Mac Mini :: New Mini Won't Recognize An External Drive (LaCie 1TB Porsche Design?
Feb 6, 2012
Have a new Mac Mini, using an external drive but I can't get it to show up in finder. It's a Lacie 1TB Porsche design HDD, using a USB connection directly into the mini. I tried it at first by connecting to an open usb on my cinema display..no good. Also no good when connected directly into the mini.
I own a Mac Mini and am considering a LaCie 1TB external drive, model number 301304U. It's the one designed by Neil Poulton, is a sleek black box with a blue light on the bottom. It has a USB 2.0 input and an on/off switch in the back. I'd like to know which manufacturer really made the drive inside the LaCie box. I know LaCie uses different manufacturers, but I can't find out any information anywhere about which manufacturer's drive is inside this model, or other LaCie models in general. I guess the same can be said for many other hard drive companies. Heck, even Apple uses Hitachi. That's what came inside the Mac Mini (a 120GB drive), though I now have a 320GB drive inside.
I have an external 500GB hard drive made by Lacie (the minimlistic metal Porsche design) which I use to do a full back up every few months of my internal hard drives.
I noticed yesterday when I plugged it in that it crashed the Finder on my MacPro (early 2008 dual quad core desktop) running 10.5.8. The finder just froze and after Force Quit would not relaunch. I had to restart the machine by pressing and holding the power button. This happened repeatedly, each time after the external drive had been running for 10-15 minutes, so I tried it with my MacBook Pro, also running 10.5.8. Exactly the same thing happened -- the Finder froze and I had to reboot the machine to restart it.
I used to have a PowerBook G4 and the 160GB Lacie Porsche Hard-Drive worked just fine, now, on the MBP it does not mount... System profiler doesn't even see it.. Any ideas? I have looked for drivers or other mac users with similar problems, but haven't found much. I have tried the obvious, and it seems to be a problem of communication betwen the machine and the hard-drive.. because surprisingly it mounted for a few seconds and I was able to see the data, however, it crashed when I tried to eject it and then it never mounted again..
I recently bought my first Mac and I bought an LG CP40 blu ray player to watch and burn DVDs. I know the player works because the first thing I did was use it to install Office for Mac. I put the disk in and the install happened automatically and worked fine. My problem is I can't get the Mac to recognize that there is even an optical drive connected to it so I can't open the contents of disks or watch DVDs.
Have a MDD that always needs the surge protector shut off then back on to start it.I had installed a Western Digital 750GB drive in it.It has Tiger on it with all of my docs and pictures etc.Have been scared of using the MDD and bought an Early 2009 Mini to replace it.The mini only has a 120GB drive (and 4GB RAM) and I don't want it to get filled up.It had Leopard and I upgraded it to Snow Leopard.Some of my Tiger software can't be upgraded to SL, so I'd need to use the MDD drive to access it.Can the HD be used as an external drive and booted from the Mini with Firewire in order to use Tiger? Currently, I'm using a USB drive with the Mini to save docs and pics on, but it's getting to be a pain because some stuff isn't on it and have to change USB drives.
As others have said, the Mini blows the doors off the MDD!I maxed out the MDD to 2GB of RAM and thought it was fast. The Mini's runs circles around it!
All of a sudden my macbook pro won't recognize my Lacie hd. I changed f/w cable and plugged external hd into an older mac but the icon does not show up on either. The drive powers up when connected either mac's but still on icon. How can I get the data off of the drive?
I'm really hoping that someone will be able to help me with the following issue:
I bought my Mac OS X and a Lacie 500 gb mini hub hard drive back in 2007 and have had no problems with either until today.
I was attempting to move a quicktime movie (160 MB) from my mac desktop to the Lacie hard drive (which still has about 250 gb of free memory available). The process seemed to be hanging, so I rebooted the mac, and haven't been able to see the Lacie HD since.
The cables and the mini hub seem to be working (light on hub flashes), but it refuses to appear on the desktop.
I've since un-plugged and rebooted everything several times, but with no luck.
Does anyone have any suggestions for what I can do to recover the HD, please? I'd be seriously angry if I had to lose all the data I have on there, which includes pictures of my late father.
The 12-month warranty has long gone, and the Lacie.com site doesn't even recognise the serial number of my model when I went there for help!
My old Mini is in the next room to the wireless DSL modem. It gets one to three max bars, usually two, and it's just through one interior wall. I don't want to spend a bunch of money, I just want to get a little better reception in the next room. I have seen USB wifi antennas advertised. Would that do anything for me? My iBook G4 in the same spot gets full reception no problem.
I recently replaced my Netgear router with Apple's Airport Extreme Station. I had the Lacie ethernet mini disk connected to the Netgear ethernet port and it worked just fine.
With Apple's station, however, it just cannot see the mini disk. The green lights on both ends of the ethernet cable port are on. System Pref's Network shows the mini disk not connected or cable unplugged. Fiddling with it one day (mostly on the System Pref side) the disk appeared as an SMB in the Finder (as before) and I was able to access it. But just that one time only. Can't access it since.
