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My Mad Dog external hard drive does not show up as a drive. How do I get this to show so I can access my information.

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Connect it to a different computer, to see if the device is working at all.

If not, and if the Mad Dog is still under warranty, then exercise the warranty to get it repaired/replaced.

Otherwise, disassemble the casing, remove the disk-drive,
and connect the disk-drive as a "slave" disk-drive in a desktop computer, to see if the disk-drive is OK. This would imply that the USB-to-disk-drive interface inside the casing is the problem.

Posted on Aug 18, 2010

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Need manual for mad dog multimedia external wiring harnness


Unfortunately, Mad Dog Multimedia went out of business years ago, and no longer provide support services or documentation for any of their products.

Unless you can find another one of these external drive cases on a sale rack somewhere, or being sold used by an individual, your chances of finding the original manual are extremely slim.

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I have a Mad Dog Mulltimedia external usb floppy dsrive. It does not work on my windows 7 computer. Can you help me find a driver or whatever I need? Virginia Wilbur


Mad Dog is, unfortunately, out of business by all indications and there is no support available from them. I suspect that Windows 7 will not have a driver that is compatible with the enclosure's interface. Depending upon what brand/model of actual hard drive is inside the enclosure (Western Digital, Seagate, whatever) you may be able to dismantle the enclosure, remove the actual disk drive, and use it in another enclosure with an up-to-date interface. That is only a suggestion...it would require a certain amount of mechanical expertise and a good phillips screwdriver ;-)

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Ok again im missing the network cable for my mad dog external drive. but i do not know what it looks like please help


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

I’m happy to help further over the phone at https://www.6ya.com/expert/susan_42b401e0b1603d8a

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I need a cord for the mad dog multi media device so that possibly I can have this external hard drive accessed.


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.)

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My Mad Dog drive buzzes every half second and the light flickers with the buzz. I don't know what that means, do you?


this happens to my external drives if they are not getting enough power thru the usb sockets.
Usually the rear sockets on the backplate(desktop pc) have more power.
You can also use a y cable that has 2 sockets on one end to get power from 2 usb sockets

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The computer stopped recognizing the external drive


please check if it is a new external drive.
If it is new external drive, please format.
Note: all of the data would be lost on it.
How to format a newly brough hard drive:
http://www.xpmaximized.com/archives/xp-usb-hard-drive-format-.html

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I have a Mad Dog hard drive enclosure that I did have a Western Digital WD400 hard drive in. Now I need to recover some data from a Western Digital WD1600. The ribbin that connected to the hard drive is...


It would cost just as much to purchase a "SERILLEL" adapter as it would cost to purchase another "empty" external hard-drive case that has support for the newer-style 'SATA' hard-drive.

If you have a newer desktop-computer, you probably have an unused SATA port on your motherboard, and an unused SATA power-connector. Temporarily connect the SATA drive to your motherboard, and do the recovery.

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External hard drive not appearing on desktop


try start computer into windows now connect drive
now restart coputer leave drive connected when back in windows it should read it

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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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Mad Dog USB DVD-RW not recognized


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 have.

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