taking the hard disk out of its case and attaching directly to SATA signal and power on your mobo?
Often, with mini-usb, there isn't enough power to feed the disk even when using dual A plugs at source. Maybe ok when new but electronics age especially in heat and need more current.
My issue is not unlike the many, many I've found over the days I've spent "googling" for resolution to my issue. I've posted in the tread I linked to, but at the risk of getting the spam bump, I'll begin anew with high hopes:
My issue is similar to that above:
Maxtor OneTouch4 Mini, new from evilBay two years ago. Used as backup storage for my main hdd. Four years of music and video production buried now b/c it, the ext hdd, has disappeared from My Computer. It seems as if it has one foot in the grave and still clinging to life.
It quietly "clicks" like a very tiny critter's inside making "giddy-up" noises and it has that electronic noise a cell phone makes over the car radio when passing a tower. I don't feel it 'vibrate' anymore when it's in my palm, either.
In addition to extensive "googling" for solutions, I've tried:
Different cnxn cable, different usb ports, UDA (a Universal Drive Adaptor) kit w/power (a new trick I learned today from utoob).
The first time I tried a different cable to a front of machine port I got that (above) error message. Second time, nothing. Tried the UDA and got that message the first time, too. The drive did appear briefly, and not as a recognizable storage drive, under the power tab in a usb root hub sub but not under usb controllers or disc devices. SO... should I even bother trying to jack this thing straight to the mobo? I do have room and another sata cable.
Funny. I was just "googling" to find a way to burn very large files (ie: a huge productivity suite) to multiple discs when this mess hit the fan.
Some history: A couple of weeks ago, while organizing my photo files and folders on the Maxtor, I ran across several that I could not rename, move or delete because the "file or directory is corrupt or can't be read." I could, though, read, hear, even open and edit PNGs along with the ability to 'copy as' to wherever I wanted within this malfunctioning Maxtor drive. The same held to be true of some audio files. This is what prompted me in the first place to begin the preparation to back everything up so I could either re-format the drive or get rid of it before I lost everything. Time, I guess, was not on my side.
I need what you'd call a miracle. And yes, I've read the "miracle" thread. That'll be my next stop if it need be, prior to going to the costly disc surgeons for a recovery.
Oh, Gear: Custom rig w/ xp pro sp3, Foxconn Mobo, Intel Core2 Duo/3ghz, 3g RAM, 300g Maxtor "C" Drive, Asus gfx, Audigy sound w/Z Platinum Pro breakout face and a couple DVD RW's. Oh, and a floppy. Go figure. OS/main drive's been freshly reformatted only days before this issue. That's why I put all that stuff on the Maxtor to begin with. My wife says she's never known anyone with as much computer problems. I said it's because I actually use it!
Thanks in advance for your patience and kind expertise in assisting yet another Maxtor victim and here's to hoping for success!
Peace and blessings,
Eric/St. Pete, FLA