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This article is for informational purposes only and no longer being updated by Seagate.

Connecting the LaCie Little Disk


Powering a Portable Drive

LaCie portable drives are built to run off power supplied through the USB or FireWire port of the computer. If your computer does not provide enough power to operate the drive, we supply a USB power cable. One end plugs into an un-used USB port on the computer and the other end plugs into the power connection on the drive. Optionally, an AC Power Adapter is available from LaCie.

Note: Only use the LaCie AC Adapter specified for this drive. Do not use a power supply from another LaCie drive or another manufacturer. Using any other power cable or power supply may cause damage to the device and void your warranty.

Connecting the Drive to the Computer

Your drive will have one or more of the following ports available for connecting to your computer. Follow the instructions for the port you will use. Note: You cannot have the drives FireWire and USB interfaces connected at the same time. However, you can use both FireWire 400 and FireWire 800 at the same time.

FireWire 400
  • Both ends of the 6-pin FireWire 400 cable are identical. Plug one end into the FireWire 400 port of the drive and the other end into the FireWire 400 port of the computer. Be sure that you insert the cable with the proper orientation. Inserting it incorrectly may damage the drive or computer.
  • FireWire 400 devices can be connected via a FireWire 800 port. However, they will operate at FireWire 400 speeds. This will require a 6-pin to 9-pin cable. Do not place the FireWire 400 device between the computer and any FireWire 800 devices. They must be at the end of the FireWire 800 bus.
  • Some computers may have a 4-pin FireWire 400 port. While this port may only support connecting cameras, some do support mass storage devices. If your 4-pin port supports mass storage devices you can connect a FireWire drive. It will require a 6-pin to 4-pin cable. Refer to your computer manual if you are unsure if your 4-pin port supports mass storage devices. Note: Because a 4-pin port is non-powered, you will need to press the blue button to power on the drive.
Note: Do not connect FireWire cables so that they form a ring of devices. There is no need for terminators on FireWire devices, so the unused FireWire connectors should be left empty.

USB 2.0 The USB cable is integrated into the drive case.
  • Unfold the USB cable from the case.
  • Connect the drive to the USB port of the computer.
  • You also may use the included USB extension cable by connecting the integrated USB 2.0 cable to it and then connecting the extension cable to your computer.