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Re: HELP: External 250G USB screwed with GParted

Craig White wrote:
On Mon, 2008-01-21 at 15:22 -0500, Lamar Owen wrote:
On Monday 21 January 2008, Craig White wrote:
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.

There was a slip of paper in the box with my 80GB WD PassPort drive that warned to always use the supplied cable, and that the drive might not work with other cables, and to not use extensions. My own experience trying to use another cable, one that was the same length but had been supplied with a USB multi-card reader (SanDisk branded), indicated that this was in fact true, as the PassPort did not spin up with the SanDisk USB 2.0 cable, but would with the supplied WD cable.

Please see http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=1336&p_created=1112290978&p_sid=cVO3XkWi&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_lva=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9Mjk2LDI5NiZwX3Byb2RzPTAmcF9jYXRzPTAmcF9wdj0mcF9jdj0mcF9zZWFyY2hfdHlwZT1hbnN3ZXJzLnNlYXJjaF9mbmwmcF9wYWdlPTEmcF9zZWFyY2hfdGV4dD1zdXBwbGllZCBjYWJsZQ**&p_li=&p_topview=1 and http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=1297&p_created=1102368573&p_sid=cVO3XkWi&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_lva=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9Mjk2LDI5NiZwX3Byb2RzPTAmcF9jYXRzPTAmcF9wdj0mcF9jdj0mcF9zZWFyY2hfdHlwZT1hbnN3ZXJzLnNlYXJjaF9mbmwmcF9wYWdlPTEmcF9zZWFyY2hfdGV4dD1zdXBwbGllZCBjYWJsZQ**&p_li=&p_topview=1
the cable that they suggested not to use was a specific type of cable
that doesn't use normal shielding.

But thanks...you did find a cable that didn't work properly. What do you
suppose was the problem with the cable that didn't work properly?

Gee....are you saying "Tim was right"?

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