I have had come my way a 2.5 inch external HDD that would not load onto the owners laptop or desk top. When I plugged it to my desktop -USB only[drawing USB 5v] it is a no go situation. Stripped out the drive and connected it via an IDE/USB cable,with an external power supply and the drive works fine. Conclusion- dud Caddie. Purchased another caddie[as before another make self powered] No Go Made sure all other USB devices were inactive on host machine Still no go.
The things are so easy to wreck by injudicious plugging and unplugging of the USB port. They must ONLY be removed via the "Safely Remove Hardware" facility that is in the Sys tray otherwise you end up in a situation like you have now.
Woody Right there in slave/master option with a 2.5 drive - Guess they are made for lappies and PVRs and the assumption is one machine one drive. Spark6 Spins OK in the external powered situtation when on the IDE/USB cable but go run when in caddies using the Puters 5v- so perhap that is it. There does not seem to be an external pwered caddie about from what I can see o the various web sites.
€dstowe Well aware to the correct eject proceedure of external drives
I've got such a caddy,it has provision for an external 5v source,it does n't work solely from usb power despite being provided with a"twin usb lead" which draws power from TWO usb ports to some up if it has provision for an external power supply buy and use it