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Is there any way i can use my desktop external Hard Drive on my laptop?

By mollyannrawr ·
I just bought an Iomega UltraMax with Firewire Hard Drive on eBay, not knowing it was a desktop hard drive. and i only have a laptop. i have an ACER Aspire laptop with Windows 7 on it. So is there anyway i can use the desktop hard drive for my laptop? maybe using special connections? or something. cause i really don't want to have to buy a whole new external hard drive.

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How is the external drive desktop-specific?

by seanferd In reply to Is there any way i can us ...

You mean, as advertised, "Desktop Hard Drive"? That just means it isn't made to be portable, is all. Not in the sense of "Desktop PC" as opposed to "Laptop".

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by mollyannrawr In reply to How is the external drive ...

So that leads to another question. Once i Hook my hardrive up to my laptop can once everything is synced over can i unplug it and take it with me? or is that only for portable external hard drives?

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If I understand your question correctly

by OH Smeg In reply to Is there any way i can us ...

You have bought a Firewire only External Drive and do not have a Firewire connection on your NB is that correct?

Depending on which version of an Aspire you have you may be able to buy a Firewire PCMCIA or similar Card to use a Firewire External HDD. You would have to look at the specification of your Aspire and see if it has a Cardbus or PCMCIA socket, if it doesn't then no there is no adapter for a Firewire to USB.

However depending on the drive inside the enclosure you may be able to remove it from that enclosure and plug it into a suitable USB Enclosure.

As this was specifically made for Apple Mac's you'll need to format the HDD to be usable with a Windows OS and just use the USB or ESATA Connection on the external drive. Remember to use the supplied Power Pack as these drives work with 12 V DC not the 5 V DC supplied from the USB Port.

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by justinrichardson In reply to If I understand your ques ...

I believe that drive has a USB connection also. In fact, it is very rare to have an external drive that doesn't have USB, even if it has Firewire. Plug it into your laptop the same way you would connect it to your desktop, using a USB cable. An external drive is an external drive, regardless of physical size.

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by mollyannrawr In reply to If I understand your ques ...

Ok WOW!. i didnt understand any of what u just said. i have the Iomega

Iomega UltraMax Desktop Hard Drive, eSATA / FireWire 800 / FireWire 400 / USB 2.0

so idk what that means. but ya its supposed to work even if u dont have firewire

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by mollyannrawr In reply to If I understand your ques ...

hey i got it to work the only cords i really needed to plug in were the USB and the power adapter. there is 2 extra cords for Firewire and IEEE 1394 cable. both for Firewire. but i just used the USB cable for now. until i get Firewire on my laptop.

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An External Drive is an External drive

by justinrichardson In reply to Is there any way i can us ...

I believe that drive has a USB connection also. In fact, it is very rare to have an external drive that doesn't have USB, even if it has Firewire. Plug it into your laptop the same way you would connect it to your desktop, using a USB cable. An external drive is an external drive, regardless of physical size.

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This unit is supposed to have

by OH Smeg In reply to Is there any way i can us ...

A Firewire. ESATA and USB Sockets on it which can be used.

However as this drive was made for Apple Computers it comes formatted as a Apple HDD not a PC HDD. What you need to do is open Drive Management in your OS and format the drive after you connect with either USB or ESATA cables. Whichever you have available and remember to use the Power Pack.

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by mollyannrawr In reply to This unit is supposed to ...

Thank You :)

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by mollyannrawr In reply to This unit is supposed to ...

My disk format is FAT32 is that right?

It says the Partition is Healthy. And its Unallocated, whatever that means. really i just need to know if i need to format it. OR change the format type to something else like NTFS? OR exFAT?

and if i do need to format it. i need to know how to do that and what allocation size to use and if i should just use the default settings or not

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