Hey you hard drive geeks.

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    Jul 29, 2011 12:46 AM GMT
    How come when I take a perfectly good SATA drive (with important data on it) and shove it in a brand spankin new docking station, it fucks up? It doesn't even know the drive is like over half full of stuff. Next time I hear someone say computers are getting smarter than us, I'm gonna tell that person s/he must not be very bright, then.

    Anyway, the docking station is a Thermaltake BlacX - P/N:ST0005U. The drive is a three month old WD 2TB SATA - WD20EARS. I send a message to tech support, but it'll be tomorrow before they get back to me, and I'm an impatient little bitch that wants his damn toys to work.

    Anyway, here's what it's doing:
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    Jul 29, 2011 1:24 AM GMT
    What is the drive formatted as? FAT32 (hope not), NTFS?
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    Jul 29, 2011 1:28 AM GMT
    I think some of the externals come preformatted as FAT32, especially WD drives.

    Is the HD doing the same on other computers?
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    Jul 29, 2011 1:40 AM GMT
    Trocks797 saidWhat is the drive formatted as? FAT32 (hope not), NTFS?
    NTFS

    carnut saidIs the HD doing the same on other computers?
    Worked fine in the original case. I only did this because the original case's circuit board has a broken connection (had it rigged up to work, but barely).
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    Jul 29, 2011 1:42 AM GMT
    So is this connected to the same computer, just in a different hard drive enclosure?
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    Jul 29, 2011 1:48 AM GMT
    a sure fire way to fix it would be to just plug it back in where you took it from, copy your data, and then put it into the external enclosure and just reformat it from there - but surely it's the enclosures problem.
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    Jul 29, 2011 1:48 AM GMT
    Trocks797 saidSo is this connected to the same computer, just in a different hard drive enclosure?
    Yeah.
    And I just put the original circuit board back on it (from the original case) and plugged it in...works fine. Then plugged it back into the docking station - nothing.
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    Jul 29, 2011 1:56 AM GMT
    The problem is the new enclosure has a problem transferring the data to the computer. Your computer sees "null" info- it knows there is space there, but can't see anything. Kinda like you looking in a car with tinted windows- there is obviously a car there, but you can't see what is inside. While I do think you could try reformatting the drive and going from there, part of me feels like that won't fix anything and it is unnecessary.

    However, at this point, you need to backup all that data. I think the problem is the Thermaltake BlacX is DOA. Given the exact same specs, your computer should have zero problems with the drive. Are you using the same type of connection to the computer like USB or eSATA?
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    Jul 29, 2011 2:12 AM GMT
    Yeah I'm kinda thinking it's DOA too. Backing up and formatting are not options for now. I'm working out of town and this IS my backup drive. The netbook won't hold everything.

    I'll probably end up taking the dock back and exchanging it (which is why I prefer buying in a store instead of online).
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    Jul 29, 2011 2:24 AM GMT
    not enough penis
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    Jul 29, 2011 2:30 AM GMT
    calibro saidnot enough penis
    You mean it was made in China? icon_eek.gif
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    Jul 29, 2011 3:44 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidBacking up and formatting are not options for now.


    That would be the worst idea I've ever heard. I wouldn't take their opinions into account, if they even had to ask if a 2tb drive could be formatted as FAT32.

    Check out the specs on the Thermaltake BlacX St0005U. "This versatile hard drive enclosure supports all 2.5-inch & 3.5-inch SATA HDDs up to 1TB."

    Your drive is not compatible with this piece of hardware. Try your best to return it, and but one that will hold a 2tb drive. Calibro was almost right; only you've got too much penis. Not having enough penis is not the problem here.
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    Jul 29, 2011 3:55 AM GMT
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    paulflexes saidBacking up and formatting are not options for now.


    That would be the worst idea I've ever heard. I wouldn't take their opinions into account, if they even had to ask if a 2tb drive could be formatted as FAT32.


    Dont know much about this stuff? 2GB is the FAT32 limit.

    Pyrotech saidCheck out the specs on the Thermaltake BlacX St0005U. "This versatile hard drive enclosure supports all 2.5-inch & 3.5-inch SATA HDDs up to 1TB."


    Wrong. Per newegg: "A designed enclosure from Thermaltake – the BlacX ST0005U -- offers convenience and high performance. Supports any 2.5” and 3.5” SATA hard drives up to 2TB, the ST0005U turns Serial ATA hard drive into an external USB 2.0-and-eSATA storage device."

    It even says that on Thermaltakes website.....


    Our comments were relevant, sir.

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    Jul 29, 2011 4:05 AM GMT
    Trocks797 saidDont know much about this stuff? 2GB is the FAT32 limit.


    $20 says you'll get problems trying to get a 2TB fat32 file system to read. Give it a shot; I've fixed plenty in the past couple of years. You've already suggested formatting the hard drive. With comments such as "Don't know much about this stuff?", this is the last time I'll address you about it.

