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How to open Iomega 650 USB CDRW

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.

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  • Beefeater Feb 02, 2008

    This Iomega USB CDRW 650 is an external unit with its own power supply and is a Purple plastic upper case with a grey lower plastic case. There are no screws visible hence my request to find a way to 'unlock' what I would imagine are locking segments on both upper & lower case housings. Opening the CD tray is no problem, If someone can assist with the opening of the two plastic halves of the external case without breaking the Clamps/retainers then I am halfway to achieving a positive result. Thanks. Warren

  • Beefeater Feb 08, 2008

    Problem solved-I decided to take the 'Bull by the Horn' and applied pressure where I considered the 'retaining clips' were located on the sides of the main body halves and also to the front disc access panel and 'Bingo' However, the ATAPI-USB interface is not designed to fit standard 3.5" IDE hard disk drives and for that reason I decided to 'flag' [give-up] the idea of using this as an external HDD Carrier. The spacing of the 'power' block & the 40 pin IDE cable/connecter is critical & will fit a few CDRW DVD units but not the Liteon units I have.

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Remove the front cover.

Use thin screwdriver to pry side-locking tabs tward the center of drive.

Tabs are on both sides, near the front.

Also on both sides near the back, thru small access holes at the back, on the sides.

Comes right apart, no broken bits.

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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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I have an iomega 31868500 external hard drive I haven't used in years. I now want to use it to store files from my wife's Toshiba laptop running Windows 7.


Hi Jack

It would be pointless having a hard drive fixed to Read Only.
I don't think there is a switch setting to set as Read Only.
The original Iomega (early days) removable cartridge drives had a plastic tab on the cartridge to allow it to be write protected (RO).
So perhaps the Iomega Enclosure (Interface electronics inside) is getting out of date.
The oldest part of your drive will be the Enclosure & USB port.

I would suggest you open the enclosure and take out the actual hard drive. Should still be good to use.

Drives are either 2.5" or 3.5" Size Standard.
Eg Pocket drives are 2.5" size, Slower operation as they use 5 volt only. One bump during use can kill them!

3.5" use 5v & 12v & spin much faster (3500 to 7200rpm) for high speed transfer. Eg Movie Streaming / Fast Backups and are more robust.

The internal connector will either be the older IDE / ATA type connector Or
The new universal SATA connector (serial ATA much smaller)

You will need to determine this.....

The Fix:
The most convenient enclosure these days would be a DOCK type that allows you to plug in both 2.5 & 3.5 SATA drives. AND use USB 3 as a faster Future Proof Hard Drive
Then you can plug one in for Movies and another for Music and a third for Backups. Each drive purchased separately.
Eg 3x 1TB should be cheaper than 3 separate enclosed drives.

I'm sure there is a dual DOCK also for the older ATA connector.
But all future Drives will be SATA.

Once you determine what connector your drive uses then you can plug it in to the more modern housing and format the drive for Windows NTFS or FAT32 (Windows & Mac & TV's)

Cheers
Good Luck


EG: SATA
Amazon com ezDISK EZ0330 USB3 0 hard drive docking station support SATA II...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_ATA

IDE Connector / Adapter
Vantec CB ISATAU2 SATA IDE to USB 2 0 Adapter Supports 2 5 Inch 3 5 Inch 5...

Amazon com SATA PATA IDE Drive to USB 2 0 Adapter Converter Cable for 2 5... Serial ATA Wikipedia the free encyclopedia

Connector
Parallel ATA Wikipedia the free encyclopedia

Bare Hard Drives: SATA & IDE
They all work on Windows or Mac (After Formatting)
Search Results for Western Digital hard drives at MacSales com

Feb 23, 2016 | Toshiba Computers & Internet

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Trying to find the operators manual for prestige desktop hard drive super speed usb 3.0 ,2 tb


The general directions is to plug the USB cable from the IOmega Prestige into any available (Open) USB port.

To open, (Access) the contents on the harddrive, double-click on the drive letter that corresponds with the IOmega.

In WinXP left-click on Start, then on My Computer.
In Win Vista and Win7 left-click on the Windows logo button, then on Computer.

You will see there are different drive letters;

Drive A: is reserved for a Floppy Drive. Older computers
Drive C: is for the Harddrive. (Hard Disk)
Drive D: is reserved for a recovery drive, or an optical drive (CD/DVD drive)
Drive E: is reserved for an optical drive, usually.

Drive letters beyond these are usually under the heading, Devices with Removable Storage

One of these drive letters should correspond with the IOmega.

Suggest, IOmega not plugged in, go to My Computer, or Computer, and look at the devices connected to the various drive letters.

Now plug the IOmega in, and see if it shows up next to a drive letter.
(Give the computer BIOS a few seconds)

Where there was NO device shown BEFORE, there should now be a device shown.
{No device shown before, but now there is. May not state IOmega, just external storage, or similar}

DOUBLE-click on the device shown.

