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Power connection, but no Data (Mac)

I have had my hard drive for a few months now with no problems, but a few days ago my computer stopped connecting to my hard drive. There is a power connection being made, but no data connection. I have a Mac and connect using FireWire. Any advice is appreciated. Thank you!

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  • linneabelle Jul 04, 2008

    Nope, no AC adapter-- with a FireWire/Mac connection, no AC adapter is needed. Which is why I am especially confused-- it seems like if power is transferring, data should?

    I just noticed that when I initially plug the drive into my computer, the "FireWire" light on the drive itself flashes orange for a second (indicating data connection) but it doesn't appear for the rest of the connection.

    As for daisy chaining, not sure exactly what you mean but this is plugged directly into my laptop.

    Thanks!


  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock May 11, 2010

    This isn't daisy chained to anything is it?



    I take it you have the optional AC adapter for this as specified in the fine print of Smart Disks website:



    Note 4: For computers with 4-pin FireWire ports or when daisy chaining FireWire peripherals with FireLite, use the separately purchased AC Adapter (Model Number ACFWS).

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I do not need an external power source for the drive-- it's a 4 pin connection. Problem is still, well, a problem-- it's been connecting for the past few days but I have no idea when it's going to bum out on me again.

Maybe I need a new cable? If so, any ideas on where I can get one? Thanks!

Posted on Jul 14, 2008

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Take a look at this photo. There are two different firewire connections on it. If your Mac has the one on the left, it is the four pin and needs a power source to run it. If it is the one on the right side, you have a six pin and should have power to run it.



Posted on Jul 04, 2008

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Jul 13, 2008

    I don't know why you would classify the solution the way you did. The instructions to the drive were specific. If the connection looks like it does on the left side you have no power and you need an ac adaptor. If it looks like it does on the right side then you have power.



    Has this been resolved yet?

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Jul 15, 2008

    If its a short in the cable that one I have in the picture is really good one. It's spendy because of the shielding. It's a Belkin cord. It has a 4 pin on one end with a 6 pin on the other end. Great for digital cameras too. I think it runs for about $30.



    If that doesn't remedy the problem then you should contact them about the AC adaptor because a 4 pin firewire is only designed to handle data but a 6 pin can handle power as well.

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