External disk problem again!

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  1. Cheung

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    Wonder if anybody can help me here.

    About 3 years ago, I had a external hard disk of 75 Gb for backup. Well, I think it's failing! Sometimes, it makes this horrible whirring sound without actually transfering a file across. I guess the drive is getting old (over 6 years old). So, I went and bought another external drive that has 1394 output and USB2.0 . Here's the problem, my computer only has 1394 and USB 1.1, no USB 2.0.

    The drive has been formatted in NTFS - I can see it using the USB1.1 connection but of course, transfer times will be really slow.

    I have a USB 2.0 card slotted in the PCI slot. But it doesn't work. The PCI slot used to work with the previous card inside so I assume it's not a problem with the PCI slot.

    If I plug the 1394 connection up, it doesn't "see" the drive. Not sure what I can on that end.


    So question is, how to get my USB 2.0 card to work? USB drivers seem to be working properly.
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  2. red00ecstrat

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    is there any other free pci slot? what about plugging that usb 2.0 card to another pci slot?
    i also wanna know more about your 1394 connection. is that a 1394 pci card or an on board 1394 slot?
     
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    did you install the driver?
     
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    I'll try plugging into another PCI slot.

    1394 is onboard. It's a bit cranky I must admit. The old hard drive will only work on port A and not port B. But the external DVD R/RW works on part B.

    Aargh, the driver. I'm sure I tried to install it. Actually, I bought this USB 2.0 card a little while back and forgot about it. In the meantime, I redecorated the flat and of course, Sod's law is working. I can't find the driver disk:(
     
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    In the worst case scenario, you can always change the motherboard :D.

     
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    I assumed you are using Windows XP. In order to get USB2.0 to work, you need (I think) to install XP Service Pack 2. Without the service pack, XP will only recognise USB1.1 .
     
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    not quite sure if it is normal but i m in the same situation. i can only assign one device to one port!
    so, what about getting rid of the old driver of your old hard drive then connect and install everything for the new one?

    don't worry. those drivers can always be found easily from manufacturer's homepage.
     
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    I would suggest to check the motherboard for any bios updates.

    Cheers!
     
  9. Cheung

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    It didn't need a driver. I just plugged it in, had a hard time in getting it recognised (had to go through DOS), and then it worked.

    Good suggestion....how is that done? The computer is more than 5 years old:) Would there be any updates?

    Yes, I could change the computer. Intend to do that next year. Will probably ask the advice of BFer's during that time.;)

    Sheesh, I don't even know if Intel still produces Pentium or what speed they are up to.:confused:
     
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    For the motherboard bios update, it is best to open the case and look for manufacturer, model, and version number (typically it is the largest alpha-numerics etched onto the motherboard).

    Then check the manufacturer's web site for the latest bios, plus download the specific utility (& directions) to flash the bios.

    Cheers!
     
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    BMS, bios update is usually the last resource especially when it comes to an old motherboard because if something goes wrong in the process... well u fill in the blanks :p Ive killed a few motherboards this way in the past...

    Cheung, use bios update as last resource... and be prepared (if it fails) to get a new board...
     
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    It is his last resource!!!
     
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    You need lots of RAM and a powerful CPU for sure since you process lots of photos. Lots of new stuffs next year . . . just wait

     
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    hehe, finally got a bit of time to actually take the cover off the computer. Swopped the USB2.0 card to another PCI slot and it now works!! I already had SP2 installed.

    It's taken roughly 3 minutes to trasfer 1.5Gb to the another disk via USB2.0. Does that sound about right?

    Very clever of Red. :D Now, my computer probably can't produce any sound now!:) But at least I can backup and dowload those photo files easier:D:D:D
     
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    U guys are good. :).. you've made it Cheung.
     
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    1.5G in 3 minutes is a very decent transfer rate.
     
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    Found out a bit more about this contraption. The USB 2.0 works just great. The 1394 is more vague. The desktop 1394 doesn't recognise it but the notebook 1394 recognises it no problem.

    Just got a huge shock. Last night playing around with some video capturing hardware. Today, switch on the computer, and nothing turns up. After some puzzling, I disconnect the videocapture hardware and the desktop starts up working properly again..phew!!!
     
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    what is that capture card? any help on filter and transition rendering? if not, u may just simply use your onboard 1394 port and forget about that capture card.
     

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