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 Post subject: Tip: drive refuses to be imaged when connected internally
PostPosted: April 10th, 2009, 3:34 
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I had a few drives that didn't like to be imaged when connected directly to the controller. To make this more fun, I have an assortment of controllers. The drives would start imaging, hit a bad block, and stop the process.

When troubleshooting, that manifests itself as drive starts to scan OK in MHDD, hits a block, and then goes offline. A powercycle is then necessary to bring it back online. Skipping past that point scans the drive with no problems.

What I found is that I can often bypass that particular problem by connecting the patient drive through a USB adapter that is dumb enough to ignore the instruction to power down the drive. Several drives got imaged this way with no issues. Sometimes ignorance is pure bliss. :)

One such adapter is the Coolmax CD-350.


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