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  1. #1
    Ext User(Peter Pan) Guest

    Lacie ethernet big disk issue

    I got this unit not that long ago. I was told it was working fine prior to
    handing it over to me.
    It is a 1 TB Lacie ethernet big disk.

    I connected it with USB cable and installed the driver software. Nothing
    happens and the unit doesn't show up in windows explorer or disk management
    console.
    So, I used the network cable as a second try and plugged it directly to the
    network card at the back of the pc. Then installed the software drivers.
    Still not detecting it.
    Also, it tend to freeze up the system as well. I meant, the pc either freeze
    up or dramatically slow down, while I connect the above ethernet external
    disk. Yet, nothing happens.
    What is going on here?

    Any help will be much appreciated.



  2. #2
    Ext User(SG1) Guest

    Re: Lacie ethernet big disk issue


    "Peter Pan" <ppan@gmail.com> wrote in message
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    >I got this unit not that long ago. I was told it was working fine prior to
    >handing it over to me.
    > It is a 1 TB Lacie ethernet big disk.
    >
    > I connected it with USB cable and installed the driver software. Nothing
    > happens and the unit doesn't show up in windows explorer or disk
    > management console.
    > So, I used the network cable as a second try and plugged it directly to
    > the network card at the back of the pc. Then installed the software
    > drivers. Still not detecting it.
    > Also, it tend to freeze up the system as well. I meant, the pc either
    > freeze up or dramatically slow down, while I connect the above ethernet
    > external disk. Yet, nothing happens.
    > What is going on here?
    >
    > Any help will be much appreciated.

    Possibly formatted for Mac. Have you tried 3rd party software to see &
    format it??


  3. #3
    Ext User(Peter Pan) Guest

    Re: Lacie ethernet big disk issue


    "SG1" <Lost.it@theraces.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > "Peter Pan" <ppan@gmail.com> wrote in message
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    >>I got this unit not that long ago. I was told it was working fine prior to
    >>handing it over to me.
    >> It is a 1 TB Lacie ethernet big disk.
    >>
    >> I connected it with USB cable and installed the driver software. Nothing
    >> happens and the unit doesn't show up in windows explorer or disk
    >> management console.
    >> So, I used the network cable as a second try and plugged it directly to
    >> the network card at the back of the pc. Then installed the software
    >> drivers. Still not detecting it.
    >> Also, it tend to freeze up the system as well. I meant, the pc either
    >> freeze up or dramatically slow down, while I connect the above ethernet
    >> external disk. Yet, nothing happens.
    >> What is going on here?
    >>
    >> Any help will be much appreciated.

    > Possibly formatted for Mac. Have you tried 3rd party software to see &
    > format it??
    >

    I couldn't get into the hard drive inside the Lacie ethernet disk via the
    USB or ethernet cable.



  4. #4
    Ext User(Damian) Guest

    Re: Lacie ethernet big disk issue


    "Peter Pan" <ppan@gmail.com> wrote in message
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    >I got this unit not that long ago. I was told it was working fine prior to
    >handing it over to me.
    > It is a 1 TB Lacie ethernet big disk.
    >
    > I connected it with USB cable and installed the driver software. Nothing
    > happens and the unit doesn't show up in windows explorer or disk
    > management console.
    > So, I used the network cable as a second try and plugged it directly to
    > the network card at the back of the pc. Then installed the software
    > drivers. Still not detecting it.
    > Also, it tend to freeze up the system as well. I meant, the pc either
    > freeze up or dramatically slow down, while I connect the above ethernet
    > external disk. Yet, nothing happens.
    > What is going on here?
    >
    > Any help will be much appreciated.
    >


    You need to isolate the problem.
    Find out whether it's the NAS unit or the hard drive inside it that causes
    the problem.
    This unit ain't a new one. So, I dunno, whether there's one 1TB hard drive
    in it or two hard drives.
    It appeared to be bricked for some reason, assuming you've done the
    driver+software installation thing correctly.
    I would open it up and take out the hard drive, and test it separately.
    Use an external USB harddrive case or install it into the PC as a second
    hard drive.
    Then see if the drive is working ok. If it happens to be two drives, then
    you need to test both of them.
    If the hard drives are fine, then you can be sure around 90% it the NAS unit
    that's faulty.



