What precautions should I take with my LaCie drive?

Health And Safety Precautions

    Only qualified persons are authorized to carry out maintenance on this device.
    • Read this User's Guide carefully, and follow the correct procedure when setting up the device.
    • Do not open your hard drive or attempt to disassemble or modify it. Never insert any metallic object into the drive to avoid any risk of electrical shock, fire, short-circuiting or dangerous emissions. Your hard drive contains no user-serviceable parts. If it appears to be malfunctioning, have it inspected by a qualified LaCie Technical Support representative.
    • Never expose your device to rain, or use it near water, or in damp or wet conditions. Never place objects containing liquids on the drive, as they may spill into its openings. Doing so increases the risk of electrical shock, short-circuiting, fire or personal injury.

    General Use Precautions:

      • Do not expose the hard drive to temperatures outside the range of 5° C to 35° C (41° F to 95° F). Doing so may damage the drive or disfigure its casing. Avoid placing your drive near a source of heat or exposing it to sunlight (even through a window). Inversely, placing your drive in an environment that is too cold or humid may damage the unit.
      • Always unplug the hard drive from the electrical outlet if there is a risk of lightning or if it will be unused for an extended period of time. Otherwise, there is an increased risk of electrical shock, short-circuiting or fire.
      • Use only the power supply shipped with the device.
      • Do not use the hard drive near other electrical appliances such as televisions, radios or speakers. Doing so may cause interference that will adversely affect the operation of the other products.
      • Do not place the drive near sources of magnetic interference, such as computer displays, televisions or speakers. Magnetic interference can affect the operation and stability of your hard drive.
      • Do not place heavy objects on top of the drive or use excessive force on it.
      • Never use excessive force on your drive. If you detect a problem, consult the "Troubleshooting" section in this manual.
      • Protect your hard drive from excessive exposure to dust during use or storage. Dust can build up inside the device, increasing the risk of damage or malfunction.
      • Never use benzene, paint thinners, detergent or other chemical products to clean the outside of the drive. Such products will disfigure and discolor the casing. Instead, use a soft, dry cloth to wipe the device.
    Caution! The drive's warranty may be void as a result of the failure to respect the precautions listed above.