So I just got a new Lacie Ethernet Disk mini that I'll be hooking up to my router. I also have a "spare" Mac mini that I thought about using as a file server. Both would just be connected to the router.
Which do you think would be faster in terms of access speeds? The Mac mini or the Lacie drive?
Ultimately I'll just be storing/accessing things like photos and design files.
I do have a copy of the the Mac Mini SL Client software but I don't have another Mac to create the USB restore disc in order to load the client on the Mini Server via usb drive. I don't intend to use the Server Software and don't want to 'activate' the license so I can resell it instead. Can I just use the Server to create the bootable restore disc without 'activating' the Server License and locking it to my serial number? Or is there another way to create the restore disc if you don't have access to another Mac to run disc utility?
We have a Mac Mini which is our media player. I have all the actual media on an external USB drive. The previous drive was failing, so I've now copied everything over to the new drive. The new drive has the same name as the old drive: Media Drive. As far as the Mac Mini itself goes, all is well.
However, we also access the media drive through filesharing from our other Macs. Now with the new drive, it doesn't appear in filesharing. So I went into filesharing. I removed the old Media Drive (it said it couldn't locate it, because of course it's gone). Then I added the new Media Drive. Still it doesn't appear in filesharing.
One of the drives in our 2009 mac mini server 2009 has died. I have taken apart many minis so have no problem taking it apart to replace, but does anyone know which drive is the primary, "Server HD" drive? Would it be the top drive (first drive you come across during disassembly) or the bottom drive closer to the logic board with the two pads stuck on? Just wondering if anyone knows for sure so I can avoid removing the drive that's still working fine.
Also, to keep the server running in the mean time, I am booting to the second drive which is working fine. Just curious, once the dead primary drive is replaced , can I simply use carbon copy clone to copy back from the 2nd drive, or will I need to install snow leopard server back onto the new drive?
I installed a Kingston SSD drive in my 2010 mac mini. If I put the OSX install DVD (grey disc 1), the SSD is not visible in either the installer or disk utility.
The SSD is a Kingston 64 GB SATA 2.5-inch SSDNow V Series Solid State Drive. Cheap drive.
The funny thing is that before i started all this I restored a SuperDuper image of 10.6.4 from my old mini to the SSD using a usb to SATA adapter. Installed and it worked! The SSD booted OS X but the ethernet jack was not working.
Does anyone know of a workaround for installing OSX onto a drive that is not being recognized in disk utility?
I'd like to find a way to reinstall OSX using the grey DVD without having to remove the SSD drive.
Lacie and a few other brands used to make external additional hard drives for the old mac mini which were boxed in similar shapes to the mini and allowed them to be stacked. Any idea if any company is doing anything similar now the shape has changed?
I have owned a Mac Mini for three years now (my friends convinced me to try the Apple way and this is my first Mac). The CD/DVD died just three weeks after warranty expired and Apple said (in essence) 'tough crap...you didn't buy AppleCare'.I have functioned without a CD/DVD drive since then, and everything was fine... until a week or two ago. We installed an update in iTunes, and everything started running S...L...O...W... So, we rebooted the computer! Instead of rebooting, it made the "bong!" sound and then a screen with an apple and a spinning wheel runs indefinitely. We let it run all night the first time and it stays on that screen for as long as you let it.
I am going to remove the Superdrive from my 2009 mini and replace it with a second HD as detailed by ifixit [URL] I will then run OS X from the X-25M SSD and the second drive will be a 320Gb Scorpio Black which I will run XP in boot camp from ( have to use additional internal drive to boot XP from since the X25-M currently will not work with XP and I cant get XP to boot from an external drive...). This leaves my setup without a way to work with optical media so I was looking to get an external usb drive and plug it in whenever I would need to install something from a dvd, or burn a cd etcetera.
Instead of throwing away the removed superdrive though and buy another drive, how about recycling it as an external usb superdrive? I would connect it via usb with a Deltaco sata to usb adapter I have. Anyone see a reason why this would not work? Has this been done before?
So my new Mini 2.23 arrived today and I'm trying to think of how I'm going to go about restoring the data from the old Mini. I've sold my old Mini, but used SuperDuper to backup to external drive. I have a MBP I can use if necessary.
It's with sadness and deep regret that I must put my 9 year old Dual G4 out to pasture.
I picked up a mac mac mini and it will be performing nearly all the same functions as the G4, including file serving and being the Time Machine source.
Question. Today, I have my iTunes and iPhoto libraries on a FW400 WD hard drive. Time Machine backs up that data to another WD FW 400 hard drive.
Moving to the mini, I'll have to make the external drives USB2. No big deal.
But purely from a set up perspective... Am I better off keeping things as is, keeping the files on an external drive and backup up to an external drive? Or should I put my iTunes and iPhoto libraries on the mini hard drive? Just looking for perhaps the best setup, etc.
First I wanted to upgrade my new mac mini with a Momentus XT but now I'm thinking about getting a "real" ssd + a FW800 drive for storage to have the huge speed boost of the ssd drive. Does anybody have this combination in his mini? What I want to know: How is the performance like of the external drive connected to FW800? Is it comparable to a standard internal hard drive?