Posts Tagged ‘Storage’

Drobo finally gets Firewire

July 8th, 2008 No comments

According to the Register, Data Robotics’ Drobo storage device has finally got something any serious storage device should’ve had from the start – Firewire, and its FW800 too. It finally makes sense to buy one of these.

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Replacing the Hard Drive in a LaCie d2

July 6th, 2008 3 comments

I have a couple of external firewire hard drives, including two LaCie d2 drives, one of which is a 160GB. Recently however, it started acting up: while being accessed it would click as though it had been powered down and not respond. The only way to recover from this was to cycle the power. It was not time related nor was it related to a particular part of the disk.

Realising that the drive was on its way out, I managed to move everything off the drive onto another before it died completely.

Then, rather than throwing it out, I opened up the case and found that the drive itself was a Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 (ATA) i.e. a standard PATA IDE 3.5″ Hard Drive. I did a bit of googling an decided to replace it with a 320GB drive. I bought a 320GB Western Digital WD3200AAKB Caviar SE16, 7200rpm, 16MB cache, 8.9ms drive from Scan for 44 quid, so I now have a replacement external drive with twice the capacity for only the cost of the hard drive.

Don’t forget to set the hard drive jumpers to be ‘Master’.

Inside the LaCie d2 case


Screws holding the Hard Drive in Place


Hard drive connectors
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