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USB Cables I've lost the cable to my "Smartdisk FireFly" USB storage device. Are most of these cables proprietary to specific devices or are they universal and easily found?

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Most of them are easily found. You could take it to your nearest radioshack and they should be able to point you in the direction of a new cable.

Posted on Jan 30, 2008

Use any USB to mini USB cable. Pay attention to the type of connectors:
1. One side must be of Type A
- This is a long rectangular USB formfactor that can be plug in only one way - flipping it over and trying to plug it in wont work.

2. The other side must be mini USB
- This is a rectangular shaped connector that is longer on top than on the bottom (almost trapezoidal, except the sidewalls are curved).

Posted on Sep 04, 2008

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sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable


just replace the cable of the hard disk, when you plugged the external disk drive you got that windows could recognize the USB device change the cable everything should work fine again,

check the USB leads that attach to the motherboard usually red-white-green-black make sure they are securely seated and have no dust build up on them dust will cause static and a lot of unforeseen problems

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I have a Sandisk Cruzer Micro and a Sansa Clip+ and i can't get my PC to recognize either one and i have gotten drivers for the flash drive and still nothing. What can I do? Have Win98SE.


I noticed you said windows 98SE if your computer does not have USB 2,0 that may be a large part of your problems. If that is the case and you have a free PCI slot you may want to consider getting a usb card with USB 2.0. It will run alonsid your existing USB ports.

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I devised these simple steps that tend to remedy quite a few issues with most USB portable / external hard drives and OTHER devices (though not always)

A few things to check but assumes USB and Windows for other interfaces / operating systems (mac/ Linux) similar steps may be adapted to suit.

1. Ensure it is connected directly to the computer to a USB 2.0 port not a USB 1.0 port as this can have effects on performance and reliability

2. Use only the cables that came with it NOT one that fits that may have been lying around or is longer. Not all USB cables are equal even though they should be)

3. Do not connect through an external USB HUB unless that hub is USB 2.0 AND has its own power supply.

4. Use ONLY the power supply that came with it if it has an external power supply Don’t use any other unless you know it has both the same voltage and current rating e.g. 12V 500mA anything rated below that would not work properly.

5. Always use the same port for connecting your devices. Some devices do not like being switched about. If switched they may want to install software / drivers again. This can be especially true if you move a HUB to another port

If you checked and fixed anything there and still have issues then check your hardware from CONTROL PANEL / SYSTEM / HARDWARE.
Any exclamation marks by hardware need fixing before you investigate any further

USB flash drives can fail for no apparent reason.
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USB hard drives should be treated with extreme care.
This is a real hard drive ! and knocks and bumps can quite literally kill them.

It is possible to remove drives from the enclosures in most cases and connect directly inside a PC to fully check it.

Note that if you hear a drive clicking or pinging this could be the worst thing you would hear.
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Please check in device manager that storage mass device is not showing yellow mark if it is please first remove any storage device showing yellow mark in usb devices in device manager >

You wil find device manager in windows 2000/xp in control panel >administrative tools>computer management ..then click on device manager

Second thing is please remove/uninstall any storage device information from device manager
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