For example:

I have drive letters C: D: E: F: G: H: I: J: and K:

Drive letter C: is for my harddrive.
Drive letter D: is for a recovery drive. (Partition in harddrive reserved for recovery)
Drive letter E: is for an optical drive (CD/DVD drive)

Drive letters F through K are reserved for an external storage device.
Whether it be an external harddrive, or flashdrive, or what have you.

IF you find the drive letter that corresponds with the IOmega DOUBLE-click right on it.
If nothing happens, or if there is no device shown when the IOmega is plugged in, there is a problem with the IOmega.

Hard to believe IOmega is still having problems with their external harddrives.

In the past they were having problems with a small circuit board located inside the IOmega's case.

[ A circuit board is a PCB.
Printed Circuit Board

For example a computer mouse has a small PCB in it,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mouse_printed_circuit_board_both_sides_IMG_0959a.JPG ]

The small circuit board is an Interface Board.

It connects the harddrive inside the IOmega's plastic case, to a USB cable, and this allows the harddrive inside to be plugged into a USB port on a computer.

As mentioned inside the plastic outer case (External enclosure) of the IOmega is a harddrive.
(Hard Disk drive; proper speak)

Harddrives are measure across their Width. There are two current types used;
A laptop size harddrive, and a desktop size harddrive.

A Laptop size harddrive is 2.5 inches across in width. (2 and a half inches, or 6.4cm)
A Desktop size harddrive is 3.5 inches across in width. (Or 8.9cm)

There are two technologies used;
IDE (PATA) or SATA

I'm sure the harddrive inside susanbrenton is a SATA unit.
I BELIEVE, it is a laptop size harddrive (2.5)

Point?

If there is data (Information) on the IOmega that you must have, you may wish to buy an inexpensive external enclosure, remove the harddrive from the IOmega, and install it into the external enclosure.

The external enclosure has a plastic case (Enclosure), and a small circuit board inside. It has a USB cable, or connector, just like the IOmega does.

Once you install the IOmega harddrive inside the case, the case is closed, and it's USB cable is plugged into a computer.
(Just like the IOmega. You are just replacing the small circuit board essentially)

Once you have the IOmega's case open, and can view the internal harddrive, measure the width of the harddrive.
Buy the appropriate external enclosure.

This is one example of an external enclosure for a 2.5 SATA harddrive,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3195233&CatId=2783

This is one example of a external enclosure for a 3.5 SATA harddrive,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2145406&CatId=2780

Basic instructions on how to open an IOmega Prestige external enclosure (Case):

1) There are two Philips head screws on the Back of the case.
These are removed.
Once removed a the oblong panel on the end comes off.

2) You can now see the harddrive inside. Pull from the Front, and remove the harddrive out of the case.

3) The harddrive is attached with screws to a metal carrier. (Bracket, essentially)
Remove the screws, remove the harddrive.

Basic example, the harddrive will look like this,

http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=0A26923-NDW-R&cat=HDD


For additional questions please post in a Comment, (Believe upper right of your page)

Regards,
joecoolvette

Oct 15, 2011 | Iomega Prestige 1 TB USB 20 Hard Drive

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Can not get computer to recognize hard drive any more?


You could try using another USB port on your computer. Perhaps that USB port you have the IOmega external harddrive plugged into is bad.

More than likely not, though.

The problem is usually inside the IOmega's case. (External enclosure)

Inside that IOmega external harddrive's case is a regular harddrive as used in a desktop, or laptop computer.
To explain;

Harddrives are physically rated in width, as well as type, and size.
A laptop harddrive is 2.5 inches across in width. (2 and a half inches)
A desktop harddrive is 3.5 inches.

The larger desktop harddrives are usually used in external harddrives that are 500GB, and larger.
(Not always the case when it comes to the 500GB size)

Harddrives have two technologies, or types.
IDE (PATA) or SATA.

You didn't state the Model Number so I can't even hazard a guess at this point.

The harddrive inside the case plugs into an Interface.
The Interface may be separate, and connected via a cable to a small circuit board, or the Interface may be soldered directly to the small circuit board.

It is this Interface, and circuit board which go bad.
The solution is to remove the harddrive inside, purchase an inexpensive external enclosure, and install the harddrive into it.

The external enclosure has a USB cable just like the IOmega external harddrive did.

As stated the harddrive inside is just a normal harddrive. Made by a harddrive manufacturer.
Could be a Western Digital, or Seagate, or Hitachi, or Maxtor, or Fujitsu, or IBM, just to name a few.
(Seagate bought out Maxtor)

On the harddrive will be a decal with it's specifications.
You will also be able to physically measure the width.

This external hookup will support harddrives that are 2.5, or 3.5 inches in width, (And 5.25), plus will support both IDE (PATA) or SATA harddrives,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7220658&CatId=3770

This external enclosure is for a desktop sized harddrive, 3.5 inches, and will support either IDE (PATA) or SATA harddrives,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1951866&CatId=2780

This external enclosure example is for laptop sized harddrives, 2.5 inches, and will support either IDE, (PATA), or SATA harddrives,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7041055&CatId=2783

Just one example of how to disassemble an IOmega Select Portable harddrive,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvUvz5Qb4vw

Other styles are listed in the Suggestions column down on the right.
Not a good source for information on disassembling an IOmega external harddrive, but there is very little info available.

