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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-31-2005, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Firewire hard drive

So I have a Western Digital 80 gb external firewire hard drive, why I bought firewire i'll never know, nothing but problems on a Windows XP comp. It is hardly ever read by windows, and sometimes works sometimes doesn't. I'm not asking how to fix it, because it is operational when i can get it to work. I am asking if there is a way to convert the input from the firewire drive into usb 2.0? any help is greatly appreciated thanks.
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Your best bet here would be to buy a new external case for your hard drive that supports USB2.0. They can be had fairly cheaply all over the web. You would need to open up your current external unit and remove the hard drive. Then install it into your new case.

One drawback with USB External drives is that you will have to use a power adapter to power the drive if it's a 3.5-inch form factor drive, which most are. The other would be a 2.5-inch, which are more rare, and more expensive than the 3.5. Most likely you have the 3.5", but be sure to check the paperwork for the drive, or look the model up online to find out for sure before you buy a new case.

Give eBay a try, or your local computer parts supplier (best buy, circuit city, etc.) eBay will most likely be cheapest...

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There is a recently released firewire fix for XP SP2. A little bit of searching on will find it.

Additionally, there are occasionally firmware issues with those cheap external USB and FireWire controllers. A little bit more research will find out if your particualar controller has upgradeable firmware and where to get it and how to apply it.
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I've got an external Firewire 2 drive case with an 80gb and a 120gb with an old Maxtor Firewire PCI card running on XP w/SP2. Never had a problem with the drives being read by the operating system even before SP2. It's either the Firewire bridge in the case or the PCI Firewire card in the PC that's causing your problems. If you don't already have USB 2.0 ports then you'd need to add a PCI USB 2.0 card along with buying the USB case. Otherwise your transfer rates will be very slow on USB 1.1 Ebay would be the cheapest. Also be carefull of what case you chose as the bridges in some are for Optical drives only. Some can handle either a hard drive or an optical drive. Also if you plan to put a larger hard drive in the case some older/cheaper cases won't support over 120gb drives. A lot of things to check for.

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