31 May 2014

What Causes LaCie External Drive Not Detected on Windows 7

What Causes LaCie External Drive Not Detected on Windows 7

by | Saturday, May 31, 2014
LaCie hard drives are renowned for their reliability that increases with their storage capacities. Well, this French computer hardware and external storage media manufacturing company deals in external hard drives, optical drives, RAID arrays, computer monitors, etc. One of the primary applications of these external drives is for storing data backup or manually saving the crucial files for backup purpose. Since these drives are portable, they are superb for fulfilling all such requirements.

People also use external drives for creating clone of their respective systems, aiming at preparing a bootable backup of the system.

What if your system fails to detect this drive?

This scenario has occurred with LaCie external hard drive. The situation sounds quite weird yet may come across at any time and you might wonder if the drive is failed! However, failure cannot always be the reason for why the drive is not detected on your system, but any other issue with the drive or the system might be there.

LaCie External Drive Not Detected on Windows 7


LaCie external hard drives are quite popular for their high reliability and performance. Corporate people like using these drives for data backup and portability purposes. According to a recent scenario, a Windows 7 based computer failed to detect a LaCie external drive that contained crucial data. Well, no matter what the causes behind the issue were, such a state of data inaccessibility leads to a massive data loss scenario. For deeper illustration of the scenario, let us take a thorough look over it.

According to the scenario, Windows 7 based computer failed to detect a LaCie external drive that was formatted with the FAT file system. The computer did not show any notification regarding drive failure or a like sign to report its inaccessibility. User restarted the computer, but it did not help.

In such a situation, it is obvious for users to wonder, “If the drive is failed? It might be true in some cases, resulting in massive data loss.

Drive Failure Verification


Hard drive corruption or failure is a deadly event, which might cause a massive data loss. As per the case discussed above, computer fails to detect the hard drive, which might be due to drive corruption or a like issue. To verify if the hard drive is corrupt or a like scenario is there, put the following steps into practice:

  1. Open Disk Management.


Navigate to Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools > Computer Management and type-in the administrator password when prompted. Click Disk Management in the left pane.

  1. If the driveis listed there, check if ithas been assigned a letter. In case no letteris assigned to this drive, right-click the drive in the list and choose Change Drive Letter and Paths.

    1. To assign a letter to this drive, click Add and select a letter, and then click OK.

    2. To change a letter to this drive, click Change > Assign the following drive letter, select a letter to assign, and then click OK.

    3. To remove the letter assigned to this drive, click Remove and confirm the action by clicking ‘Yes’.




With this done, close Disk Management and all other programs, and then restart your computer. On restart, check whether the drive is detected. In case the computer still fails to detect this drive, you might need to install LaCie Setup Assistant on your computer.

Note: The drive most likely is logically corrupt, and thus your computer fails to read/write access it. Since hard drive failure and recovery scenarios are common, you should also have a check on this.

Install LaCie Setup Assistant


LaCie external drives do come with their respective setup assistants that prepare these drives for usage on your computer. In fact, the setup assistant creates a media for transferring data on both sides. Once you install the setup assistant for your drive, it will do the following things automatically:

  • The setup assistant will optimize this drive for efficient usage as per your needs.

  • The setup assistant will copy the documents like Manual and associated Utilities on the drive after completing the setup installation.


Follow the steps mentioned below in order to install LaCie Setup Assistant:

  1. To begin, double-click the LaCie icon in Windows Explorer (or Computer in Windows 7). This will open the Start window.

  2. To launch the LaCie Setup Assistant, double-click the LaCie icon.

  3. Click Continue button on the Welcome screen, and then accept the license agreement to continue.


Things to Do with Hard Drive


Based on the options provided by LaCie Setup Assistant, format your hard drive with Windows file system, i.e. NTFS file system. After that, you can use this drive on Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows 7. The drive formatted in such a way is read-only for Mac OS X 10.3 and later.

You will see the LaCie partition on the drive, containing user manuals and utilities, which you should go through without failure. Move these documents to a secondary partition as you might need them later.

If you still fail to access data stored on this drive, the file system of the drive most likely is corrupt and you need to consult hard drive failure and recovery service providers for a better and productive resolution.
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