    Trocks797 said
    Wrong. Per newegg: "A designed enclosure from Thermaltake – the BlacX ST0005U -- offers convenience and high performance. Supports any 2.5” and 3.5” SATA hard drives up to 2TB, the ST0005U turns Serial ATA hard drive into an external USB 2.0-and-eSATA storage device."


    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3829117&CatId=2785

    "Thermaltake’s BlacX storage offers eSATA + USB 2.0 transfer speeds (USB to 480Mbps, and eSATA up to 3Gbps), in a patented design that’s almost too cool for words. This versatile hard drive enclosure supports all 2.5-inch & 3.5-inch SATA HDDs up to 1TB. Other great features include hot-swap capability for rapid multi-HDD access and exchange, support for both Windows and Mac. Compact docking station design maximizes heat dissipation and exhaust. The Thermaltake Blac X is Windows Vista ready when you are!"

    Detailed Features

    Specifications

    Enclosure Interface:
    - eSATA
    - USB 2.0
    Transfer Rate:
    - eSATA: up to 3Gbps
    - USB 2.0: Up to 480Mbps
    HDD Compatible: SATA I, SATA II
    HDD Capacity: All 2.5” or 3.5” SATA HDD up to 1TB
    OS Compatible:
    - Windows 7 / Vista / XP / 2003 / 2000
    - Mac 10.3 and later
    Material: ABS Plastic
    Power Input: 100-240V / 50-60Hz / 1A
    Dimension:
    - 5.12 x 3.55 x 2.56 in. (L x W x H)
    - 130 x 90 x 65 mm (L x W x H)
    Accessory:
    - eSATA Cable
    - USB 2.0 Cable
    - Power Adaptor

    Ooh, look; packaging: (read that size limit closely)

    contentteller.php?ct=articles&action=fil

    ...

    I'd give the model a step up a try, Paul.
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    Jul 29, 2011 4:14 AM GMT
    Or get a mac icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 29, 2011 4:15 AM GMT
    Pyrotech said...blah blah blah yeah you're right...butt...

    Calibro was almost right; only you've got too much penis. Not having enough penis is not the problem here.
    It's still not enough penis - The external docky thingy ain't big enough for my big hard...drive. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 29, 2011 4:18 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Pyrotech said...blah blah blah yeah you're right...butt...

    Calibro was almost right; only you've got too much penis. Not having enough penis is not the problem here.
    It's still not enough penis - The external docky thingy ain't big enough for my big hard...drive. icon_biggrin.gif


    You need the Powerbottom model.
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    Jul 29, 2011 4:21 AM GMT
    Pyrotech said
    paulflexes said
    Pyrotech said...blah blah blah yeah you're right...butt...

    Calibro was almost right; only you've got too much penis. Not having enough penis is not the problem here.
    It's still not enough penis - The external docky thingy ain't big enough for my big hard...drive. icon_biggrin.gif


    You need the Powerbottom model.
    Well what are you waiting for? Plane tickets are cheap! icon_razz.gif
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    Jul 29, 2011 4:22 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Pyrotech said
    paulflexes said
    Pyrotech said...blah blah blah yeah you're right...butt...

    Calibro was almost right; only you've got too much penis. Not having enough penis is not the problem here.
    It's still not enough penis - The external docky thingy ain't big enough for my big hard...drive. icon_biggrin.gif


    You need the Powerbottom model.
    Well what are you waiting for? Plane tickets are cheap! icon_razz.gif


    icon_wink.gif Hey now, I'm not a ...

    eh, nevermind. Be there soon.
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    Jul 29, 2011 4:30 AM GMT
    Pyrotech said...
    eh, nevermind. Be there soon.
    Yay! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 29, 2011 4:38 AM GMT
    Did you try turning it off and back on? lol kidding.
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    Jul 29, 2011 4:52 AM GMT
    David2144 saidDid you try turning it off and back on? lol kidding.
    No, I hit it with a rock.
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    Jul 29, 2011 10:59 AM GMT
    I just looked again on my package. It DOES NOT give a maximum storage capacity.
    Then I checked the website. It says the maximum capacity is 2TB.
    http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?S=1268&ID=1731

    I know Thermaltake seems to be respected among a few people (actually bought it because of a reference from a friend); but I'm done with this company...taking it back today for a refund, and waiting till I get back to Miami where I can go to a REAL Best Buy that'll actually have more selection (this was the only one in the tiny industrial village of Savannah).
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    Jul 29, 2011 1:40 PM GMT
    Yep, their website does say 2tb. I checked on their site and on NewEgg, who both said 2tb. Then TigerDirect shows specs as 1tb, and that package image said 1. I searched around a few tech forums, where more people had problems getting it to recognize a 2tb file system, but results were mixed. The dock is recognizing your hard drive, and sees the size of it. It's not reading your file system. That tells us something. icon_wink.gif