|Hi, I have recently purchased an external 2.5" Toshiba 250GB HDD (model: X250). This device needs no external power to run & it comes with a "Y" shaped USB cable. I ran it on my Laptop (Zenith, Core 2 Duo T6400, 2 GB, 160GB, win 7) & it worked fine. |
I copied a few files (like some 20 odd GB in small files), watched the movie clips on my Xtreamer HD media player, all fine. I then realised that this HDD was formated in FAT32 & I will need to convert it to NTFS inorder to copy files > 1 GB... I had two options, one was to format the drive & copy my stuff back from the original DVD backups. Second was to try converting this external HDD from FAT32 to NTFS using some partitioning software. I tried the later to save some time & effort & that's when my misery started... the conversion process started & it went on for almost an hour. Then suddenly at around 80% it stalled and gave some error saying drive not detected. (I would keep moving the mouse on the laptop from time to time just to ensure it never went into sleep mode, although the laptop has been configured not to enter sleep mode - but just to be extra sure as I knew that an error in this process might fail my HDD). I rebooted to see the quantum of damage & as I expected the drive was not being detected on my laptop. I tried connecting it to my home PC (old P4, Win XP SP2, 512 MB) and it didn't detect there either (earlier it had worked there).
I asked Hitachi for a replacement & received one. I was excited & connected this drive to my laptop & was surprised that this drive also wouldn't detect on my laptop. Ditto on my PC. All I could hear was a 'click - click' sound every 3-4 seconds repeatedly till the drive was connected to the USB port. The while light on the bottom of the HDD continue to glow. I confirmed that the drive was Dead on Arrival & was about to give it back for replacement when I tried connecting it on my office laptop (HP, Core 2 Centrino, 4 GB, 160 GB, Win XP - SP2) and to my surprise the drive was detected. I am not supposed to be connecting external media on office network but it detected the drive in Explorer. I was not too sure & tried again & it was detected again. To be sure, I connected it to my wife's laptop (IBM Thinkpad, Core 2 Duo, 1 GB, running Win XP - SP1) and then to my Xtreamer Media player and it was detected in both these as well. I am now forced to believe that there is some mess with my laptop & home PC and that the external HDD is not getting sufficient power to start. Any suggestions? I have tried to deleted 'USB Mass Storage Device' but no avail. The clicking noise on connecting the HDD to the laptop continues. Pls Help. Thanx, Ronni