20 Most Recent FireLite (USBFLB80) Hard Drive Questions & Answers

Run diagnostics on the drive it may be failing. If it's ok you can try to reformat it from Windows Disk Management.

Or if you need to recover data for remote data recovery and do-it-yourself data recovery see http://FreeDataRecovery.us

FireLite... | Answered on Sep 17, 2015

Why doesn't the USB cable work?

FireLite... | Answered on May 20, 2014

You could try data rewriting software to erase your data, like AOMEI Partition Assistant Erase hard drive feature: http://www.extend-partition.com/help/wipe-data.html first you need to connect this disk on your computer and then download the free version of Partition Assistant to use.

FireLite... | Answered on Oct 09, 2012

You can to remove the hard drive from the housing and install it as a second drive in a desktop computer. If the drive is a 2.5" unit, you will need to get an adapter to convert it to the 3.5" form factor (the two sizes have different connectors, even if they have the same interface standard. If you have 40 or more pins on the drive, it's a PATA (IDE) type. If you have just a few pins, it's a SATA unit. The adapter should also provide a power connection for the drive.

This is a bit of a gamble - we're hoping the problem is in the power supply or interface and not the drive itself. I suggest before you start that you check for voltage at the output of the AC adapter (use a meter - some folks will try to make sparks and wreck the adapter in the process). If you get nothing, replace the adapter with one having the same voltage and the same or higher current rating. Verify that the +/- polarity markings match (usually center is positive).

FireLite... | Answered on Dec 03, 2011

Normally windows autodects drives. Are you sure that you have all pieces to it. Ususally the part is powered by the USB port. But it depends on the manufacturer some have power supplies that have to be plugged in. If your unit is powered by a power supply it should light up.

One of the ends will small and the other will have a USB plug. It could be you have a bad wire. Try taking the wire to a computer shop or store and see if you can get a replacement.

FireLite... | Answered on Jul 11, 2011


A USBFLB80 is not a hard disk controller, it's an external USB hard drive and does not require any driver when used in Windows ME/2000/XP. This device is plug and play in Windows XP providing you have a working usb port to plug it into.

FireLite... | Answered on May 29, 2011

sounds like someone might have plugged to big of a voltage cord into it. take it apart and hope for a fuse??

FireLite... | Answered on May 23, 2011

If your computer sees the drive > yes, you can drag and drop files.pictures etc. to the drive.
Be sure to remove the drive from the computer by safely removing it in Windows using the "Safely Remove Hard ware and Eject Media" in the Windows Task bar.
You could damaged the hard drive if not done this way.

FireLite... | Answered on Mar 18, 2011

You could try this tool i use it for a Raid setup when i had one hard drive crash on me,


also use it in BIOS mode use the USP port to connect the Hardrive then use this tool to scan it in the BIOS to fix any Errors it has .

FireLite... | Answered on Jan 25, 2011

Along with the Firewire port, there should be a standard USB 2.0 port on your drive. In that case, any standard USB cable will do. If for some reason there isn't a USB 2.0 port (?), you can purchase
a USB/Firewire adapter for about $1.50 at Monoprice.

FireLite... | Answered on Jan 08, 2011

The time delay depends on the following factors:
  • Host controller hardware
  • Attached hubs
  • Attached devices
  • USB driver versions
  • Support for USB 2.0
  • Additional system hardware or configurations that may change the timing

Method 1: Initiate recognition of the USB device by using Device ManagerTo initiate recognition of the USB device by using Device Manager, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type Devmgmt.msc, and then click OK. The Device Manager window opens.
  2. Click to select your computer as the location for the scan.
  3. On the Action menu, click Scan for hardware changes.

    Windows XP recognizes the new device.
  4. Close the Device Manager window.
If this method resolves the issue, you are finished.
Method 2: Restart the computer To initiate recognition of the USB device, first unplug the USB device and restart the computer. Then, wait five to ten seconds before you plug the USB device into the computer or hub. Windows XP recognizes the new device.

If this method does not resolve the issue, you might want to review the articles in the "Similar Problems and Solutions" section, or contact Support. For information about how to contact Support, visit the following Microsoft Web site: http://support.microsoft.com/contactus (http://support.microsoft.com/contactus)

FireLite... | Answered on Dec 22, 2010


Have a look at the link below, it should be of help.

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Please feel free to let me know of you have any further questions.

Kind regards

FireLite... | Answered on Dec 08, 2010

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.

There exist commercial "data recovery" services that can try to repair your device, just long-enough to rescue and copy your files. For example, see: https://services.seagate.com/index.aspx?lng=en-US for a "no data - no charge" guarantee.

FireLite... | Answered on Nov 18, 2010

First make sure usb cable connected to harddrive is working fine. try it in different usb ports. Press windows key +R key so you can see run then type in run "devmgmt.msc" then press ok so you can see device manager uninstall all usb drivers then it automatic install usb drivers. then check. Also you need to change registry for that type in run "regedit" then press ok then you can see registry editor then locate below key. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11 CE-BFC1-08002BE10318} And remove upper filter and lower filter.Then restart computer then check. Try your harddrive in different computer if it is not recognized on another computer too then your harddrive has internal issue.
Let me know if you need further assistance. Thanks for using FixYa

FireLite... | Answered on Oct 30, 2010

If it is the pins on the exterior of the enclosure that are damaged, you can buy a new "empty" enclosure, and "transplant" your disk-drive from the old enclosure to the new enclosure.
Costs about $30 for the new enclosure.

FireLite... | Answered on Oct 07, 2010

Many outlets carry USB cords: Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Pamida, Costco, Radio Shack, etc. Take the old cord with you to match up the connector on the drive end.

FireLite... | Answered on Aug 12, 2010

First go to this link and download the manual, and software. It explains everything very well. Basically it is very similar to a very big USB jump-drive, or flash drive, with more "bells and whistles"


Hope this helps. Any questions please contact me.


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FireLite... | Answered on Aug 08, 2010

If your Firelite SmartDisk was formatted for a PC, and you are using the Mac side of the G4 it won't. They use a different format scheme. Need to load Parallel, bootcamp, or another virtual PC program, and then Windows. Using that it will recognize it.

If you know another Mac user that is using both sides (Mac and Virtual PC) is a quick way to retrieve data to move it. Be careful reformatting the FireLite. There are some more complex ways. Hope that this helps.


PS: I use a 160GB FireLite on my G4, MacBook Pro as well as my Tower and notebook PCs.

FireLite... | Answered on Aug 08, 2010

Should wait a couple of minutes giving laptop a time to recognize the disk.

FireLite... | Answered on Aug 05, 2010

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