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Just ordered from Dell add on sales, a Lacie 250GB External HD. I have a Dim 8200 with firewire. Can anyone suggest any setup or installations tips? Will I need to format the hard drive? Thanks Phil
6/25/2004  |  (Forums)

...I'm a bit bamboozled. I know there have been a few posts of this nature, but anyway here goes... Just bought a 40 gig LaCie pocket drive for use with my Inspiron 8500. USB2 is set up and working fine, I can access the drive and it runs perfectly...
1/21/2004  |  (Forums)

Why buy an external drive from Dell? Cheaper virtually everywhere else.

It is very possible. Also note that it will be very slow on the 8200, because the USB is 1.1, not 2.0.

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Hi RZO, What's the model of your external drive? Does it have its own power supply or is it a "portable" type drive?

It can be upgraded - you will need a PCMCIA USB 2.0 card. However, the card will not power the drive, so you will need an external power supply for it.

I would suggest taking the hard drive out of the USB case and temporarily connecting it as an internal drive in the PC (make sure it's set for "Cable Select"). You can use a CD drives cable and power if you don't have an extra connector on the hard drive chain - again this is only temporary.

What I would do is remove all other storage devices aside from your hard drive and DVD drive. Then check disk management and try to assign a different drive letter, such as M. It may be necessary to do this in safe mode.

I have an I5000 and just got a LaCie, 250GB, FirewireHard drive. I hooked it up to my laptop via an Adaptec AFW-1430A Firewire PCMIA (?) card. I transferred...
3/24/2005  |  (Forums)

THE LATEST: well, i tested my hard drive on a friend's computer, and it FLIES. could it be something to do with the PCMIA Firewire Card? my friend thought that maybe going the card route might have something to do with it.

well, my firewire card is brand new and according to leo's calculations has a transfer rate, rated at 50MB/sec. any other thoughts on why it's not BLAZING with the data transfer speed? :( k.

thanks for that tip, although i found that software free to TRY, but then you have to buy it. on other thing i noticed... my firewire card has what looks like an AC power socket on it, might that have something to do with it's performance? it didn't come with a power cord.

Hmm i didnt know there was a FireWire 200. If your card is recent, then it should be a t least FireWire 400. Meaning 400 Mbits/s which is the same as 50 Mbytes/s. 1 byte = 8 bits.

where do i go to see what the actual transfer rate is to the hard drive?

by any chance are you using xp with sp2?

according to the ADAPTEC website (http://www.adaptec.com/worldwide/product/proddetail.html?sess=no&language=English+US&prodkey=AFW-1430&cat=Products) it says that the specific card i have can handle data transfer rates up to 50MB/sec!

I used a program called SISoftware Sandra Lite 2005. Search for it on google, it's free.

Oh yes, there was a Firewire 200. My old Sony C1 has it. It's quite slow, but perfectly useable.

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