I know my problem is not directly related to this forum, but I really don’t know where to ask, so I decided to ask for HELP here… PLEASE!!!
My problem is that my two external 2.5" HDDs enclosed in different USB2.0/FireWire boxes sometimes become disconnected from the system. It started to happend several months ago and I don’t see any consequence in this to happend. Nothing was changed in general. Nothing was added. Time period of this problem to happend is also variable. One hard drive box has several LEDs and they all still light but the drive simple don’t respond. The other box has only one LED that lights on when the drive is connected and flashes when you access the drive. With this drive when the problem happends the box’s LED simply turns off, what basicaly means there is no power to the drive. You can imagine the results, taking in account that I use one of these drives to store my Outlook emails, Miranda databases and other pretty important data.
I really hope someone might had the same problem and have any ideas about solution.
My system is Dual-AMD Athlon XP 2400 based on Tyan Tiger MPX-4M motherboard with 512 Mb RAM. The motherboard has only USB 1.1, so I use PCI Card to have USB 2.0 and FireWire. Actualy this card is 3 in 1, having on board USB 2.0, IEEE 1394 and ATA-100 RAID controllers. I use Windows XP SP1.
I should notice, that when I connect both boxes thru USB 2.0 on this PCI card - everything works fine, problem never appear. But the speeds are much slower, don’t know why.
Any ideas? Or maybe any more questions I didn’t answered to let you understand my problem?
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ANY HELP!!!
P.S. Here is the picture of my 3 in 1 PCI card: