external harddrive problem

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  1. sk3pt1c macrumors 6502a

    sk3pt1c

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    ok,a few problems i have to solve before i go all mac

    one is that i have an external hard drive with all my music on it

    it's a western digital passport 80gb drive that is usb powered

    it is suitable for macs and it does say so on the website

    but when i connect it to my powerbook it lights up (which means that it IS

    getting the power) but it doesn't seem to connect to the computer

    it keeps trying to spin and connect but nothing, and Tiger is not popping

    anything up on the screen

    help help! (i'm being repressed):mad:
     
  2. revenuee macrumors 68020

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    try using disk utility to repair permissions

    ALSO -- try a program called mountme ... you can get it at versiontracker.com
     
  3. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000

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    Was it formatted NTFS on a Windows XP machine?
     
  4. davizod macrumors newbie

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    what system is your drive formatted on, mac or PC? Only fat32 will work on both systems unless you get one of the mount it programs which will allow a pc drive to mount on a mac or vice verscia.
     
  5. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    I find that the USB's bus power on ALL powerbooks to be sub-par. USB powered external drives REALLY don't work very well. You may have to get a new enclosure that has a separate power supply, or a firewire powered bus to have it work properly.
     
  6. sk3pt1c thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    it works fine on my pc laptop
    i haven't formatted it since i bought it
    i checked and it's fat32 so it should work
    any more suggestions?
     
  7. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    The problem is the power on the USB bus SUCKS on powerbooks.
     
  8. NYmacAttack macrumors 6502

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    Yup, its not getting enough power. You can either buy a new enclosure or you could buy a powered USB hub that should be able to supply it with the extra juice.
     
  9. superleccy macrumors 6502a

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    Ditto for iBooks, in my recent experience. I have just purchaced a Seagate bus-powered USB2.0 Hard Drive, and a single USB port on my iBook is not powerful enough to drive it.

    Fortunately the seagate drive comes with a special Y-shaped "double" USB lead that lets the drive suck extra power from a second USB port... and that works fine. Could be a longshot, but, can you get such a lead for your WD drive?

    FWIW, my (work's) Dell X300 laptop strugges in exactly the same way.

    Regards
    Superleccy
     
  10. sk3pt1c thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    the thing is i bought this drive because i want it to be portable
    it's very small and i didn't want to carry around power adapters and cables and all that,so it really pisses me off that i either have to buy the power adapter or a powered hub.
    what if i get a usb-to-firewire cable(if such thing exists) and try connecting it to a firewire port?
    would that give it enough power?
     
  11. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    I don't think there is such a things as a USB to Firewire cable.

    You only have 1 choice really. An externally powered enclosure. You could get a firewire powered enclosure and it would work fine, but how many PCs come with IEEE 1394 ports? That leaves you with.. trying to find an enclosure that has both USB and firewire and can be powered by both.. does such a beast exist? I don't know.
     
  12. sk3pt1c thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    or i just buy the power adapter for the one i have :)
    it's just sold separately in case you have a problem like this
    but that sucks though
    anyway,thanks
     

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