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Josh Snider
external drives
on Jan 13, 2010 at 6:44:36 pm

I recently got back from a trip, and three of my external hard drives are acting up.
One is a 2.5" drive in a 'SATA' casing (Model TBS12T) with eSATA,FW800, and USB ports.
One is a WD MyBook with FW400 and USB ports.
And the thrid is an older one that I don't have on-hand right now.

The 2.5" drive, I've always used with FW800. It's working, but it's taking a major amount of wiggling of the cable to get my laptop to recognize it.
The MyBook isn't turning on at all--although I did see it's blue light flicker for a half second at one point.

I should be able to put the 2.5" in a new casing and see if that makes the difference...but can I do the same with the MyBook? It doesn't seem easy to open...

Any advice would be much appreciated.


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Pasi Koivisto
Re: external drives
on Jan 14, 2010 at 5:10:57 pm


it sounds strange that 3 drives would start to act up at the same time. My guess would be that the problem lies with the computer. Maybe a lose FW port or a bad cable.

Is this happening on USB, FW400 and FW800? Have you tried different cables?

Stupid question, but how did you transport the drives on your trip? Hopefully you had them in your carry on and not in the luggage.

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