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Re: HELP: External 250G USB screwed with GParted

On Mon, 2008-01-21 at 16:16 +0800, Ed Greshko wrote:
> Craig White wrote:
> > On Mon, 2008-01-21 at 16:02 +1030, Tim wrote:
> >   
> >> Do you realise how stupid it is to even ask that?  How many hundreds of
> >> brands may be available for purchase?  How many different brands in
> >> different places that aren't available at the other places?  How many
> >> that are fine, but aren't mentioned by someone, so people won't buy
> >> them?  How many of the same product are sold by different labels?  How
> >> many of different products are sold under the same label?
> >>     
> > ----
> > I was hoping that you could name just one commercially available USB
> > cable that was not usable for USB 2.0
> >
> > Craig
> >   
> Somehow I can't imagine how unimportant that question is....  But, if 
> you want me to pick you up a few of them from the cheap computer swap 
> shops here in Taipei I'll get a few and send them to you.  While I'm at 
> it, I'll even get you some cheap CDs or DVDs that produce coasters 5-10% 
> of the time.
I've made my share of coasters but that is an entirely separate topic.

How I got to this particular issue was my own experience with an
external USB drive.

While experiencing problems with the drive, I called this particular
company's tech support and because they had already replaced the drive
once, I was speaking to the supervisor. While discussing the problem, I
told him that I was no longer certain that the USB cable that I was
using was the same cable supplied with the drive. The guy from tech
support told me that he was unconcerned and that if the cable appeared
to be undamaged, it in all likelihood wasn't the problem and that in his
view, all commercially available USB device cables (6 foot and less)
were suitable for using with their USB 2.0 drives.

I have seen nothing to disprove that statement, either from my own
experience nor even the anecdotal experience of others. Only Tim's
theories and Tim is long on theories.

I do not dispute the fact that you are capable of finding something
manufactured so cheaply as to be worthless but it would likely be
worthless for USB 1.1 too.


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