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Using Time Capsule on a LaCie network drive

by podiii / November 27, 2009 6:36 AM PST

I?m trying to use a LaCie network drive with Time Capsule. I have a LAN and am running 10.5.8 & 10.6.2 on a Mac Pro and MacBook Pro. I was told by a technician at the Apple Store that all I need to do is format this drive with Disk Utility and it will work via Ethernet. However, the drive does not show up in Disk Utility. Any suggestions?

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Does that drive
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / November 27, 2009 11:22 PM PST

have a method of connecting directly to a computer, USB or Firewire?

If so, connect it, format it and put it back on the network


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Time Capsule on an IP LaCie drive
by podiii / December 19, 2009 5:16 PM PST
In reply to: Does that drive

I connected the drive directly to a 2.0 USB port. Unfortunately, Disk Utilities will not see the drive.

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You didn't specify the drive type
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / December 19, 2009 11:15 PM PST

but that USB port is probably just an expansion port.

Manual for LaCie IP drives indicate that you connect the device to the network and run the installation CD/DVD that comes with it.
That will configure the drive for use on your Network.


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LaCie IP Drive
by podiii / December 20, 2009 1:27 AM PST

The drive does show up as being on the network. I was told that for Apple?s Time Capsule to work, I had to reformat it with Disk Utility.

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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / December 20, 2009 10:49 PM PST
In reply to: LaCie IP Drive

LaCie Tech Support is your next stop.

If the LaCie needs to be formatted, presumably as Mac OS X Extended(journaled) but is not visible in Disk Utility, LaCie should have the answer as to how you should format it.


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