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Cord to use for installation

The installation instructions say to connect using the "cable of your choice".  How do I know which one to chose?

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Re: cord to use for installation

Is there any option cables highlighted during the installation? check your cable what you are using right now..

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External hard drives are plug-and-play devices used to store music, video and data files. Once the drive is connected, the computer checks its systems for the appropriate drivers, loads them, and the external drive is ready to use. If the computer does not recognize the external drive, plug it into another computer to ensure the drive is not corrupted. If the drive is good, a few simple steps should help re-enable the drive for use.
Switch the power button to "off." Disconnect the power cord from any extension cords or power strip, then re-seat the power cord into the hard drive. Connect the cord directly into an outlet and power up the drive. If the drive is powered and still not working, check the data cable. Power down the hard drive and disconnect the data cable from the computer. Wait 30 seconds to one minute. Reconnect the data cable and power up the drive. If the drive is not detected, power down the hard drive and connect the cable to a different port. Power up the drive. If the drive is detected but not working, check for a missing driver. Click on the "Start" button, right-click "Computer" and select "Manage." Enter your administrator password if requested. Select "Device Manager" and double-click "Disk Drives." Right-click the yellow exclamation point and install the missing driver. Close the Device Manager. If the drive is detected but not working check to ensure it has an assigned drive letter. Disconnect all devices connected by USB cables from the computer. Reconnect the drive's data and USB power cables directly into the computer. Click on the "Start" button, right-click "Computer" and select "Manage." Enter your administrator password if requested. Click on "Disk Management," right-click the external hard drive, click "change drive letter and path," and click "Add." Assign a drive letter. Avoid using A, B or C (C is usually assigned to the computer's internal hard drive). Click "OK" close the window. If the drive is detected but not working, check whether the drive is in sleep mode. Disconnect all devices connected by USB cables from the computer. Reconnect the drive's data and USB power cables directly into the computer. Click the "Start" button, right-click "Computer" and select "Manage." Enter your administrator password if requested. Select "Device Manager" and double-click "Universal Serial Bus Controllers." Double-click the first instance of "USB Root Hub" or "Root Hub." Check for the hard drive. If the drive is not visible, move to the next instance of "USB Root Hub." Continue checking each instance until the hard drive is located. Once located, click the "Power Management" tab and uncheck the "Allow computer to turn off this device to save power" box, click "OK," then close the Device Manager. Power the computer down, wait 30 seconds to one minute, and power the computer back up to ensure the drive is detected. Hope this helps.

Dec 21, 2012 | Buffalo Technology (HD-PE320U2/WH) 320 GB...

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Where can I purchase the cord for my FWFL40-N to be used with a MacBook Pro?

I have a firelite USBFLB60 60gb. My cord broke, so I just ordered "Cable Wholesale USB Type A Male / Mini-B Male Cable, 5 Pin, Black, 1 ft" from Amazon for very cheap. I think that is the correct adapter, and I imagine it would be the same for yours.

Mar 13, 2012 | SmartDisk FireLite 40 GB Hard Drive

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Can it be used as external hdd

Yes it can be used as an external hdd.

This is the only procedure i know and i hope you'll be satisfied.

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Locate and purchase an IDE to USB cable conversion kit. Insert the driver CD that came with the kit into your computer's CD drive. Follow the instructions on the installation prompt that will appear on your computer's screen to install the conversion cable driver software.

Power off the computer once the driver software has finished installing. Remove the power cable and all of the other cords from their ports on the back side of the computer.

Set the entire computer case on its side so that the left side panel is facing upwards. Check the back end of the case to determine if the side panel is locked with two case screws or only a metal latch. Disconnect the panel from the case either by removing the screws or by pulling upwards on the latch.
An IDE Cable

Pull the side panel off of the computer case and set it aside. Locate the drive that you want to connect with a USB cable. Remove the screws holding the drive into the drive bay. Disconnect one end of the IDE cable from the motherboard, but leave the other end connected to the back side of the drive itself.

Remove the drive from the drive bay with its connected IDE cable and set it outside of the computer case. Set the side panel back onto the case and re-attach the metal latch or case screws. Plug the cables back into the computer ports and power the computer back on.

Insert the end of the IDE cable that used to be connected to the motherboard into the IDE port on the conversion cable. Plug the male USB end at the other side of the conversion cable into any open USB port on your computer.

Have a nice day friend and i hope this would satisfy your needs.

Aug 20, 2011 | Samsung (SP0411N) 40 GB Hard Drive

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My seagate sata 500gb barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS not booting.and showing black screen.I can`t install windows because no drive is showing .please help.

