[rescue] External FireWire case

Thomas Gallaway rescue at port11.net
Sat Dec 20 18:08:38 CST 2003

I have exactly the same drive. It's a pile of crap. Since the day I got 
it about 2 years
ago it was nothing but trouble. Talking about random shutdowns of the 
drive causing
corruped filed and data loss. Of course i was too lazy and let the rma 
phase pass by
and now it's next to the trashcan too cause it's to unreliable. I do 
not know if it is just
the unit I have or if it is the entire series but I do not like them 

On Dec 5, 2003, at 9:28 AM, William Enestvedt wrote:

> So I sort of dumpster-dived an external FireWire case -- actually, it 
> was
> handed to me as junk -- and cracked the cover. The drive seems to spin 
> up
> happily, and when I swapped in an optical drive, it, too, opened its 
> tray to
> be fed a CD-ROM and spun that up to speed -- but nothing ever shows on 
> the Mac
> to which it's connected.
>    Does this sound like it's the FireWire bridge card that croaked? If 
> so, are
> these swappable? (The unit as a whole is out of warranty after what we 
> did to
> the case, though I plan to RMA the internal drive.)
>    The case was a Western Digital 80GB (Model number WD800B002-RNx, I
> believe), described on the WD web site at :
>         http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?DriveID=18
>    Last night I found a web site (URL now lost) that shows someone 
> modding old
> external SCSI cases to act as FireWire enclosures, and I'm intrigued: 
> I could
> either just replace the FireWire board in this case I have, or refit a 
> nice
> external (50-pin SCSI) case I have now...or both!
>    Does anyone have experience with this kind of project?
> - Will Enestvedt
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