I have always had a very noisy externa LaCie 1TB drive, so noisy that basically I put it on, transfer the files and turn it off.
I have been using an external Iomega 1TB drive recently and though it is much much quieter (I can certainly leave it on) it is still very noisy.
I do have a couple of external 40GB LaCie host powered drives and these are very quiet.
So what I am trying to find is a quiet drive, but a large quiet drive, at least 1TB in size, though 500GB would be fine as well.
I have been tidying up my office at home, and moving the desk around.
I took the opportunity to unplug everything from the iMac in order to clean the power cables of all the external drives I have – it’s incredible how dusty they get stuck behind the Mac and the desk.
Having moved everything off the desk and moved the desk I put everything back.
Problem, the (somewhat irritating) blue light on my external LaCie DVD burner wasn’t on. Checked the powerstrip (I knew I had plugged it in), checked that the power supply was attached, even checked the firewire cables.
Okay lets unplug all the other firewire devices; I have three firewire devices daisy-chained together, the DVD burner, an EyeTV 410 and a LaCie external hard drive.
So with just the burner attached, still no luck, wouldn’t even appear in System Profiler.
Had I broken it?
Was there a secret on off switch?
Annoyed, you bet!
Okay maybe it’s a duff socket on the powerstrip, lets change that over…
The plug was in the socket, but was not all the way in.
Plug it in, okay so now it works!