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Re: Mad Dog Hard Drive - Immediate Help
The grand majority of these external hard drives can't withstand being dropped from 3 inches, and some can't be dropped 1/2 inch. In other words, to retrieve your data, you will have to send it to a specialist, who will charge you between $300 to $1500 to get the data, with no guarantees. What a deal. I had a Fantom 120 gb, my dog knocked it over, and by by data. The fact that it is making noises means it has been knocked out of kilter. Try calling them with your warranty, but I bet it won't cover it. The whole industry is a big ripoff, as they do not warn you that you can lose everything at the drop of a hat (as it were). Only one company guarantees a drop of 7 feet that I know of. Better off to back up your data using an online secure system. Some cost only $4.95/month. Sorry.
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It's an USB cable- usually you can use one like connects to a printer- but sometimes it would use the mini usb connector like cellphones and portable hard drives use- unfortunately the only information I was able to dig referred to an old (2004 era) CNET review
What device do you need a cord for? The Mad Dog Dominator given above is an internal IDE CD/DVD drive. Thus it can be connected to a 4 pin peripheral molex connector to the power supply and a 40 pin IDE ribbon cable. Some USB/SATA/IDE devices will be able to connect to the drive for external use (since it is a full size 5 1/4" drive). Similarly, you can find some USB external device enclosures that will work with the IDE connect.
There are IDE to SATA converters that you can add to connect the drive to a computer with no IDE port on the motherboard. (There are also power adapters to convert a SATA power connector to the 4 pin in the rare case that you do not have a free 4 pin connector. However, a 4-pin y-connector is usually a better choice).
All of the above items are available from most computer supply shops.
I wish that I could be of more help.
Cindy Wells (external hard drives currently can have one or more of the following connectors: USB 2.0, e-SATA, Firewire, ethernet, or USB 3.0. The USB 2.0 is the most common. A standard USB cable (A/B) is the usual one for a USB 2.0. These are also available at most computer shops. Look at the device and the size of the opening to determine the cable end needed. Standard B is a square end with beveled corners. Usually a text or icon on the device will indicate the port type.)
If you just want to use old drive for data, here is a way to get rid of old OS. Put your CD for the OS (any will do, but XP works best for me.) Make sure you have CD as a boot drive. When it says "push any key to boot from CD" hit the space bar. Let it go through the motions and when it finally is ready, pick install Windows. It will ask you to pick a partition, and go to Mad dog hard drive. Click on remove partition, and when this is done, eject CD and shut down computer. You can now use FDISK to create partition and format it. Windows will not let you delete an operating system, but you can fool it into letting you this way. Hope this helps!
You need to get a straightened paper clip, or similar stiff wire, locate the small hole in front draw of DVD, insert wire and push gently in, until you feel/hear a click, keep pushing and the draw will pop open.
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.
According to http://www.mdmm.com/spec.php?productid=160 (check the requirements tab, note that it doesn't work on firefox due to bad coding), it only supports Windows 2000 and Windows XP (even though it doesn't say so, it's likely it's also supported by Windows 98 and Vista) but unless someone made drivers for mac os x, it doesn't look like it'll work.
The firmware updates and drivers won't help you. You can try turning it
off, disconnecting it from your PC, then turning off your PC, turning
on the burner and then turning your PC back on and hope that it's
recognized. The chances are slim as this is a known issue with Mad Dog
external USB DVDRW's and you need to send it in for repair if it's
under warranty or put it on eBay as broken (or throw it out) otherwise
and get a new one. I have a Mad Dog external DVD-RW and ran into the
same exact issue, for a while it was working on and off as long as I
didn't turn the burner off while my PC was on but for a while now it's
just recognized by the PC as mass storage device rather than the DVDRW
that it is and when you reach that point the aforementioned two choices
(repair or throwing it out\putting it on ebay) are the only ones you
I think ya have to make sure that you have the correct "Driver" installed. when ya plug it in.. it should make a noise and then ask for drivers OR install it's own.. also try another USB port.. and OR Uninstall the driver, Device Manager and reinstall again.