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A strange eSATA external drive problem

Discussion in 'Computers' started by cazman, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. cazman

    cazman Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I own a Dell Studio 1735, and a verbatim 1TB eSATA/USB external hard drive. When I connect the hard drive to my laptop via USB, my Windows PC and my Brothers OSX PC does not recognize the device using multiple cables. But when I connect the hard drive to my laptop with an eSATA cable I am able to read data fine off the hard drive, but when I try and write data to the hard drive my laptop sort of "ejects" the hard drive before the data write can finish.

    Small files can be transferred easily, but since I'm using the hard drive for TV shows and Films you can see my problem, I have yet to try another eSATA cable since reading data is fine so I'm assuming the cable is not the problem.

    I've looked on the Dell website and it looks like they dont have any eSATA specific drivers for Windows 7, would formatting the hard drive and trying again be of any use? I'm reluctant to do this because my data would not be able to get back on the external drive once I've transferred all of it to my main drive.

    Thanks in advance :)
     

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  2. ElasticNinja

    ElasticNinja Android Expert

    Can you test with another OS?
     
  3. cazman

    cazman Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    as in test the eSATA connection with another OS? I can try, but none of the OSX devices in my house have an eSATA port :S that'd take a while.
     
  4. ElasticNinja

    ElasticNinja Android Expert

    oh
    Could you test with a Ubuntu or Parted Magic live CD?
     
  5. momoceio

    momoceio Android Expert

    Try turning on write caching if you can...
     
  6. cazman

    cazman Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    write caching is already enabled, should i try and disable it?
     
  7. momoceio

    momoceio Android Expert

    Yeah, see what happens.
     
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