red light frashing on rock moble drive

April 29, 2012 at 10:33:53
Specs: Windows Vista
red light flashing on rock moble drive

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April 29, 2012 at 11:00:18
If you HAVE NOT dropped the drive, that probably indicates the USB port you have it plugged into cannot supply 500 ma of current to the drive.

Troubleshooting USB device problems including for flash drives, external drives, external memory card readers.
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In addition to the info there....

For some desktop mboards you can have problems when an external hard drive is plugged into one of a pair of USB ports on the back of the case that are connected to the same USB controller, if there is another device plugged into the other USB port for the pair, because the pair can't actually supply 500 ma per port - they can only supply 500 ma in total. Usually those pairs of ports are one above the other, not beside each other. If you have two devices plugged into such a pair of ports, try plugging one of them in elsewhere on the back of the computer.

For MANY laptop and netbook mboards similar applies. The built in USB ports often cannot actually supply 500ma per port - they supply 500 ma in total for two ports that are close to each other. In that case, the external drive should work fine if it's the ony thing plugged into the USB ports built into the laptop or netbook, or if you have more than two ports, the only thing plugged into two ports close to each other.

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May 1, 2012 at 14:08:07
thank you for your reply i tried to plug it up to my wifes laptop as only her moitor was pluged in but still got the red light i have ordered a universal drive adaptor so will see how that goes and keep you posted

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May 1, 2012 at 16:22:50
Searching the web using: rock mobile drive
finds that you bought a piece of cxxx


Review: Stay away from Rock Mobile Disk

Rock Mobile Disk Review and Teardown (External HDD)

If the hard drive inside of it has not been damaged....

- it will work fine with a hard drive enclosure that's desgined for the type of drive - SATA, or EIDE (PATA). I recommemd the Vantec brand.

- other types of USB to hard drive adapters are NOT recognized by some computer bioses.

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