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Firewire interface fails sporadically

I have been using this drive for a while now over the USB interface without any problems. However, the two times that I've tried to use the Firewire port, it has failed miserably. In both cases, drive has appeared to work fine for a while (maybe 10-15 minutes), but that the interface would just die unexpectedly at some point. This most recent time, the power appeared to cut out on the drive (i.e. the blue light went out) when the interface went dead. I confirmed that the drive was still getting power by checking the LED on the power adapter, so it appears that the drive just shut itself down for some reason. The first time this happened, a couple years ago when I originally bought the drive, I assumed it was a problem with the Adaptec Firewire board that I had just installed, since I didn't have any other Firewire devices to use to test it. Now that the same problem has occurred on two separate machines, I have to believe that it's a problem with the Firewire port on the drive itself. Has anyone else experienced problems like this? It's very frustrating since it means that I can't use the Firewire port at all for fear of losing data. Thanks, Paul

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Is your hard drive detected by the computer? Did you try changing the USB ports? You can check if the drive is detected by Right click on taskbar > properties > startmenu > customize > advanced > scroll down completely and select system administration tools "Display on the all programs menu" > ok. Click on start > all programs > administrative tools > computer management > double click on storage. click on disk management(local) here you should see your drive. If you dont then the drive is probably not detected. If you see, you can just re-format it from here and it will appear in your my computer.

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