Re: Hard Drive Diagnostics External USB Drive
FWIW, I built an external USB drive for use as a backup drive, I built it using a common kit ("I/O Magic", purchased at retail store "Staples"). For that device, all Windows XP administration tools (as well as all the SMART utilities I tried) and also the utilities in PCLinuxOS (fsck, fdisk, etc) all worked perfectly when the Maxtor hard disk that I built with began to fail.
Originally Posted by recluce
The USB layer was never a question for my device. I simply trusted that USB was acting as a serial data stream, communicating between 2 translator chips.
Your suggestion of removing the internal disk drive, although complex, is worthy; yet, my experience would suggest attempting diagnosis while still packaged as a factory assembled USB device.
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