Slim external case

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#1

Anyone have a recommendation for a slim external hard drive case? I have a Sabrent case which works great on my ThinkPad, but doesn’t seem to work with about half the USB ports I plug it unto. My desktop with a Biostar board is one of those half. Every now and again it will work. Other times it will only show up, but not work or not show up at all. I tried updating USB drivers, Bios, chipset, etc. to no avail. I also have a USB card, doens’t work on that either. Thanks.


#2

I bought an Adaptec ACS100 (USB2.0 only) from bestbuy. Pretty expensive but I used my Reward Zone $$ for that. Same problem, sometime it works and sometimes not. My trick is:

  1. Always use “Safely Remove Hardware” to disconnect the drive
  2. Never manually unplug or poweroff the USB case before #1

If somehow XP won’t recognize, here’s my trick:

  1. Turn off the PC and the USB case
  2. Turn on both at the same time.
    Don’t know why but it always works for me.

#3

Thanks for the reply. I’m looking for an enclosure for 2.5" notebook hard drive. The one I have now is usb powered which is a feature I’d like to have, so the disc is always spinning while it is plugged in, even when I eject it from the system tray. There is no on/off switch. I’ve tried the reboot thing. It didn’t help when it is not seeing the drive. I could buy buy a pre-made one, but it seems silly to throw away the perfectly good hard drive I have now. If I could find a good case, I’d be willing to spend some money. Thanks.