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Hello everyone,

First I must apologize, for my first post is a cry for help.

I purchased a LaCie 1 TB external hard drive not so long ago (about a month ago). However, I've been having some problems lately.

I have two partitions on it - NTFS (910 GB) and FAT32 (32 GB).

When I plug it into the computer, it takes a while for it to "mount" on windows - the fat32 partition shows up immediately, while the NTFS one takes at least 20 seconds to show up. I've never owned an external hard before - is this normal?

Also, when the hard drive is on for some time, I start hearing it making sounds as if it was working (even though no operation is performed on it). The sounds are in intervals of 1 second. I don't know how to explain it; basically, it's: work (grraabb, krkrkrk) ... not work (silence) ... work (grrkkb, krrb) ... not work. And that continues forever (it stops after 10 mins, but then restarts again). Windows indexing service is disabled for the drive.

I had windows 7 up until a few days ago, which demonstrated the same problem (uninstalled the 7 because of the problems that many people have, but no one has the solution - the famous "not responding" problem)

When I download something via a torrent client directly to it, I sometimes get a "Cyclic Redundancy" error, or some other kind of File I/O error.

Ubuntu has also had its share of problems - it had issues mounting it, so I had to install ntfs-3g and use the -o force flag to mount it.

CHKDSK said there were no errors. Though I have not scanned for bad sectors. I'll do that now.

On a side note, it is relatively loud. I mean, I can hear when it's on, whether it's working or not. It's as if there was a fan inside itself.

Any info would be appreciated. Should I send it back to LaCie? Is it worth it? Or should I just buy a new one?

Thanks!
-Bo
 

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Pardon my ignorance, but how exactly does one run a surface check? Regular CHKDSK?

EDIT: Never mind, Googled it.

Also, I watched 2 movies last night that were on the drive. Both would freeze for about 2-15 seconds, every 15 minutes or so.
 

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I just did a CHKDSK and it found THOUSANDS (literally) of bad sectors.

I have also just ordered a SAMSUNG 1TB harddrive from newegg.

RIP, LaCie. May no one ever buy you again.
 
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