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Imation SD-USB-M2 SuperDisk USB(MAC)

Drive quit working. It appears that it no longer spins. I have tried the reset procedure, etc., & the drive lights up (AC Adapter ok). Drive should spin even w/o USB connection. Neither regular nor SuperDisks seem to spin. No indication that motor tries to spin (no grinding or grunting, indicators don’t dim). I suspect some sort of interlock switch problem. What are the preconditions to enable (or disable) the spin motor? I am comfortable with details & I troubleshoot for a living. I have a good DMM & o’scope and the circuit board doesn’t scare me. I work with smaller & tighter circuit boards than this. 

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  • ikkenom May 11, 2010

    With the cover removed from the SuperDisk drive, insert a LS-120 disk. See if the holes in the corners of the media line-up with small "fingers" -- those "fingers" detect that media (1.44MB or 120MB) have been inserted. If those "fingers" get "stuck" in the wrong position, the media cannot be "detected". Clean the fingers.

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Sounds like a dead (or jammed) motor -- the one that spins the media. It's relatively easy to open the case, disconnect the USB-to-IDE interface adapter from the 40-pin IDE connector, and go onto eBay to find any "internal" or "external" LS-120 device, and swap it in, to replace the "not-spinning" device.

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imation super disk SD-USB-M2.Solution to run under Vista service pack 1.Works for me
boot up your puter then plug in the imation super disk into your puter's usb port then into your power sulpply socket.Then if you have a reset button on your puter Press it
the puter then shuts down and resets itself when the screen appears it asks "Start up normally" Press enter.The drive is recognised and works.Its a bit of a ball ache but works for me.Hope this helps others with the same problem
JM.

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