  5. #5
    Ext User(Bob Milutinovic) Guest

    Re: Lacie ethernet big disk issue

    "Peter Pan" <ppan@gmail.com> wrote in message
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    >I got this unit not that long ago. I was told it was working fine prior to
    >handing it over to me.
    > It is a 1 TB Lacie ethernet big disk.
    >
    > I connected it with USB cable and installed the driver software. Nothing
    > happens


    By "nothing happens," do you mean that it's completely lifeless? Does it
    spin up? To check this, pick it up whilst plugged in and if it's spinning,
    you'll notice a slight gyroscopic effect.

    > and the unit doesn't show up in windows explorer or disk management
    > console.


    Have you checked Device Manager to make sure it's actually recognising the
    drive as a device?

    > So, I used the network cable as a second try and plugged it directly to
    > the network card at the back of the pc. Then installed the software
    > drivers. Still not detecting it.


    That'll never work. You need to either plug it into a switch/router/hub, or
    use a crossover network cable to plug it directly into your computer. Under
    normal circumstances, it'd expect to be configured by a DHCP server on your
    network (usually a service provided by your router), but the bundled
    software will allow you to configure it with a static IP.

    > Also, it tend to freeze up the system as well. I meant, the pc either
    > freeze up or dramatically slow down, while I connect the above ethernet
    > external disk.


    Your computer thinks it's connecting to a new network, so the network
    services scuttle off in a flurry of activity trying to auto-configure.

    > Yet, nothing happens.
    > What is going on here?
    >
    > Any help will be much appreciated.
    >


    Reading the manual would help; I'm sure Lacie are far better at "dumbing
    down" concepts than I'll ever be.

    --
    Bob Milutinovic
    Cognicom


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    Ext User(Peter Pan) Guest

    Re: Lacie ethernet big disk issue


    "Bob Milutinovic" <cognicom@gmail.com> wrote in message
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    > "Peter Pan" <ppan@gmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:l2gjsn$a6j$1@dont-email.me...
    >>I got this unit not that long ago. I was told it was working fine prior to
    >>handing it over to me.
    >> It is a 1 TB Lacie ethernet big disk.
    >>
    >> I connected it with USB cable and installed the driver software. Nothing
    >> happens

    >
    > By "nothing happens," do you mean that it's completely lifeless? Does it
    > spin up? To check this, pick it up whilst plugged in and if it's spinning,
    > you'll notice a slight gyroscopic effect.


    Yes, it is spinning. But, freezes up the computer(with the USB cable
    connected).

    >
    >> and the unit doesn't show up in windows explorer or disk management
    >> console.

    >
    > Have you checked Device Manager to make sure it's actually recognising the
    > drive as a device?
    >
    >> So, I used the network cable as a second try and plugged it directly to
    >> the network card at the back of the pc. Then installed the software
    >> drivers. Still not detecting it.

    >
    > That'll never work. You need to either plug it into a switch/router/hub,
    > or use a crossover network cable to plug it directly into your computer.
    > Under normal circumstances, it'd expect to be configured by a DHCP server
    > on your network (usually a service provided by your router), but the
    > bundled software will allow you to configure it with a static IP.


    Thank you. Bob Yes, I understand now.
    Ethernet disks are little computers themselves, according to the manual.
    Due to that, can't be connected directly using the network cable supplied
    with the unit, it says.
    I plugged it to my second(backup) ADSL router.
    DHCP assigned it the ip address 10.0.0.1
    So, I can access the admin page now.
    I'm not sure the reason the original router didn't like it or the reason it
    didn't work with the USB cable directly plugged into the PC.
    I think it is a conflict as you explained(ip adress conflict? according to
    google).
    Now I am trying to configure it further and get it going. I won't worry
    about the connection via USB.

