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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by rbltech, Feb 4, 2005.

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  1. rbltech

    rbltech Thread Starter

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    Not Sure if this is the right place for this but here goes, i'm trying to do something that might be impossible. a friend of mine had an old External Sony USB CD-RW,which he decided to change to an internal, when we did this he gave me the casing from the external, no comes my question. i am trying to use that casing for an external HDD. Windows Xp Sp1 finds it but when it installs it says the drive is unable to start. on a side not the external drive does have its on power. is there a way to make this work? or am i going to just have to buy an enclosure.

    Thanks In Advance for any help,
    Robert.
    :)
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    Is this drive connected by USB?

    It will have to have external power, a USB port can only deliver 0.5 amps at 5 volts.
    That will not even power a laptop HDD (they need to piggy back across 2 USB ports) so a full sized HDD has no chance.
     
  3. JohnWill

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    I'm having difficulty believing that a CD-RW driver was powered from a single USB connection, so there must be provisions for external power. I've used hard disks and CD/DVD drives in the same enclosure, they're pretty generic USB <> IDE interfaces.
     
  4. rbltech

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    it has a separate supply of power. the issue is it still will not start
     
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    If the drive works properly installed internally, and it's jumpered as a single master, I'd start suspecting the enclosure or the installation. Did you try the external drive on a different system to rule out some USB issues on that computer?
     
  6. rbltech

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    no but i have another device that uses the same cable. i even swapped cables and tried that. same thing, tried reinstalling drivers for the usb device, same thing. is there a driver for external drives from Western Digital?
     
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    I tried using an old Iomega enclosure for a hard drive. Never could get it to work either :( Although, I will admit, I didn't waste too much time trying, but the basics would never work.
     
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    There are no drivers required for ME/2K/XP for USB attached storage. However, I've heard that Iomega is a non-standard interface and requires drivers, but I have no personal experience.
     
  9. rbltech

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    oh well i guess i take a mulligan on that idea.
     
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    What's a mulligan? :confused:

    Don't tell me that's another game console that I don't know about :p
     
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    This time we've moved into the golfing world! I think it's something like a
    "playover" if you don't like your shot. Let's stick with game consoles :D
     
  12. rbltech

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    some thing like that. i meant i'll just have to buy an enbclosure.
     
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