replacing the hd in a lacie fw drive

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by fowler., Oct 8, 2008.

  1. fowler. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 18, 2004
    I bought a used 500 gig lacie drive a while back. It's the big enclosure.

    Well, it died and I finally bought a new hd for it.

    I don't have it in hand quite yet, but decided to disassemble the enclosure to get it ready.

    To my surprise, there are 2 250 gig drives in there. Like, had no idea it would be set up like that.

    So, my question is, can I remove both and drop the 500 in there and have it work perfect?

    I've been toying around with the enclosure, trying to only use 1 drive at a time and it's not really working... at all. ha ha. I mean, the real test comes when the actual drive shows up... but at this point, I'm really doubting it's going to work.
  2. logana macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
    Sounds as if the disk control is broken - seems unlikely that both drives would die at the same time. So when you get your new drive it still won't work.

    Can you not try the old disks in another enclosure or PC or something....
  3. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    The drives in the lacie are RAID 0, so the data is split between the drives. If one drives go, all data is lost, and you are dead in the water.

    To test this, reformat the drives, and see if you can access them as individual drives (JBOD). This will tell you which drive is dead. If neither work, then the controller becomes suspect.
    It may not be both drives, but rather a single drive died. Nothing can be read, as half of the stripes are unavailable. The controller may be OK.

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