I am considering using this housing/Cdrw as an external 3.5" IDE Hard disk enclosure-firstly I would appreciate some help in opening this unit without
breaking any plastic notches/retainers. It does appear that this unit locks
on assembly and any help in opening would be good.
Remove the screws first at the bottom, manually open the cd tray through the hole infront, remove the cd tray cover thru some slip lock then, remove the cd front cover, you can now remove the case cover.
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Formatting a cd is to make it ready to add files to. Burning is actually adding the files to a cd. You can only format re-writables though.
If you make a multisession cd using a normal cdr then the first time you write to it the disk is made to accept your files for that session but also accept files at a later date, as it leaves the disk open and does not finalize it.
Check to see which LED is blinking, the one on the cdrw or the one just below it showing theres power to the enclosure? If theres proper power to the enclosure the green led light below the cdrw should stay solid green. If you have a blinking led light on the cdrw itself, you may wish to disassemble the enclosure and ensure all the short wire leads to the converters pcb are still properly connected and that theres nothing loose. Make sure the IDE cable is properly seated as well as the molex power connector.
A blinking led on the cdrw may signify a problem with the drive itself, since it should not be blinking unless its being accessed by the computer. You could also try reloading the drivers for it whether youre running it on a mac or windows machine. Perhaps change the usb port youre connecting too as well. Before sending the enclosure to the trash, try another cdrom drive connected inside of it. That should be the definitive test to solve whether its the fault of the enclosure or burner itself. Hope these troubleshooting tips help.
1) what are the operating systems on the old (dead) and target systems?
2) Try it on a second working system?
3) This sounds like an OS related problem (if it's not a dead hard drive problem). If you're running Windows, the newsgroups/forums run by Microsoft are actually pretty good. E.g. if you're using WinXP, try microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics or microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware They can give you help in diagnosing the problem.
If you have only a hard drive apart from this CDRW look at the connection to the hard drive and follow to the IDE0 connecter on the mobo.(do not connect CDRW to this as it will slow up the harddrive).
Next to this will be another connector IDE1, if you already have a device connected to this there will be an IDE cable already there.
On the IDE cable half way up will be another connector, connect this to your CDRW and set the plastic cap jumper to the SLAVE position.
If no device connected you need an ide cable from the connector on the motherboard to the CDRW and set the jumper at the back at slave.
Just remember if you have two peices of hardware on one cable one is set at 'MASTER' and one is set at 'SLAVE'.
Don't forget to connect the power lead from the power supply unit to CDRW.
Restart pc and it will be auto detected.