Firewire to usb cable?

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  1. phatguy88

    phatguy88 OT Supporter

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    The usb port on my external harddrive broke off inside the unit. The only way to access the data is using the big firewire port. The only computer I have is a dell computer without the firewire. Is there anyway to backup the data before RMA? Is my only option to use a mac?
     
  2. 5Gen_Prelude

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    Remove the drive from the casing. Or buy a firewire card. Or find another computer that has firewire.
     
  3. phatguy88

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    Cannot remove drive, voids warranty. This is a laptop, so I dont think i can add a card. So my only option is to find someone with a mac?
     
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    If you have a laptop are you sure it doesn't have firewire built onboard, it can look considerably different from the connection you see on the drive, but many if not most modern laptops have it.
     
  6. deusexaethera

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    Yeah, laptop firewire ports are tiny little rectangles with a single indentation on one of the long sides.

    In any event, if you have a warranty, send that bitch back for repair. Tell them you'll kill them all if the drive comes back empty.
     
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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    Exactly, I know Mac fanboys love their firewire, but it's not just a Mac thing
     
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    That's funny, you won't get back your same drive, you'll get a totally different drive, no major drive manufacturer I know even offers data copying or return on RMA's.
     
  9. deusexaethera

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    Then fuck the warranty, break open the case, get out the drive, and put it in a nice Vantec enclosure instead. It's not a free solution, but neither is buying a Firewire cardbus card -- and the Vantec case costs less.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Yeah, good point. And with the diy, he probably winds up with a better case than what the drive came in.
     
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    Eh, its about the same price....

    Firewire PCMCIA card $15-$70 (I don't see any need for him to get the higher end ones though) and Vantec enclosures $19-$50 (newegg pricing)
     
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    It's not a bad solution, only negative is often the drive internally is a OEM drive with no manufacturer warranty so if the drive itself fails he could be SOL and unable to warranty it since he voided his warranty by taking it out of the original enclosure.

    With that said I tend to prefer to put my own drives in my own enclosures too just so I have control over all angles of it rather than buying predone models.
     
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    If you do buy a case make sure it is for the right drive type (IDE/SATA)
     
  14. deusexaethera

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    A warranty on a non-redundant hard drive is useless anyway; by the time you need the warranty, the data's gone, and the lost data is almost always worth far more than the hardware itself.

    I've got a WD MyBook sitting on my desk at work right now that I'm contemplating opening up so I can use the disk in an enclosure that doesn't suck.
     
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    Sure, but that doesn't mean you want to loose the data and buy another drive if you can loose the data and get a drive for free :)
     
  16. DaveyD

    DaveyD Fuck Ohio State, son

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    Shoulda just bought a drive and a case separately. 3-5 year warranty rather than 1 year.
     
  17. TheRider

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    Just so you know a few of the external drives on the market have warranties at 3-5 years too, the Seagate FreeAgent line for example have 5 year warranties and the Western Digital My Book Studio is also 5. WD My Book Pro, My Book Pro II, My Book World, My Book World II, My Book Home, My Book Office are all 3 year warranties also, but the lower end drives you are right are all 1 year. It's a sucky warranty for a drive at 1 year...
     
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    Not mine. The company bought it without consulting with me first.
     
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    yes but a 4-pin cable cannot xmit power... so you'll need to have a power adapter. (some enclosures require that anyway, even with 6-pin)
     
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    The external harddrive has a power adapter. plug that into the wall. IS that what you mean?
     
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    Depends on the likelihood of losing another batch of data if you use the same brand of drive. I wouldn't risk it.
     
  24. TheRider

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    You don't RMA drives when they fail, you just throw them out? I back up everything critical and have it stored on raid drives to bring with. Seems short sited to just toss drives rather than RMA them, but some people have more money than sense I suppose...
     
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    i usually toss drives and do not rma them... I don't trust the refurb crap they send back.
     

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