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Maxtor Firewire Drive Appears Dead

I have a Maxtor 80 gb firewire drive that all of a sudden is not recognized by Windoiws XP. I powered off and restarted and it was recognized, then the computer acted as though I had shut off the drive, which I hadn't. Most of the time I restart the drive my computer won't recognize it though the lights are on indicating the drive is getting power. Every few times my computer recognizes the drive for a second, then loses it. Same scenario when I tried the drive on another computer. Any ideas how I can at least run the drive long enough to move everything off to another drive? Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks

Marc Berris
marc@berrislaw.com

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Try the USB 2.0 connection.

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I've found Windows firewire hard disk support to be flaky on some machines.

Bob

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Don't have a USB connection

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This particular drice is a firewire-only drive. No USB connection.

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Put the drive in an USB 2.0 housing.

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There's always another way out.

Bob

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I'm a tech idiot -- Is this a complicated procedure?

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I have to confess: I'm not terribly handy when it comes to computer stuff. How complicated is it to move the drive into another case with a different connection type? Am I better leaving this to a professional? Any insight (or warning) would be appreciated.

~Marc

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(NT) (NT) How critical is the data ? Not backed up elsewhere ???

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I'd rank it at 2 light bulbs.

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It's just above changing a light bulb in my book. There is no jumper or other changes that I've found here. Just open one box. Unscrew a few things, pop the drive out of the old and into the next box.

If the case/interface is the issue, it should come right back.

Bob

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(NT) (NT) Yup...I could go with the 2 LBs !

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Voila! Problem Solved.

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My very sincere thanks. I did as you suggested and the drive is alive and well, with all data safely recovered and backed up. I really appreciate the help!

~MSB

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If nothing else works, remove the drive from the enclosure

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and try it connected internally to a desktop.

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