Re: Firestore FS-4 does not show up when connected
I own three FS-4 and one of them has the same problem. Two of them connect no problem. The third one says the connection is successful but windows doesn't recognize it. After playing around a bit it appears that I am not getting a good connection with the 6 pin firewire output on the Firestore. I find that with repeated attempts and carefully holding the cable in various positions, I eventually get it (reminds me of analog TV antennas when you have to be in just the right position to get a channel in clearly). The good news is, once it is recognized, it stays recognized until the need for the next download.
So for my unit, I think I simply have a bad jack. Hope this helps.
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As for using it internally, you would connect it with the same ribbon cable that is connected to your current hard drive. Then the new drive you would have to set to slave, there will be a jumper on the end of the drive where you plug it in. It should tell you where to move the jumper to to set it as slave.
check the formats of the keys. if they are NTFS they might not be recognized by earlier Windows versions. What version of windows does the laptop computer use? It may be as simple as using the correct formatting (FAT or FAT32) on the USB memory key.
if you mean the battery on the mac went dead and now the external drive won't recognize but otherwise acts normally then the formatting on the drive is likely damaged from shutting down in the middle of sommething it was doing.
You two main options you can try. DiskWarrior can be purchased through any Mac store, if it is a simple fault it will be able to repair the logical problems on the drive. If this doesn't work or you'd prefer to have a pro do the work on the drive for you reply back with your location(Country, State, City) and I will point you in the direction of a nearby pro.
Most PVR's use a small linux micro operating system to run there menus and handle the drives, as such many of the drives used by them are formatted in Ext2/3. You will need to install a driver in windows that allows it to mount ext? drives and then you should have no problem accessing it. The link below will take you to a download site for a free driver, but they do ask you to donate. Please if it works throw them a bone as this is how they keep providing such useful software for all of us.
If this works, copy the files to your computer and then let the PVR reformat the drive, unfortunately when windows doesn't recognize the drive as being formatted, it marks it. That mark is messing with the PVR but after you add these drivers you should have no problem moving the drive back and fourth as it will recognize the drive and it's data in the future.
Try a factory reset - it will probably fix the problems you're seeing. These are the instructions I got from Focus Enhancements:
FACTORY RESET a. With the Firestore powered OFF. b. REMOVE the “battery” and connect the “AC Adaptor”. c. Press and HOLD down the "ON” and “OFF” buttons for 15' seconds, then release just the “ON” Button. d. Count to five (5) then release the “OFF” button. e. The Firestore should be powering back up to the home screen.
(It takes the firestores settings back to the normal setup. This "will not" erase any current footage on the drive) (You may have to re-do current update/upgrade version)