Question about Western Digital 500GB My Book World Edition 500 GB Hard Drive
I work on a Powerbook G4 and I've had WD 500GB hard drive for a little over a year and its always seemed to be working fine. Even when I'd accidentally unplug it it would still mount after about 5 minutes of "thinking" about it (constantly spinning and showing the solid blue light).
Well, I don't exactly remember having unplugged it without ejecting it first the last time i used it, but when i tried to plug it in today it kept spinning forever (with the blue light still on) without ever showing up in my computer.
Eventually i restarted my machine with the HD still plugged in (thinking it would reset it and the drive would mount no problem when the machine reboots). Goes what - now it completely ignores anything i do:
- it doesn't spin
- the light never goes on
- the computer registers no activity whatsoever!
is it Dead?
(please tell me NO - my whole life is on that thing!)
The problem is that your powerbook G4 does not provide enough power to your 160gb passport HD. This does not happens to the new Macs with intel inside.
There are several ways to fix it:
1) Go to West Digital Website and buy a "Power Buster Cable USB" (that connect your 2 USB ports to your passport HD in order to provide more power). I think that it costs 10$. This is the link: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/accessories.asp?ProdID=170
2) The other solution is easier. If you have an external USB hard drive with two USB ports, or a DVD/CD burner with two usb ports, you can pug your passport in one of the ports while the other HD or DVD/CD burner is connected to you PowerBook. You will be able to see and use your q60gb Passport HD.
Posted on Oct 25, 2008
The problem that has been inherent with all LaCie external harddrives, is the interface in the case itself.
All external harddrives have a Style of harddrive that is used in a laptop, or one that is used in a desktop computer.
Laptop harddrives are 2-1/2 inches across in width.
Desktops are 3-1/2 inches across.
Your LaCie will have a 3.5, (3-1/2) inch desktop style harddrive, inside the case.
There are two main Types of harddrives.
IDE and SATA. (There is also a newcomer. SSD. SSD isn't being used in LaCie external harddrives at the moment, to my knowledge)
Your LaCie will use a SATA harddrive inside it.
This is an example of an average SATA harddrive,
The photo of this harddrive is tilted at an angle, that doesn't readily show the interface connection, but it helps to explain.
At the bottom of this harddrive in the photo, and to the left, is the interface area.
Viewing the harddrive, look at the four metal pins on the extreme right of the harddrive. To the left of these pins is the Jumper pin area. (Has a white jumper on two of those pins)
To the left of the Jumper area is an opening, and to the left of that, is a long slot. The first small slot area is for the 7-pin Interface cable.
(Data cable) The next slot to the left, is for the 15-pin power cable.
This 7-pin Interface mates up to socket holes in a connector, of the case of the LaCie external harddrive.
It is this interface connector, inside the LaCie external harddrive case, that is the problem.
Buy a quality, in-expensive External Enclosure, take the harddrive out of the LaCie, and install it in this enclosure.
Examples of 3.5 Sata External Enclosures,
(From $15 to $35, is a good range for a decent external enclosure)
Posted on Jul 22, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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