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Fantom hard drive red light!

Hi,I have a Fantom Titanium 250GB; I was copying large files to the hard drive and midway through the red light came on and a message came up saying a file could not be copied because the drive was corrupt. It was working fine yesterday. I ran scan disk and it is unable to finish and the red light just stays constantly on. Help!

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There are no drivers for this unit. It is a plug & play unit that is one of the worst Fantom has ever offered. Very unreliable and many power cord problems.

I tried for several weeks to find the drivers over the net and researched a ton before I called Fantom Tech Support. The number is posted on New Egg under the their Mfg contacts

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The problem may be your PC. It may not have an adequate processor/memory to transfer large amounts of data. This can corrupt the files being transferred and you'd get a "write error" or the system will freeze on you.

I would download the HDD's manufacturer software and reformat. If you still have that error after is most likely your PC doesn't have the capabilities to transfer large amounts of Data. You can either upgrade the memory, add a eSata card... in order to do large data transfers (obviously your external has to have eSata capabilities to use the eSata ports).

Posted on Jul 02, 2009

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    There are 2 formats FAT32 and NTFS. NTFS will be able to transfer larger packets of data. You have to chose between FAT32 or NTFS when you initially format your hard drive. Most externals will come with instructions to give you step by step instructions how to format your drive. Read the instructions weveral times before you you actually try to format the hard drive. Once you have data on the drive, you would need to back it up on another drive if you have to reformat the heard drive. You will lose all your data that is on the drive when you reformat it.



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