Why will a Maxtor drive work, but not Seagate?

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  1. orangemacapple macrumors 6502

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    replaced a maxtor 160 today with seagate 250. both are uata
    same enclosure (bytecc fw/usb) as before. same jumper settings (default cs). maxtor works flawlessly in this arrangement (ok, it's gonna die soon – that's why i replaced it.)

    seagate DOES work on FW and directly connected to macbook via USB.
    BUT – when connected to airport extreme "n" it is not recognized. re-tried maxtor drive - works fine, so problem is not with cables, airport, enclosure.

    WHAT AM I DOING WRONG!

    called seagate – they make both drives (different chipsets). they say they can't offer any suggestions in a 3rd party enclosure.

    the only other difference that might be of note: the maxtor is uata133 and the seagate is uata100. but i wouldn't think that would cause a problem.
     
  2. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    The speed could make a difference. the seageta might have too slow of a data transfer for the airport in "n"
     
  3. orangemacapple thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i can't imagine that being a problem: ata100 is still 10x faster that any wireless throughput.
     

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