Originally Posted by WeAreNotAlone
What was the deal with the Seagate 80GB 5400rpm USB 2.0 External HDD drive that wasn't working a month or so ago?
Oh! You still remember that!Original Line:
It turned out to be a problem with how much energy the USB port was able to handle.Added Line:
Maybe a problem with the external enclosure, there's a big chance it got damaged while trying to use it with a client's PC
At the very begining I was using my external HDD with just one USB cable (data/power). Then, one day, I tried to use the external HDD on someone else's computer and I had some issues, with the HDD clicking and the enclosure's LED blinking. That day I had a CD with me with the files I was gonna need, so I used the CD instead of the external HDD.
But then...back at my house, I tried to use my external HDD and it just refused to work, I had the same clicking noises and blinking LED, so I freaked out! I reinstalled that Seagate HDD into my lappy and ran some tests, all of them went OK. But it still refused to work on the external enclosure. Then I used the 2 USB cables (data/power + power) and then the HDD worked just fine!
I think that someone else's computer some way damaged my external enclosure, so now it needs the two USB cables. At the begining I even used the external HDD on an old IBM laptop (1999 I think), it only had one USB 1.1 Port and it worked OK, slow of course, but it worked, I can't try it again 'cause that IBM laptop finally died!
Yesterday it refused to work on my desktop (I don't know why and I didn't try again), but it works like a champ on my lappy's USB ports.
Anything else you wanna know? Just ask and I'll try to answer!