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Connecting external DVD and hard-disk to Laptop

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ronbarak, May 3, 2007.

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  1. ronbarak

    ronbarak Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    For several weeks now, I have connected an 80 GB 3.5” hard-disk to a laptop (Hard-disk <-> IDE-USB cable <-> USB 2.0 hub <-> Laptop USB port). No problems.
    I now bought another IDE-USB cable and connected a DVD RW 3.5” device.

    The device is recognized (PnP) in Win XP. However, when I try to burn a DVD, the DVD disappears from the disks’ list (in “my computer” and “disks management”).

    I have not yet found the cause.
    My suspicion is that the combined traffic from the external disk and the load of burning a DVD is too much for the USB 2.0 protocol to handle.

    Has anyone seen similar problems ?

    Bye,
    Ron.
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    DVD-RW 3.5" device? Care to specify an exact make/model?

    Does this mystery device work on a different computer, perhaps in conjunction with the same USB hard disk? I don't know of a reason this should happen, and I have a lot of mileage on USB drives here. :)
     
  3. ronbarak

    ronbarak Thread Starter

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    Hi John,
    Both hard-disk and DVD are working fine on a desktop.
    The DVD is a Pioneer DVR (cannot recall the exact model), about 3 years old.
    Bye,
    Ron.
     
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    I was curious about the 3.5" comment. ;)
     
  5. Rich-M

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    Assuming the drives have their own power which they must, there is really no reason they should not work on laptop.
     
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