(It isn't that tough for any external harddrive enclosure. The screws are usually hidden under labels, and the case pops apart in two halves. Just a little different design here, and there)

For additional questions please post in a Comment.
Regards,
joecoolvette

Jun 14, 2011 | Iomega Computers & Internet

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Seagate external hard disk is not getting detected in windows 7 previously it was detecting. i tried to change usb cable, tried on different system but nothing worked. i want to take backup of data also....


This is my suggestion for you to possibly recover the back up file in your external hard disk.

Remove the enclosure cover of the external hard disk. Detach the hard disk from the ide connection.
Change the jumper setting of the hard disk to slave. See the sticker in the hard disk to see how to set up the jumper to slave. Connect the hard disk to the ide cable inside your pc. If your computer is equipped with sata cable, just find some ide cable and connect it the the ide slot in your motherboard.

Restart your system and you will find your hard disk as drive (d:) in your system. If this was successful then problem can be cause by loose terminal solder in the usb/ide connector of the enclosure, or possible voltage drop of the power supply of the enclosure. USB driver issue or problem with the usb slot in your computer can also cause this issue.

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Terabyte iomega hard drive, the two lights are flashing red, fan not operating, no access via My Computer.


An external storage-device has four major components:

* the USB cable

* the power-adapter

* the disk-drive inside the enclosure

* the USB-to-disk-drive adapter inside the enclosure.

One of these components has failed.

Try a different USB cable.

Try connecting to a different USB port on your computer.

Try connecting to a USB port on a different computer.

Take a "multi-meter" and measure both the voltage and amperage output from the AC adapter, and compare with the specifications on the label on the adapter.

Open the enclosure, and remove the disk-drive, and then connect it as a "slave" disk-drive in a desktop computer, to see if it works at all.

Purchase a new, compatible, disk-drive, and install it in the enclosure, to "revive" your external storage device.

Get the part-number and serial-number from the label on your disk-drive, and access the manufacturer's web-site, and use "check warranty status", to see if they will replace the device, at minimal cost to you.

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I have a iomega eGo HDD and its not showing up on my computer but it shows up under my devices how do I fix that


It depends. If this is the _very_ first time that you have connected the IOMEGA device to your computer, you'll need to "initialize" the HDD for usage by Windows (or Mac OS).
Or, if you've previously done that, and you've written files onto it, and now cannot read those files, you have an entirely-different problem, namely a "hardware" problem.

An external storage device has several major components:

* the USB cable (which in your case, seems OK, since the device is listed)
* the disk-drive inside the enclosure
* the USB-to-disk-drive adapter inside the enclosure
* optionally, an external power-supply that connects to the enclosure.

Use a multi-meter to measure the voltage/amperage generated by that power-supply,
and compare with the specifications on the power-supply's label.

Disassemble the enclosure, and remove the disk-drive.
Connect it as a "slave" disk-drive in a desktop computer, to see if bypassing that USB-to-disk-drive adapter bypasses the problem.

If the device is still under warranty, IOMEGA will replace it, at minimal cost to you.

If the warranty has terminated, buy a new, compatible, disk-drive, and install it inside the enclosure, to "revive" your external storage device.

Nov 04, 2010 | Iomega Computers & Internet

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Hi, i have an iomega 500 gb external drive, used it on my macbook (osx) and acer (vista) laptop without any problems, till this morning when not the mac nor pc recognize it, i tried different usb cables so...


If the power LED is on, it points to a problem with either the disk itself or the housing circuit board. I would open the case up to see what sort of hard drive it is (IDE or SATA) and then get as cheap hard drive housing from Maplin or similar to put the disk into.

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Vista stops recognizing external hard drive


This doesn't sound like an OS issue. This appears to be more an issue of the connection to the hard drive. The USB cable likely isn't the culprit, nor the laptop USB inputs. If the drive was ever dropped or the cable gets removed and reattached often to the actual enclosure, you might be looking at a bad port on the enclosure. This isnt a lost cause. You can always buy a hard drive enclosure from newegg and move the drive from the IOMEGA to the new enclosure. You can get a new enclosure for $15. Just because the USB port is bad, it doesnt mean the data is gone and the hard drive cant be used.

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QPS-525 usb CDRW - quit working. Pwr Supply OK.


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.

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Stopped responding


Hi whata

Plug the external hard disk into another computer's USB 2.0 port. If the problem follows the device, then there is a failure either of the external hard disk enclosure or of the hard disk (inside the enclosure).

If yours is one that you built yourself, you can remove the hard drive from inside the enclosure and plug it directly into a desktop computer (or another external hard disk enclosure) to see if the problem follows. (If you need help w/ this, just let us know.)

If yours is a pre-built external hard disk (you bought it w/ the hard drive already built-in) then you'll (if you're inclined to do so) need to open the enclosure to get at the hard disk inside. This can be difficult. You may, depending upon the enclosure, need to damage the enclosure to get it opened up.


Please, let us know if this response was helpful for you or, of course, if you have any further questions.

Thank you
BJ

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