Question about SmartDisk FireLite 40 GB Hard Drive
I have a FireLite FWFL40-N that was bought in either 2003 or 2004 around x-mas and just in the last year it randomly quit working. I haven't had time to fix it yet or even really search for much troubleshooting on it. I just remember one day when trying to use it on my Powerbook G4 that it wouldn't turn on, no power showed on the HD and it wasn't showing up on my drives list on the desktop. I tried again on PC with the same problem. I just found a power adapter to see if the "no power" was the issue of my firewire, which must be part of the problem because after plugging it in w/ the AC adapter it turns on but it still doesn't sound like the HD is running at all and it is still not showing up as a drive on my MAC. Has anyone else had this problem or is there any genious out there that might know what it is? I'm about to the point of taking it apart to work on the insides if I have to!
Make sure the poer adaptor you use is rated for the same or better in terms of current. The instruction for the drive tell you what this is but for example it may be 5V 500mA in which case you need either the original power supply that is known to be working or another on that has those ratings (it does not matter if the mA or A is a little higher but never lower.
If its not the PSU then by all means dismantle it take the drive out and fit it into a pc to check the drive itself. If the drive comes up OK then you know for sure it is the enclosure and these are now cheap enough.
Posted on Aug 11, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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sounds like the firewire drivers are corrupt try and re-install drivers and if that did'nt help take drive to a friends house that has firewire on his computer and try on his if you get the same it's got to be sent off to be repaired and hopefully you can get files back thats why i take 2 copys one on one hdd and another on another and if one goes down I've got a back-up to fall back
Posted on Aug 14, 2007
If your Firelite SmartDisk was formatted for a PC, and you are using the Mac side of the G4 it won't. They use a different format scheme. Need to load Parallel, bootcamp, or another virtual PC program, and then Windows. Using that it will recognize it.
If you know another Mac user that is using both sides (Mac and Virtual PC) is a quick way to retrieve data to move it. Be careful reformatting the FireLite. There are some more complex ways. Hope that this helps.
PS: I use a 160GB FireLite on my G4, MacBook Pro as well as my Tower and notebook PCs.
Posted on Aug 08, 2010
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