LaCie Rugged portable hdd has S400, S800, usb2 & power usb ports.
I just got a LaCie Rugged portable external hdd and plugged it in via its supplied 1394 cable, first in my thinkpad, then in my Sony laptop. Neither recognized the drive. I then tried another 1394 cable w/ the Sony - nothing.
The LaCie portable doesn't have a power cord. It does have a usb power cable and if I plug in the usb power cable and then a usb cable the drive is recognized. I don't want the drive if the 1394 interface doesn't work, however.
Can one power the drive via the usb power cord but use the 1394 interface? Or does the failure to recognize the drive w/ just the 1394 cable mean that interface has a problem? I seem to remember that 1394 can pull power from the port, but I don't know how it compares to the power that can be pulled from a USB port
The drive wasn't recognized w/ just the USB cable either. It seems to require additional power via the USB power cable.
Also, the thinkpad has a sort of double USB port on one side. The top is regular USB port which I've used. The bottom is supposed to be for devices that require more power than supplied by a single USB port. The port is smaller than a regular USB port but it's not a mini USB port. Are there double usb cables for this type of double port?. Is this a proprietary ibm/lenovo port/cable or just something I haven't come across before?