8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 26, 2011 10:44 AM by bruce1955
MGMinGI Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have Lion 10.7.1.  I am trying to install the LaCie setup Assistant.  I an getting the following error "You can't open the application LaCie Setup Assistant because PowerPC applications are no longer supported"


What do I do?


Thank you for any help provided.


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,280 points)

    I did this myself 1 week ago.


    Go into DU.


    Select the *external* (be careful on that) disk in the left list ... NOT any partitions on the disk


    Select "Partition"


    Select "1 partition" in place of "Current" (or two, if you want, but backups should be 1 partition).


    Under "options" select "GUID"


    Name the disk as you wish.




    That will give you a GPT partitioned disk to use for TM or CarbonCopyClone.


    You will lose the LaCie manuals on the disk, but who cares ... internet will have those and they are not needed for me at least anyway.

  • MGMinGI Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for you response.  I am farely new to MAC and your response was beyond what I am comfortable in trying.  Mostly, I have no idea what DU is.


    Thanks again:)

  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,280 points)

    I was thinking of that very failure a few minutes ago ...


    Finder > Applicaions > Utilitites > Disk Utility


    Also follow https://discussions.apple.com/message/16249731#16249731to find another thread where "Stress Test" attached a pretty picture ...


    This is easy enough to to, but ALWAYS remeber that until "Apply" is pressed, the RED bubble in the window will cancel the disk changes.


    Walk through it slowly as you need, but save "Apply" until you are comfortable.


    When you have accomplished that, re-post and "PowerPC" explanation wlll be provided.

  • bruce1955 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the instructions, I'm about to try this with a new LaCie minimus 1TB drive on a MacBook Pro running OS 10.7.2. However, I was planning on creating two partitions; one for backup (Time Machine) and the other for general storage. Could you explain why "backups should be 1 partition"? Is my plan to have 2 partitions on the drive a bad idea?



  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,280 points)

    Your backup is the main defense against losing critical information.


    You want as much space available (1 TB will vanish quicky as multiple copies of your files accumulate, which is the way it is suppoed to work).


    Also ... why "play around with picture files" on the same disk that is your "catastrophe recovery?  Keep your backups separate.  Just keep them separate.


    Also, download CarbonCopyClone instead of using TimeMachine.  CarbonCopyClone makes a fully bootable copy of your startup disk.  That means when (al disks die eventually) the main internal disk has issues, you simply boot off that clone and you have a fully functional OSX to perfrom necessary repairs to the internal OR to clone that image back onto your new internal if it really dies.

  • bruce1955 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the information. Although I don't "play around with picture files" (perhaps you are confusing my post with another?), I do like the philosophy of keeping the backup just for backup. Storage is cheap. I'll track down CarbonCopyClone right away.


    thanks for keeping your responses understandable for new users.

  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,280 points)

    My wording may have been unfortunate.


    I meant that "casual use" of a drive that has your critical backup is not considered wise.

  • bruce1955 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    As a follow up, see the archived discussion on the Carbon Copy Cloner discussion pages, with suggestion for a partitioned disk for TM and CCC. Also has comment by Mike Bombich (CCC master). So keep an external drive exclusively for backup, but can do both TM and CCC on same drive:


    http://help.bombich.com/discussions/questions/191-using-same-hd-for-ccc-backups- and-time-machine