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Delete LA-PRIVATE

Important info: Removing the LA-PRIVATE volume will delete all of its data. LaCie highly recommends that you copy all data from LA-PRIVATE to a temporary location before deleting the secure volume.

Invisible Files

Deleting LA-PRIVATE requires that hidden files are made visible. Follow the steps below to reveal hidden files and delete the LA-PRIVATE volume.

Windows

  1. Insert the LaCie storage device into the compatible interface port on your computer.
  2. Click Start > My Computer/Computer. You should see the LACIE partition˙.
  3. Go to the pulldown menu Tools > Folder Options.
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  4. Note the section called Hidden files and folders. The default setting is “Don't show hidden files, folders, or drives”.
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  5. Change the Hidden files and folders setting to “Show hidden files, folders, and drives”. Click Apply.
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  6. Go to the LA-PUBLIC partition and open the folder called LaPrivate.
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  7. Look for the file called “LaPrivate.lc”.
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  8. Right-click on “LaPrivate.lc” and select Delete.
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  9. The LA-PRIVATE volume has been deleted.
  10. To restore your folder settings, go to Tools > Folder Options. Select “Don't show hidden files, folders, or drives” and click Apply.

 

Mac

Revealing hidden files in Mac OS X requires the Terminal program.

  1. Connect the LaCie storage device to a compatible interface port on your computer. The LACIE icon should appear on the desktop.
  2. Go to the pulldown menu Go > Utilities.
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  3. Click twice on the program Terminal.
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  4. The Terminal window will appear. To reveal hidden files, type the following string exactly as it appears, including spaces and capital letters:
    defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES
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  5. You must now restart the Finder. Push the following buttons on your Macintosh keyboard at the same time: option+cmd+esc. The Force Quit Applications window will open. Select Finder and click Relaunch.
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  6. After the Finder has restarted, open the LA-PUBLIC partition on your LaCie storage device.
  7. Open the LaPrivate folder and look for the file called “LaPrivate.lc”.
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  8. Right-click on “LaPrivate.lc” and select Move to Trash.
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  9. The LA-PRIVATE volume has been deleted.
  10. To conceal hidden files, go to the pulldown menu Go > Utilities. Open the Terminal application and type the following string exactly as it appears, including spaces and capital letters:
    defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles NO
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  11. You must now restart the Finder. Push the following buttons on your Macintosh keyboard at the same time: option+cmd+esc. The Force Quit Applications window will open. Select Finder and click Relaunch.
  12. Hidden files are now concealed.
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