enclosure installation

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bslax28, Dec 5, 2007.

  1. bslax28 macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2004
    hi - call me a noob but im having trouble getting my new hard drive enclosure to work. its the hard drive from my old pb g4... i have a 2.5" external case as someone wisely directed me to when i asked about them, and now i'm trying to set it up. it should, i imagine, just be "plug n play". but when i get the hard drive properly in there and secured and plug it in either via usb or firewire, i get nothing. ill take pictures if it they would help once my camera battery is done charging. but in the meantime, do you guys have any suggestions? this seems like it hsould be very simple. the enclosure is some generic one from ebay, if that makes any difference.

    thanks a lot
  2. iPhil macrumors 68040



    Make sure all the hard drive connections to the case are tight.. and the usb or firewire is tight to the case too .. is the case turned on to a 'working' outlet ?
  3. bslax28 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2004
    yeah. there are three cables it comes with. a fire wire cable, a usb cable, and this one that plugs in to the enclosure with one end that looks like the end of like a power adapter and the other had two usb plugs on the end, split. when i plug in the last cable i mentioned, it the drive powers up but my computer (macbook SR 2.0 ghz) still doesnt recognize it.

    edit: that third cable is obviously the usb power cable. now, it has two ends, and whether i plug both in, or just one adn use the other usb cable or the firewire, it still wont show up on my macbook
  4. bslax28 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2004
    and, just to add tot hat.. here are the specs of the enclosure:

    (and, the hard drive is from the last model PB g4 12" superdrive 1.5 ghz)

    Brand New In Retail Box
    with Warranty

    Aluminum USB 2.0/FireWire (IEEE 1394) 2.5" IDE Combo Enclosure

    Slim and Solid Aluminum Body
    High performance combo case
    Truly Plug and Play - Hot Swappable
    Powered by USB Power Cable (NO need to bring bulky power supply)
    With this newest kind of combo enclosure, you can use your existing 2.5" drive to make an external portable USB2.0 and firewire storage device. To power this case, you use the included USB power cable, instead of bulky power supply!

    Compatible with 1394-1995 and 1394A Phys
    Support UDMA5 (ATA100)
    SBP-2 Target Revision 4 compliant interface
    Fully ATA-5 compliant
    Support ATA PIO modes 0-4, DMA modes 0-2 and Ultra DMD modes 0-5
    ORB co-processor to accelerate translation of ORBs to ATAPI commands
    Supports ORB chaining for increased performance
    Transfer rate for High-speed IEEE1394 interface: up to 400 Mbps
    Driver-less: Easy installation support Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP, Mac
    OS 8.6 or later without
    Support USB Specification Revision 2.0
    40 times faster transfer rate than that of USB 1.1
    Support USB 2.0 transfer rates up to 480
    USB 2.0/IDE compliant: Integrated USB transceiver, High speed (480Mbit) and full speed (12Mbit) support, USB suspend /resume, remote wake up support
    Easy installation support Windows 98SE, Windows Me/2000/XP, Linux and Mac OS (without driver), Support ATA PIO modes 0-4,
    ATA interface operation mode is automatically configured through firmware
    Support UDMA modes 0-4 operation
    Power-less: Power by FireWire or USB bus power. No external power is required, or gets power from external +5V DC power adapter (optional).
    L*W*H : 133*78*15 mm (cable not included) or 5.2" *3" *0.8"
    Weight : 4 ounce(drive not included)
    Cable Length : Approx. 180cm (Provide both FireWire and USB 2.0 cables)
  5. bslax28 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2004
    well, i took it apart and put it back togehter again and it worked this time. i guess things were jsut not quite tight enough. sorry to waste your time. carry on.

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