Me too, I had once a rattling hard drive, and it was written on, it
just went very well all the time, so no worries on that side.
For further testing, you might consider buying either an adapter piece
to connect the small hard drive to the standard IDE-cable of your home
computer or a second external drive enclosure that drives it through
usb. This might be useful anyways to be able to use the "old" drive,
else you'd to put it on the shelve.
Now you may check the things Glenn already listed, namely the
It may be not unusual for windows to take some time for reconising the
drive the first time you attach it to the system.
Furthermore, you should prepare to NOT get a drive letter unless you
format the drive for your needs. I dunno if nowadays new drives are
delivered formatted, and if, how they are formatted.
For your laptop: It might be that the BIOS of your laptop is simply
too old to recon such a hughe drive.
Try to get some information out of windows to localise the problem.
Things like the Event Log (Start->Run->eventvwr) may tell you WHAT and
WHY it could not be started.
Ah, and one more thing: If you got Usb1 AND Usb2-Port, I'd try it on
both each time.
I did not yet manage to get my external hdd-drive enclosure running on
the usb2-ports on my pc. (Connecting it to one of the slow USB1.1 work
just fine, but slow and with a windows-message saying "Hey dude, your
lame, connecting a hi-spee-usb-device to a non-hi-speed-port".
Connecting it to USB2 will show up the device in the device manager as
well with a yellow exclamation mark. It shows up in the Drive Manager
as well, but any further step (like writing Signature aso) kills the
drive so I have to reformat it through usb1.)
Hope one of these steps helps, Manuel
On Mon, 10 Jan 2005 20:31:19 -0800 (PST), Banzaitron I
> I just received my replacement HD for my stock Hitachi
> which died in my v2 recorder. It's the 80 gig fujitsu
> many have recommended. First thing when I opened the
> box, I noticed the drive sounds like the insides are
> shattered in a million pieces when you handle it. It
> sounds like an etch-a-sketch with broken glass inside
> of it. I then noticed on the drive that 'rattle noise
> is normal when handled'. WTF, I can't believe that!
> So I try to hook it up anyway. I slide in the drive,
> replace the battery and try and start it using F1 +
> usb mode to load up the default firmware (planning to
> format it with swisnife). After about a minute, it
> finally finds new hardware, but no drive letter
> appears. I go into the system control panel there is
> a yellow exclamation next to the usb masss storage
> device and it says the archos 'couldn't be started'.
> When starting with rockbox firmware, it just hangs
> forever with no red light activity. Does this mean
> the drive is toast? I can't believe my luck with
> thing. I tried hooking up the drive to an old laptop
> (266 p2) I have, but it reports that no disk is found
> in the bios. I'm not sure if that is proof of the
> drive being bad though (do all 2.5" drives work in all
> As a side note, is there a way to rule out the battery
> as the cause with a volt meter? I hooked up a
> voltmeter to each of the two cells and both read 4.2
> volts. I just want my mp3 player back before my trip
> to Mexico!!!!
> Thx in advance for any help.
Received on Tue Jan 11 08:23:24 2005