the drive also would make a lot of humming and clicking noises until I ran the first chkdisk on it. Lacie said it was probably not getting enough power... I don't know how I would fix that but the chkdisk seemingly fixed it until I kept encountering that delayed write failure.
OK... I need major help...
Problem: My Lacie 500GB USB 2.0 external hard drive has two partitions on it. One is FAT32 50 gigs. The Other is NTFS 450 gigs. I started getting Delayed Write Errors on the NTFS volume after the FDCC regulations went into place on government computers. (This is a personal computer on a government network so their policies are still forced down upon us but don't affect anyone else's externals so far.) I would get error messages saying that the drive had failed and that my data was lost. The delayed write error cited $Mft as the problem file. I know this is the Master File Table by using google and so now i'm concerned that I'm SOL. I could still access the FAT32 volume fine. However when I went to access the NTFS volume it would deny me access. I seemingly fixed the problem by running chkdisk on the drives and it fixed an indexing problem on the NTFS drive. However, I soon encountered the problem again and this time both my partitions disappeared. I then booted into linux and could not see the drives there either but when i booted in windows again, voila they were there and I could fix them again with a chkdisk. Now it has happened yet again but repeating my earlier process of booting into linux and then windows does not allow me to even see the drives. I have confirmed that my USB ports work correctly. The problem seems to be isolated to the external hard drive because it does not show up on other computers either. I am trying to avoid sending it back to the manufacturer to be wiped and repaired. Any ideas?
Dell Latitude D620
Windows XP Professional
Service Pack 2
FYI the external drive does power on (power source is external) and the LED lights up yet the computer fails to recognize the device.