How to identify the chipset in my external USB enclosure?

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#1

Is there any utility/diagnostic tool that can identify the chipset used in my external USB enclosure (without needing to dismantle it)? Thanks.


#2

OMG! I get to actually answer a question for Prince Princo Pepst! This is truly an honor, your highness! :bow: :flower:

Anyway, this isn’t always easy to do, because enclosure ports don’t necessarily identify themselves in a plain english fashion, but often rather with a code which refers to a manufacturer, model, or firmware revision. It’s also easier to do on a Mac than it is in Windows, because OS X’s system profiler seems to do a better job of reporting that kind of info than Windows hardware control panel.

I might be able to help if you can tell me exactly which brand and model of enclosure you have. A picture would be good, too.

Try one of the system information reporting tools on Windows, and see if they help identify it (if you can post here the info they give you about your USB ports and/or other USB-related info, I might be able to tell you what you have):

http://www.piriform.com/speccy

http://www.hwinfo.com/

http://www.sisoftware.net/

http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html


#3

Thanks for your reply.
I found out that my enclosure (or to be precious, USB to IDE/SATA adapter) uses a JMicron JM20337 chipset. Unfortunately, it does not work properly with my Plextor PX-760 drive.
Which chipsets are known to work with Plextor DVDR burners?


#4

I didn’t have but one of the identifying software listed above but Speccy. It didn’t Identify the enclosure only the drive in it. I didn’t have an empty one to try.
I also tried two other identifiers I use & neither of those identified the enclosure chipset either.
The one I have has the chipset DrageMester posted on below . I don’t have a Plextor drive. The one in my enclosure is a Samsung TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S222. It is working as expected.
It looks like it’s chipset would work with Plextor.
The most compatable are supposed to be the NEC ones.

[QUOTE=DrageMester;2146019]I don’t know if that enclosure uses a Prolific PL-2506 chipset, but if it does, you probably won’t be able to burn DVDs faster than 12x with your drive.
I haven’t tried any of my Pioneer drives in a PL-2506 enclosure, but I’m using two of them for Plextor drives.[/QUOTE]


#5

[QUOTE=pepst;2599769]Thanks for your reply.
I found out that my enclosure (or to be precious, USB to IDE/SATA adapter) uses a JMicron JM20337 chipset. Unfortunately, it does not work properly with my Plextor PX-760 drive.
Which chipsets are known to work with Plextor DVDR burners?[/QUOTE]

JMicron is mostly known for being a SATA-to-USB chipset maker, so their compatibility with IDE drives is a mystery.

Old school Sanyo-chipset Plextor drives should work with any of the standard IDE USB chipets, Cypress Semiconductor being the most well-known and compatible, but I’m sure that a Genesys Logic or NEC chipset will work as well.

Like I said, JMicron is not known for being an IDE chipset company – they built their reputation with SATA drives – so as long as you avoid them, you shouldn’t have any problems.