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300 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Feb 13, 2013 8:49 PM by apple id number 11 RSS
apple id number 11 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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Feb 7, 2013 7:38 PM

I have an external Lacie Harddrive (1TB) that responds slowly. I also have other external HDS (2) and they are no problem; there is no lag between command and function. The HD in question really lags with the spinning icon wheel almost all the time; even when I simply click on a file icon.

 

I have about 250 GB left on the drive;

 

Does it need reformatting? Is it going out?

 

Any help would be appreciated; and the best answer will win over $1,000,000 dollars; a free 4-wheeler and 1 year supply of sticky glue. (not)

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • softwater Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)
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    Feb 7, 2013 8:47 PM (in response to apple id number 11)

    How old's the drive?

     

    There's basically three likely causes:

     

    1. faulty cable - test with another cable from one of the other drives

    2. faulty interface bus in the drives case - swap the drive into another enclosure and test

    3. physical wear on the drive platters - time to buy a new disk.

     

    Regardless, any data on this disk should be backed up immediately.

  • softwater Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)
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    Feb 9, 2013 2:14 AM (in response to apple id number 11)

    So that possibly (but not definitevly) rules out 3. What about 1 and 2.?

     

    Have you tried either of these tests yet?

  • softwater Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)
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    Feb 9, 2013 6:53 PM (in response to apple id number 11)

    I'm not sure if yours is the same model, but there's a world of painful stories from people having similar problems with Lacie drives in this thread.

     

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=740670

     

    There are also a variety of solutions offered, some worked for some and not for others. Might give you some ideas for how to more forward (p.s., if its a double drive RAID unit it doesn't look like you can swap the enclosure anyway, so forget my no.2).

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