If your hard drive is an IDE type, the data cable that connects it to the motherboard will be a flat (usually gray colored) cable that has three 40 pin female connectors on it. If it is an 18" cable, the 2 connectors that go to IDE devices (hard drive or CD-ROM) will be spaced about 6" apart at one end of the cable and the connector that connects to the motherboard will be at the far end of the cable. Also, the cable will have a red stripe along one side of it. The stripe is an indicator of where pin # 1 is on the cable.
Since the IDE cable connects to two devices, there has to be a way for the motherboard controller to know what is connected to each connector. This is accomplished by small straps called jumpers on the rear of the IDE devices. The jumper choices are Cable Select (CS), Master (MA), and Slave (SL).
If your hard drive is strapped as master you must connect it to the connector at the end of the cable. ( If there is a second device on the cable it must be strapped as slave.)
If your hard drive is strapped as Cable Select it is usually connected to the end of the cable but any device on the 2nd connector must also be strapped as Cable Select.
Verify that the hard drive is strapped properly and then be sure it is connected to the drive with the red stripe side closest to the hard drive 4 pin power connector.
At the motherboard end, be sure the cable is connected with the red stripe side adjacent to pin 1. A "!" is usually marked on the motherboard next to the pin 1 of the IDE socket.
Verify that a 4 pin power connector is plugged into the connector on your hard drive and be sure it is fully inserted. .
If you have a SATA drive, the connections are easier. Verify that one end of a SATA data cable (usually red in color) is connected to your hard drive and the other to the first available SATA connector on your motherboard.. Then verify that a SATA power cable is connected to the power receptacle on your hard drive.
When you are sure your connections are correct, plug in and as you turn on your PC, hold down the delete key to enter BIOS setup. (On some machines it's the F!, F2 or F10 key).
Once in BIOS setup, first scroll through all the menus and make sure that all on-board IDE and SATA devices show that they are set for ENABLED or Auto (If you see DISABLED, change it to ENABLED.)
Then, press the Enter key to select the first display screen, ususally titled "Standard CMOS Features". Your Hard Drive should be listed under IDE or Sata devices. If it is, follow the on-screen instructions to get to the Boot Menu. If this hard drive is the device that you want to load your operating system from, be sure it is listed as one of the boot choices.
If the CMOS does not see your hard drive, then you need to have the drive and your PC tested by a PC technician to determine what the problem is.
If you have any additional questions contact me by clicking on the "Add a comment" link located under your problem description on FixYa. Also, if you believe that this information was helpful to you, please return to the FixYa website and rate my response to your question.
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Dec 19, 2010 | Seagate ST3500418AS 500GB 7200RPM SATA...

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How do you connect two hard drives to a computer?

1. For SATA, you just need a second SATA cable to plug it in and a power cable from the power supply.
2. For IDE, you will need a second IDE cable to plug the second hard drive, AND you will have to set both hard drives jumpers either to cable select or one Master and the other one Slave, based on which one you have the operating system.

Nov 12, 2010 | Maxtor Hard Drive

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Need documentation on how to attach WD PassPort HDD to Belkin N+ router using usb port on router ... to be accessed by Windows 7

Gather and connect all necessary connecting cables. You need an Ethernet cable to go from the box linking the hard drive to your wireless router in one of the open ports on the back of your wireless router, and a USB cord connecting your external drive to the storage link box (unless you are using a flash memory device or stick drive).Power up the devices. Make sure your Internet connection Is working and that the storage device is working properly.Insert the Setup CD into your computer. Follow the instructions and install any necessary utilities for the specific type of external drive you are using. Configure the storage link. During setup you should have been given the option to secure the device with a login name and password. Open the device and log in. Make any changes you want to on the storage device, but if you aren't sure what specific changes you want to make to the default settings, leave the default settings alone to avoid creating problems.

Mar 13, 2010 | Hard Drives

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External hard disk installation


does your hard disk require also a USB power cord? maybe it was not included in the original package but you need it.


Aug 03, 2008 | Western Digital Caviar (wd800lb) 80 GB...

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Plug and play? doubtful.

Is the drive partitioned and formatted already?
Does it work on another computer?
Is the drive powered via the usb cable, or does it have an adapter?
Do you have any networked drives on this computer?

When it is connected on your computer,
click Start
right click Computer
click Manage
double click Storage
double click Disk Management

Is it in the list of drives in the lower half of the window?

Mar 14, 2008 | Toshiba 120GB USB 2.0 Portable External...

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Hooking up a

Your external drive has a choice of USB or firewire, so only connect with the USB cable.

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