Jump to content


 


Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com
Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. Using the site is easy and fun. As a guest, you can browse and view the various discussions in the forums, but can not create a new topic or reply to an existing one unless you are logged in. Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site.


Click here to Register a free account now! or read our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

Photo

Unable To Connect Firewire Hard Drive To Laptop; Help?


  • Please log in to reply
3 replies to this topic

#1 Lanimilbus

Lanimilbus

  • Members
  • 59 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:04:17 PM

Posted 18 March 2007 - 05:23 PM

I recently got a LaCie FireWire 100GB+ external hard drive so that I could back some of my files up and free up some space on my computer, but after opening it, connecting the power supply and turning it on, I realized that the cable that connects the hard drive to the computer won't fit in any of the ports on my laptop. I thought all I needed was a USB connection to make it work, but apparently not, since it won't fit in any of the USB ports. According to the manual, the cable that comes with the hard drive is a "FireWire 6-pin to 6-pin cable." Both ends of the cable are identical, and while they fit into the port on the hard drive, they don't even come close to fitting any of the ports anywhere on my laptop, no matter what angle I try to plug it in at. My laptop is a HP Pavillion zv6000, if that helps.
So, my question is, is there some kind of 6-pin-to-USB adapter I could buy, or any other part, cable or accessory that I could purchase that would successfully get the hard drive to work with my laptop? I searched google and various other sites but didn't really come across any clear matches, which makes me think that it can't be done, but I just wanted to check here first to make sure that there's not something I can do before I give up completely and return the hard drive.
Thanks in advance for any help,

-Alec

BC AdBot (Login to Remove)

 


#2 JohnWho

JohnWho

    Who was running the store?


  • Members
  • 2,611 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Tampa Bay Area, Florida, USA
  • Local time:04:17 PM

Posted 18 March 2007 - 05:37 PM

If your laptop has a PC card slot, you can buy a PC card firewire adapter.

That might solve your problem. Some even have extra USB ports.


I know you think you understand what you thought I said,
but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant!


#3 Lanimilbus

Lanimilbus
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 59 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:04:17 PM

Posted 18 March 2007 - 06:34 PM

I checked on PC card firewire adapters, and they do look like what it is that I need, but they're all $75 and up, which is way more than I'm willing to pay for a simple adapter, especially since the actual hard drive itself cost $95.
Is there any other way to make it work, or any other adapter I could buy that's cheaper (say, in the under-20-dollars range?)?

#4 HaroldB

HaroldB

  • Members
  • 6 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:03:17 PM

Posted 25 March 2007 - 12:37 AM

http://www.cyberguys.com/templates/searchd...?productID=4617

This should do the trick for ya, $40 but might be about the lest expensive.. sorry...




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users