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Is it possible to upgrade the hard drive?

Hi,

I've got a LaCie Safe Rugged 500GB mobile hard drive. I start to run out of space. Is it possible to upgrade its hard drive to a bigger one? If so how? I guess it's not only the physical installation that is important it's the software as well.

Thank you for any help on this.

Regards,

Tamas

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Hi Chris,

I have tried all, but it still would not show.

I try to get support from LaCie and see how it goes.

Many thanks for your long explanation.

Regards,

Tamas

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Hi Mayer,

Thank you for the great post that helped a lot.

Have you got any idea how a replaced hard drive should be formatted/partitioned? I've got a Rugged Safe (with fingerprint reader). By default there is one read only partition, which contains drivers, etc. Once you swiped your finger this becomes invisible and the main partition becomes visible. However Disk Utility shows 3 partitions. I guess 1 will control the fingerprint reader. I don't think I have access to this partition at any time.

Thanks for any support on this.

Regards, Tommy

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Tommy, did you have any success with this? I'm trying to do the same upgrade on a Rugged Safe and need to know what to do with those partitions. Would a block-level copy (via CarbonCopyCloner or similar) of the whole drive do the job?

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Hi Chris,

Unfortunately I received no answer on how the new drive should be formatted. If you we're to give it a go like you described, I would be grateful to read your experience.

Many thanks.

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Tamas

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Tamas,

Well it will be a few weeks until I have time to try it. Will let you know how it goes.

I'm surprised there is not more information on how to do this; maybe it wasn't a very popular or widely distributed drive?

Thank you, Chris

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Chirs,

Many thanks for letting me know. I which you good luck with the test, I hope ir will be a walk in the park :)

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Well I finally had time to try the LaCie Rugged Safe upgrade, and I can say for sure that it *is* possible to change/upgrade the drive in this enclosure.

It was actually surprisingly straightforward:

I removed the rubber bumper, opened the case (latches--should be pretty obvious how to pry them open once you see them), then unplugged and replaced the drive inside.

It's a totally standard 2.5" drive; it appears that all the authentication/fingerprint recognition stuff (and even the fingerprint storage) is handled in firmware--none of that seems to reside on the actual drive.

The case appears to even accommodate pretty thick drives (the 1TB Toshiba in mine was almost 12mm high).

I placed an HFS+ formatted disk into the enclosure. Before swiping my finger, it mounted no volumes (so it appears that any existing data on the drive is wiped out; also the small partition with the software and documentation is gone--I'm not sure how to bring that back, but I don't need it anyhow so it's fine for me). After the finger swipe, the drive presented itself as unformatted, and I could use the MacOS Disk Utility to format it.

(I did not try making multiple partitions, but this should be possible too.)

I did this experiment with a 320 GB drive, so I cannot say what the upper limit of drive size is that the controller can handle (am planning to try a 2TB drive soon).

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Well done! Great job! I am really happy to hear that it works fine with a new drive. Mine is 500 GB and I am also considering to upgrade it, so I curious what will be your finding. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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You're welcome Tamas.

I can confirm it accepted a 2TB drive (originally came with 1TB). I was also able to partition it into 2 partitions (using OS X Disk Utility), although I did notice that the manual warns against doing this. It seems to be working for now (and much faster than with the original drive), so we'll see how it goes.

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Chris,

That's great news! Thank you very much for it. I will upgrade mine shortly as well.

Many thanks for keeping me posted.

You helped a lot.

Take care.

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Hi Chris,

I did the same, but it does not seem to work.

I formatted the new drive to HFS+.

When I connect it to the computer the LED on the enclosure just blinks green and the drive does not show up at the finder.

When I swipe my finger it keeps on blinking and still does not show up on the finder.

I bought a SATA USB cable to see if the drive works and it does.

Any idea?

How much time did it take for you to see the "unformatted" drive?

Thank you for letting me know.

Regards,

Tamas

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Tamas,

Sorry to hear it didn't work well for you.

I don't see an obvious answer, but a few things to try:

  • I don't think it's important to pre-format the disk HFS+ (mine just happened to be that, by coincidence). I think the LaCie does not care what format the disk is because it re-formats anyway with its own proprietary (encrypted) format. At least that's my best guess. So you could try a different format like NTFS or whatever, before inserting the disk into the case.
  • I assume you had already enrolled some fingerprints into the drive before you swapped the disks. I think that's why mine worked so smoothly. It just remembered my fingerprints despite swapping out the disk. It might be worth swapping the disks back and confirming that your fingerprints are properly enrolled (using the LaCie software).
  • I'm not sure if it has anything to do with the disk swap, my partitioning, or just the enclosure aging a bit, but I have had a lot of trouble recently getting the drive to mount. The behavior is slightly different from what you describe: I connect via FireWire and swipe my finger. It appears to give me the green light but sill will not mount. Normally after 3 or 4 unplug/re-plug cycles it will start working and both partitions on the disk will mount. So maybe give it 3 to 6 attempts in a row and see if that helps?
  • Obtain the LaCie software and see if that software "sees" the connected drive?

That's about all the ideas I've got. Good luck and let us know how it goes.

Chris

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