I am trying to copy files off of my 160Gb external FW hard drive to either my desktop (Powermac G4 OSX 10.4.1) or to another Lacie HD. But it won't let me drag any files from it, anything I drag just bounces back. Ownership & Permissions in the "Get Info" on the drive says I can read and write. Any other solutions?
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Try to acces HD with paragon hard disk manager resque disk (you must boot from this cd). You have an option there to copy files. Backup all your files if you see them and format hard drive then copy all your data back. It works several times for me.
conect your harddisk to computer whch has windows xp. Then go to start emnu then type in run 'cmd"
then you can see command propmt. Then go to your external drive letter like f: then type 'chkdsk /r" then pres "y' then it fix error on hardisk. Aslo you can format it . Just take backup of data which you need then right clik on drive licon and format it.then it works fine.
I suggest an application called "Disk Warrior" it has always maintained high ratings among us Mac enthusiasts it has a hardware test function built into it and seems to be a little better at verify and repair functions than Disk Utilities which you can try also if you haven't yet. You may also consider trying a different firewire cable if you have one handy. Other than that a reformat should have put the disk back into an original state however the disk could have been damaged by not un-mounting it in rare mac cases. If you have the time you can also reformat the disk again although I would try the first two options first.
It's all about the interfaces.
The Quadra has four interfaces:
• FW 400
• FW 800
• USB 2.0
The triple has all but the eSATA interface listed above.
For doing video work you want a big drive with a fast interface. If you have eSATA available then that's the fastest. If you don't then you're just as well off to go with the triple interface. The FW 800 would be the next fastest, then the USB 2.0, then the FW 400.
Because of the way that data is transferred I believe that when doing video work you would be best served by the FW 400 instead of the USB 2.0 even though the USB is faster I don't believe it is a full duplex communication so the FW 400 is actually better for video.
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.
Simplest solution: back up the data on the drive and repartition it (which will wipe it). Otherwise it sounds like it could be a problem with the file tree or structure of the drive, the configuration files could be corrupt, some program could have stored temporary files in a hidden place that cannot be deleted without making the program delete them, etc. If you are on a mac, spotlight Disk Utility and use it to repartition. If you are on a PC use the search thing from the start menu and find a program called disk management (or something similar to that, you'll know it when you see it.) external drives are annoying. i kick mine into the wall periodically for good measure.
Try this site: http://sewelldirect.com/USBManualShareSwitch2To1.asp. Although you must purchase this "splitter", you can use the Hard drive on two different computers. CAREFUL! Make sure that only ONE computer is reading or writing to the same file at a time! If you have a crossover, the hard drive could crash!