1. avatar Niall Harden

    my iomega firewire hard drive is no longer on speaking terms with my macbook. i googled for the symptoms, and dr google suggested the problem lay with my mac's firewire socket - however i tried the remedy for that, to no avail.
    i tried the disk with someone else's computer - same deal. the disk spins up as usual, but won't be recognized. it's almost as if it has something to hide.

    should i chuck it in the bin and begin downloading music all over again? it's not like much of it was any good. still, there were 39.4 days of music there, apparently, and it'd be pretty tedious to have to rip it all again from my LPs, etc etc.

    any help greatly appreciated
  2. avatar Pete
    It's not uncommon for firewire connections to burn out from shorts caused when hotplugging external devices. I damaged an external DVDRW drive the same way. In that case I was able to open the casing up and take the drive out before installing it in a new external casing and that sorted it.

    If the drive is spinning up when you turn it on (I'm assuming it's an external power supply and not bus powering??) then you should be able to just remove the harddrive and place it in a new casing or just install it into a desktop. I'd be pretty hopeful that the contents of the drive are unharmed.
  3. avatar Niall Harden
    cheers, yeah, i'd spoken to a chap who said that sounded like a possibility - or even that the firewire connections had simply come loose inside the casing!

    now (retard alert): where to get a new case? how to do the transplant?

    DAMN my ignorance :-(
  4. avatar my-angel-rocks
    Try Maplin for a new case.

    For the transplant it shouldn't be more than
    Remove screws holding drive
    Pull drive out of old case
    Push drive into new case
    Replace screws holding drive

    If there are any leads to be attached, its really obvious where they go cos they can't go anywhere else.

    Usual warnings of don't touch anything circuit-esque
    Touch an earthed piece of metal before doing anything or wear an anti-static earthing strap

    I am not liable for any damage caused by following incoherent half-instructions typed at 1:22am
  5. avatar Niall Harden
    aye so
    both of those have been tried (thanks for the advice) and it looks like, spin as it might, my hard drive is dead, and with it three years of my digital music collection, including rare tracer amc / torgas valley reds music, and my only copies of some iden green / barry peak music and FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK
  6. avatar Niall Harden
    ah lord,
    i've lost my mp3 of philip larkin reading 'aubade', which was pretty special.

    i hate my hard drive

    edit: found it here: http://www2.wwnorton.com/college/english/nael/noa/audio_20.htm