Lacie Bigger Disc - NOISY!!!

iGary

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OK, so I had a 1TB Lacie Bigger Disc and returned it because it mad a totall annoying grinding noise (like a grinding mill).

Got another one and it does the same thing...

Any other 1TB owners experience the same thing?

I turn the bloody thing off all the time because it drives me insane.
 

jamesW135

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Hmm, From what I've heard the LaCies are kinda quiet. Maybe I'm wrong ( I don't actually own one )
 

iGary

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I'll admit, I'm pretty sensitive to noises (my G5's chirps make me mad), but I could hear the thing in the kitchen this morning and my office is a good 15 feet away.
 

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Isn't that the one that contains 2 x 500gb drives in a RAID config of some sort? The one that looks like it needs careful cooling?

Like you, I also hate noisy computer equipment. Well, I hate most noise anyway...

Could you not put it in a drawer or some other ventilated enclosure?
 

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Mine too...

Mine too... it is from the fans. If you tap the back of the drive it will stop grinding. My guess is the bearings on the fan are 'dry'. I appears that Lacie sorta went cheap with their fan hardware.
 

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trance2 said:
Mine too... it is from the fans. If you tap the back of the drive it will stop grinding. My guess is the bearings on the fan are 'dry'. I appears that Lacie sorta went cheap with their fan hardware.
I'll find a longer FW800 cable and put it on the floor. Gives me more desk space anyway.

POS :rolleyes:
 

ham_man

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Hide in a drawer or something. Mine started making noise so I put it in a cabinet. Works...:D
 

DeSnousa

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My Maxtor 100gb external makes a loud grinding noise on occasion. I think its normal, it occurs when i start it up and then when im doing something really large, such as video editing.

You work with large photo's, so the lacie is just working, nothing more. Is it really that annoying? because its not constant, is it?
 

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DeSnousa said:
My Maxtor 100gb external makes a loud grinding noise on occasion. I think its normal, it occurs when i start it up and then when im doing something really large, such as video editing.

You work with large photo's, so the lacie is just working, nothing more. Is it really that annoying? because its not constant, is it?
I have the Maxtor One Touch Alumium/Blue one 100GB external, also, and it makes the start up grind noise as well.
 

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Nah, this is a continuous noise.

I put it under the desk next to the Dell until it behaves itself or blows up. :cool:
 

DeSnousa

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iGary said:
Nah, this is a continuous noise.

I put it under the desk next to the Dell until it behaves itself or blows up. :cool:
Sounds like a great plan :p Sounds dodge though, send a PM to Rod Rod he has a 1 terrabyte lacie drive as well. He can tell you if it normal or not.
 

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We just bought 10 of the Bigger Disk Extreme models at work. Every one of them sounds like a washing machine. I've tried tapping mine, which didn't help. Then I put it in a drawer, which is a bad idea, as the fans kick up, and then it really makes a racket.

I have a shelf under my desk, so I put it there. I then put a portable fan down there to keep it cool, even though it isn't necessary.
 

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Any of the d2 drives, unlike the FA Porsche drives, tend to be quite loud. S'why I'm getting a Porsche for my personal files and leaving the d2 to only be on for video work.
 

Arnaud

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iGary said:
OK, then it's just a sucky loud drive.
You can still put it in the fridge of your kitchen, and extend a 15-feet FW cable. (The FW cable might go through the rubber seal of the door, I guess).
This way it'll be far away from your office, to reduce the noise, and cool, to limit the activity of the fans.
On the other hand, the condensation might end-up damaging the bearings of the fan, which means a sawing-machine noise in the morning when you go for your bottle of milk (but if that's the price to pay...).
And if the condensation makes it to the power-supply, then you're toasted (but if that happens at breakfast...).

:p

On a side note, I use a LaCie Big (300Gb) and a LaCie Extreme (250Gb), and they both make weird, loud (although not continuous) noises, the more with the Extreme. But it's kinda covered by the noise of my "whisper-quiet" iMac G5 on the desk :(

A.
 

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Arnaud said:
You can still put it in the fridge of your kitchen, and extend a 15-feet FW cable. (The FW cable might go through the rubber seal of the door, I guess).
This way it'll be far away from your office, to reduce the noise, and cool, to limit the activity of the fans.
On the other hand, the condensation might end-up damaging the bearings of the fan, which means a sawing-machine noise in the morning when you go for your bottle of milk (but if that's the price to pay...).
And if the condensation makes it to the power-supply, then you're toasted (but if that happens at breakfast...).

