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Question: Can I install a Lacie 4TB (Seagate-) SATA drive in my early 2008 MacPro

Hi all,


I have 2 external Lacie 4TB (Seagate-) SATA drives and one of them died a few days ago.

It is only 2 years old and a replacement ( warranty ) for another one that only lasted 12 months... 😟


It suddenly stpped working. I connected it through the power supply of my other 4TB drive and it did nothing, so I guess it has some power supply issues.

Now my question: is it possible to install this drive into my early 2008 Macpro ?


Thanks,


Peter

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Mar 2, 2018 8:58 AM in response to Peter lembrechts In response to Peter lembrechts

There are no known issues installing such a drive. The screws should even fit oK.


Later large drives such as 6GB have some models where the mounting screws closest to the platters have their screw-penetration depth limited, and even more recent large drives may have the screws nearest the platters relocated so that they no longer line up with the screws on the sled.


For models that don't line up, you need to go back to fundamentals: the purpose of the sled screws is to hold the drive fairly level as it slides in so that the connector at the back will mate properly. ANY way you can accomplish that (and still be able to slide the drive in and out) means the drive will work fine.


There are some 6GB and larger models that do not spin up properly after a restart, but work fine after a Shutdown/Restart.


The effective maximum storage size allowed is literally millions of times larger than any drive you can buy today, as long as you are running 10.4 or later.

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Mar 2, 2018 8:58 AM in response to Peter lembrechts In response to Peter lembrechts

There are no known issues installing such a drive. The screws should even fit oK.


Later large drives such as 6GB have some models where the mounting screws closest to the platters have their screw-penetration depth limited, and even more recent large drives may have the screws nearest the platters relocated so that they no longer line up with the screws on the sled.


For models that don't line up, you need to go back to fundamentals: the purpose of the sled screws is to hold the drive fairly level as it slides in so that the connector at the back will mate properly. ANY way you can accomplish that (and still be able to slide the drive in and out) means the drive will work fine.


There are some 6GB and larger models that do not spin up properly after a restart, but work fine after a Shutdown/Restart.


The effective maximum storage size allowed is literally millions of times larger than any drive you can buy today, as long as you are running 10.4 or later.

Mar 2, 2018 8:58 AM

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Mar 4, 2018 9:00 AM in response to Peter lembrechts In response to Peter lembrechts

LaCie had some problems some years ago with their external drives. The power supplies tended to fail. I think in general it is far better to buy a decent enclosure and install whatever drives one prefers. The cheap externals from Seagate and WD and others use the cheapest enclosures they can get away with, and they are often difficult to pry open if you need to extract the drive for trouble shooting.

Mar 4, 2018 9:00 AM

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Mar 9, 2018 2:19 AM in response to kahjot In response to kahjot

I installed the faulty drive in my Mac on tuesday and the first thing that popped up was this message: User uploaded file

Then, I started Techtool Pro to see if it could see the drive.

it couldn' t see any volumes on the drive, but could perform some tests.

- The surface scan revealed NO bad blocks.

- Smart Check gave me this:


User uploaded file

so I removed the drive as it seemed beyond repair...

Then I opened an old 1TB LaCie drive that I used for many years.

It showed some errors a few years ago and was the reason I bought a new LaCie drive ( the first 4TB one that failed and was replaced under warranty )

The 1TB drive showed up on the desktop with all files intact, so I fired up TechTool once more and it gave me this:

User uploaded file

Now I guess this one will die soon too...


Peter

Mar 9, 2018 2:19 AM

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