    >
    >> Also, it tend to freeze up the system as well. I meant, the pc either
    >> freeze up or dramatically slow down, while I connect the above ethernet
    >> external disk.

    >
    > Your computer thinks it's connecting to a new network, so the network
    > services scuttle off in a flurry of activity trying to auto-configure.


    Yes. I think you explained it nicely.

    >
    >> Yet, nothing happens.
    >> What is going on here?
    >>
    >> Any help will be much appreciated.
    >>

    >
    > Reading the manual would help; I'm sure Lacie are far better at "dumbing
    > down" concepts than I'll ever be.


    You just did a far better job. I got it going thanks to you.

    >Started reading the manual. It really does help.


    It did, indeed.

    >
    > --
    > Bob Milutinovic
    > Cognicom
    >




  7. #7
    Ext User(Damian) Guest

    Re: Lacie ethernet big disk issue


    "Bob Milutinovic" <cognicom@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:l2kask$892$1@dont-email.me...
    > "Peter Pan" <ppan@gmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:l2gjsn$a6j$1@dont-email.me...
    >>I got this unit not that long ago. I was told it was working fine prior to
    >>handing it over to me.
    >> It is a 1 TB Lacie ethernet big disk.
    >>
    >> I connected it with USB cable and installed the driver software. Nothing
    >> happens

    >
    > By "nothing happens," do you mean that it's completely lifeless? Does it
    > spin up? To check this, pick it up whilst plugged in and if it's spinning,
    > you'll notice a slight gyroscopic effect.


    That's obviously a better way to assess the harddrive activity than having
    to open up the unit as
    I suggested. Probably that was bad advice, suggesting a NAS novice to open
    up the unit.
    Bob obviously had a better clue to point out the reason the unit didn't work
    with plugging straight into the
    PC with the network cable, which I couldn't notice.
    I get carried away with the need to open up things and it's not everybody's
    cup of tea, nor it is the best way to fix
    issues all the time.


    >
    >> and the unit doesn't show up in windows explorer or disk management
    >> console.

    >
    > Have you checked Device Manager to make sure it's actually recognising the
    > drive as a device?
    >
    >> So, I used the network cable as a second try and plugged it directly to
    >> the network card at the back of the pc. Then installed the software
    >> drivers. Still not detecting it.

    >
    > That'll never work. You need to either plug it into a switch/router/hub,
    > or use a crossover network cable to plug it directly into your computer.
    > Under normal circumstances, it'd expect to be configured by a DHCP server
    > on your network (usually a service provided by your router), but the
    > bundled software will allow you to configure it with a static IP.


    Yes. NAS drives are 'mini' computers themselves.
    As Bob explained, straightthrough ethernet cable won't work for connecting a
    NAS unit directly into a computer network card.
    Either crossover cable or crossover adapter is necessary. There are some
    units can auto detect that(as some routers) and use either one
    of the cables, but this unit won't do that.
    This 'unhappiness' with USB connection+drivers isn't that uncommon. Many
    routers have that issue as well.
    If you wanna connect this NAS unit directly to the computer, use a
    crossover cable or a crossover adapter,
    then use windows network sharing setttings to access the NAS storage.
    I bet it will yield better resutls than USB.


    >
    >> Also, it tend to freeze up the system as well. I meant, the pc either
    >> freeze up or dramatically slow down, while I connect the above ethernet
    >> external disk.

    >
    > Your computer thinks it's connecting to a new network, so the network
    > services scuttle off in a flurry of activity trying to auto-configure.
    >
    >> Yet, nothing happens.
    >> What is going on here?
    >>
    >> Any help will be much appreciated.
    >>

    >
    > Reading the manual would help; I'm sure Lacie are far better at "dumbing
    > down" concepts than I'll ever be.
    >
    > --
    > Bob Milutinovic
    > Cognicom
    >




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