:p

On a side note, I use a LaCie Big (300Gb) and a LaCie Extreme (250Gb), and they both make weird, loud (although not continuous) noises, the more with the Extreme. But it's kinda covered by the noise of my "whisper-quiet" iMac G5 on the desk :(

A.
Can't hear it under the desk. :D

My whisper quiet G5 Turbofan™ takes care of that. :p
 

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iGary said:
Can't hear it under the desk. :D
I thought about that too, putting my iMac under the desk. The BT keyboard and mouse could stay on the desk. Only problem would be the screen, obviously, unless I can separate it from the rest of the machine. (Anybody got a saw for me?) ;)

Mmmm, I'm not sure the sleek-iPod/iMac-designing team would be satisfied with the result... :D
 

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iGary said:
My whisper quiet G5 Turbofan™ takes care of that. :p
My computer is whisper quiet too. Too bad whispers are so damn loud :)

I think the perfect computer would be a fanless, diskless desk machine wired to hard drives you can hide in a cupboard or in the attic. Also one of those gigabyte memory drives would be great to keep speed up and noise down. Gigabyte internet or Firewire 800 would be perfect.

Although more perfect would be a computer which had massive heatsinks that could run passive most of the time but had fans which only came on at high temperatures so you could actually do real intensive work on it from time to time.
 

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TBi said:
My computer is whisper quiet too. Too bad whispers are so damn loud :)

I think the perfect computer would be a fanless, diskless desk machine wired to hard drives you can hide in a cupboard or in the attic. Also one of those gigabyte memory drives would be great to keep speed up and noise down. Gigabyte internet or Firewire 800 would be perfect.

Although more perfect would be a computer which had massive heatsinks that could run passive most of the time but had fans which only came on at high temperatures so you could actually do real intensive work on it from time to time.
From the very old ages... There was this guy who had installed his Apple II Gs central unit in the cellar of his house, and extended wires for everything else (keyboard, mouse, monitor, floppy drives...) so he could use the machine from his 1st floor...

iGary, if you've got a cellar, you can take the Bigger disk out of the fridge... (but beware of the spider webs).
 

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Arnaud said:
From the very old ages... There was this guy who had installed his Apple II Gs central unit in the cellar of his house, and extended wires for everything else (keyboard, mouse, monitor, floppy drives...) so he could use the machine from his 1st floor...

iGary, if you've got a cellar, you can take the Bigger disk out of the fridge... (but beware of the spider webs).
LOL :D

Edit: Wait a minute, what am I laughing at - this POS was nearly a grand. :mad:
 

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Wow, thanks for posting this. I hate noisey equipment when working in a quiet office. I cant even have clocks that make ticking noises.....Aaagh.

I was planning to pickup a LaCie External though.... I was looking at maybe getting the Big Disk Extreme 500GB, then getting another when I need it.

Do the Big Disk Extreme's make loud noises like the Bigger Disk Extreme??
 

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VanMac said:
Wow, thanks for posting this. I hate noisey equipment when working in a quiet office. I cant even have clocks that make ticking noises.....Aaagh.

I was planning to pickup a LaCie External though.... I was looking at maybe getting the Big Disk Extreme 500GB, then getting another when I need it.

Do the Big Disk Extreme's make loud noises like the Bigger Disk Extreme??
No, I had a 250GB Lacie drive, which was basically quiet all the time.
 

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VanMac said:
Wow, thanks for posting this. I hate noisey equipment when working in a quiet office. I cant even have clocks that make ticking noises.....Aaagh.

I was planning to pickup a LaCie External though.... I was looking at maybe getting the Big Disk Extreme 500GB, then getting another when I need it.

Do the Big Disk Extreme's make loud noises like the Bigger Disk Extreme??
I use (as said above) both a LaCie Big (300Gb) and a LaCie Extreme (250Gb), and they are fine to work with. They basically do the "normal" HD noise, which is a very, very low humming noise. In addition, you can recognize a reading/writing noise, a little louder, when the computer accesses them (so far, normal). Finally, the Extreme HD (more recent, bought 2 weeks ago) has some louder clicking noises once in a while or while dismounting, but they are rare and not so much an issue at all.
They are both away from my desk, I don't hear so much of them.
(NB: there were a couple of threads about La Cie disks on this forum in the last couple of weeks, check them and you can make yourself an idea about the level of happiness of the users).

I understand from the previous posts that the noise issue of the 1TB Bigger Disk is due to the higher use of the fans, and that brings a continuous annoying sound.
 

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iGary said:
OK, so I had a 1TB Lacie Bigger Disc and returned it because it mad a totall annoying grinding noise (like a grinding mill).

Got another one and it does the same thing...

Any other 1TB owners experience the same thing?

I turn the bloody thing off all the time because it drives me insane.
Yep. same thing. I also returned the drive and got another. Exact same problem. There was a thread about this a while ago and someone else had the same problem.

I gave up on it. The drive was unusable in my office (I have an office in a separate building out the back of my house). I'd planned to attach it to my powermac. Instead I put a 300GB Maxtor drive in bay 2 of the PM, and I attached the LaCie to my Mini and relocated both of them into a kitchen cupboard in the house (yes, really!).
 
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