[ALUG] external HDD

Nev Young alug at nevilley.org.uk
Fri May 15 19:09:35 BST 2015

On 15/05/15 14:07, Anthony Anson wrote:
> On 15/05/15 14:02, Chris Walker wrote:
>> On Fri, 15 May 2015 13:43:25 +0100
>> Anthony Anson <tony.anson at girolle.co.uk> wrote:
>>> Just bought a portable hard drive enclosure and USB2 connection
>>> cable. The cable has two large USB connectors at one end - the second
>>> of which has a much shorter and skinnier cable; and a mini connector
>>> at the enclosure end.
>> That will be for power.
>>> My not-very-portable storage of similar type, but big, has only one
>>> USB connector per end of its cable.
>>> I infer from this that the only one of the connectors at the pooter
>>> end should be (need be?) plugged in?
>> I don't think so.
>>> The 500 GB HDD in the enclosure is SATA, as is the 160 GB one in the
>>> notebook. (because I had thought of installing things on the big one
>>> and puting it in the notebook...)
>>> Anyway, I can't poke it into life. I get the rude message:
>>> /Unable to mount location/
>>> and underneath that:
>>> /Can't mount file./
>>> Where is the fault? Hardware? Me?
>> Take your pick ;-)
>> Plug both connectors in, the power one first, wait a couple of seconds
>> and then plug in the USB data connector. Is it recognised now?
> That's easy - tried it the other day: exactly the same error tile.
Could it be that the SATA drive has not yet been formatted?
Does the enclosure have/need a power connector as well as the USB connector.


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