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Thread: External Hard Drive Enclosure

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    External Hard Drive Enclosure

    I just bought these three things:

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...496&CatId=1204

    http://www.compusa.com/products/prod...pe=pi#moreinfo

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1118845061598

    If you noticed, I'm trying to put the second and third items into the first. I have this Acer Laptop

    http://global.acer.com/products/notebook/tm4150.htm

    and am wondering how I should go about setting the jumpers for each component since each manual gives me relatively different advice.

    On top of that, what is the Cable Select setting?

    Thanks

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    Are you sure that these drives are compatible with the enclosure ?

    Drive Enclosure specs state :

    Supports all your USB 2.0 external storage devices in one housing

    The drive you have specified are

    Ultra Series 200GB Hard Drive - Ultra ATA/133 interface

    Plextor 16x Internal Double-Layer DVD±RW/CD-RW - EIDE (ATAPI) interface

    Cable select setting on drives
    "Cable select is a setting on IDE devices such as hard drives and CDROM that allows the position of the drive on the cable to select whether the drive will act as master or slave"
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cable_select

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    If the HDD isn't compatible then I spent 60 for almost nothing. I think it is though because it came with the IDE cables (the 40 pin cables) as did the Burner.

    Should I just use Cable Select?
    Or set jumpers for each piece of hardware?
    And how will either of those options affect my laptop?

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    If the enclosure is compatible I would set the HDD as master and the DVD as the slave. The laptop should just see these as new drives, you may have to format and partition the hard drive to allow the OS to use it

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    I have to test it out first, but I've just connected everything.

    http://images.tigerdirect.ca/itemdet...14-out2-wg.jpg

    Here you can see that the necessary cables (audio, 40/80 pin (what's the difference), and power) are attached to the enclosure for the ODD. They're attached for the HDD as well, but you can't see them.

    Hopefully the software will run well and the drives will work.

    Thanks everyone

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    I just checked and the ODD drive has a 40 Pin cable. Both the HDD and ODD came with 80 Pin cables in the boxes, but I don't know how to connect those to the enclosure. I believe they are meant for computers since they have the blue motherboard connection.

    Thanks

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    Use the cables that come with the enclosure, use the one with the thin black cable and a green card attached for the HDD , the other grey cable is for the optical drive here is the link to where you can download the user guide

    http://www.inoi.com/English/DriverDownloads.asp

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    I have a friend that bought this one. LINK

    He was happy with it.
    Linux Mint Debian Edition

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    Yeah, for $100 that actually looks really nice. I've gotten mine to work though, no problems yet.

    Thanks

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