sound is the platters spinning, the drive normally spins at around 7,200 rpm, so expect some noise.
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2005
    Lisbon, Portugal
    Thank you guys !

    I still have 2 years warranty... I hope nothing happens.
  5. macrumors 603


    Oct 8, 2003
    Canberra OZ
    Yeah mines really noisy. Thats the only thing I dont like about the drive.
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2005
    Lisbon, Portugal
    I've just noticed that my Lacie D2 Extreme Triple Interface 250 gb external hard drive has a Maxtor drive inside. I've heard that Maxtor drives are noisier than other brands such as seagate. Do you think this is the problem ? Do Lacie D2 have all the same Maxtor drives inside ? Maybe it's better to return this drive and search for another model ... Any sugestions ? It has to be fanless, 7200 rpm and firewire 800.
  7. macrumors newbie

    May 1, 2005
    What about a loud beeping sound and then not mounting?

    My LaCie d2 Extreme triple interface 250GB hard drive has stopped mounting (again). This time, it makes a loud beeping noise before the computer (PowerBook G4 Titanium, OSX 10.3.9) gives me the "drive contains no readable OSX volumes, do you want to initialize?" message. I typically hit "Ignore" or "Eject", not wanting to lose the 200GB or so I have on it. Most is backed up, but not all (yeah, my fault). I've tried Disk Warrior and Data Rescue X, neither of which see it. Disk Utility sees a FireWire drive, but identifies it as a Maxtor 2TB drive and doesn't let me repair, scan or anything but erase.

    This happened two months ago, but without the awful noise and Disk Warrior was able to mount it.

    Any thoughts before I call LaCie and start yelling again?
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 7, 2003
    I think LaCie uses different vendors for their drives, but certainly a lot of them are Maxtor. I've got three of these going in different places and they are a little scratchy sounding now and then but none are noisy. Sometimes the surface they are sitting on transmits the noise and a bit of padding under might help.

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