Firewire cable problem? External drive

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by PaulexPC, Oct 29, 2008.

  1. PaulexPC macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2008
    I have a very old external firewire drive 40GB.

    When I connect it with USB the drive shows up in Finder. It needs an external power supply.

    When I borrowed my friends 6 pin to 6 pin Firewire cable the drive shows up in Finder and needs no power supply. Cool.

    I bought an inexpensive Firewire 6 pin to 6 pin cable, plug it in. No Drive in Finder!

    When I use USB it appears! Works fine.
    I am sort of assuming my cheap Firewire cable is the problem. Would you agree?
  2. emt1 macrumors 65816

    Jan 30, 2008
    How could it be anything other than the cable?
  3. PaulexPC thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2008
    Well I guess I shouldn't be surprised. The three foot Firewire cable was $2.24 on eBay (plus a dollar for postage). I tested the drive with a known firewire cable and it works fine. Thanks.

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