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Laptop hard disk backup using 60Gb hard disc enclosure

Hi,

I have a laptop with a 20Gb hard drive
I have a USB2.0 hard disc enclosure
I have 2 spare laptop hard discs (40Gb and 60Gb)
I've used Acronis true image in the past and have been able to successfully create a new image to the 40Gb hard drive using the USB enclosure
However I am having problems with the 60Gb hard drive
It seems as though there is not enough power to the USB enclosure when the 60Gb drive is inserted i.e Windows doesn't even recognize it as a hard disc at all

The enclosure itself was a cheap one which I purchased from Newegg.com. It also has 2 USB connections and supposedly the two cables when connected up to the laptop supply sufficient power to drive the enclosure without a power supply

However I tried both connections at the same time and the hard disc inside the enclosure is still not recognized. So I can' backup the 20Gb to my 60Gb 7200rpm drive

Has anyone noticed this also for faster hard drives and has a solution ?

The only thing I can think of to do is to just buy another enclosure that includes a power supply. But I don't know if that will solve the problem. I don't want to have to mess around with buying something, and returning it, if it doesn't work

So if someone knows of a reasonably cheap enclosure that definitely works with a power hungry hard disc, and can show me a link, that will be great

Thanks
Richard

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Not backup.

In reply to: Laptop hard disk backup using 60Gb hard disc enclosure

This is a copy without meeting the requirements that would make it a "real" backup.

For some it will do, but such backup systems don't have a write protect switch and fail just when you need them.

-> Fine for a quick copy.

Bob

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Your enclosure probably has an ac adapter port

In reply to: Laptop hard disk backup using 60Gb hard disc enclosure

See if you can locate the manual for the enclosure. Take everything to Radioshack and buy an ac adapter (if it's not that expensive). That should solve your problems - the enclosure is most likely not receiving enough power from the usb ports.

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My suggestion...

In reply to: Laptop hard disk backup using 60Gb hard disc enclosure

You said:
"So I can' backup the 20Gb to my 60Gb 7200rpm drive
Has anyone noticed this also for faster hard drives and has a solution ?
The only thing I can think of to do is to just buy another enclosure that includes a power supply. But I don't know if that will solve the problem. I don't want to have to mess around with buying something, and returning it, if it doesn't work"

If I was you I would go to any computer store and grasp an external-IDE case (some have both USB & Firewire) and it should comes with a power adapter for the drive itself. Search on Google and you will see alot. Here is one example I found http://www.xpcgear.com/35enclosure.html

Regards,

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