Hi have a 160G usb2 external Lacie drive that I bought for music/pics - it seems to internittently lose data (whilst still showing the drive space as in use i.e onlt 120 gig available) and more worryingly makes quite large 'grrrrr' noises and keeps coming up with the message that the drive is not formatted do I want to do it now ? Obviously I then lose any data and it is impossible to finally delete the orginal files off my main PC hard drive. There are other issues such as it often wont let me delete files and often other 'system' files seem to appear (cant remember their name). I run XP on SP2 and have tried reformatting the ext drive in NTFS and FAT using different sized partitions but the problems reoccurr. I have contacted the supplier to return it as I simply cant rely on it (it was intended really as a server to my wireless media box). However I keep thinking maybe I am doing something wrong (p.s I also ensure that it is 'removed safely' when turning off.) It is my first post so be gentle !
Sounds like a duff drive to me click here for hard drive dianostics and ultilitys but I reckon your prob best to get a new one from the manufacturer. You could also try running a scandisk on the drive check it for bad sectors
Thanks for both replies - my feeling is that there is something wrong but the terms and conditions of the return mean I dont want to send it unecessarily. The most telling example of a fault for me is the fact that my media folder software will not accept file associations with it no matter what I do, but works fine on my main drive. This renders it useless as additional storage.