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Windows 7: 2.5" USB Enclosure Issues

06 May 2012   #11

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2

Could you address the three questions mentioned? It might help.

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06 May 2012   #12

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64

The issue you describe is power related. Please move the units to other usb ports. You need to find 2 usb 2.0 ports. You can also try using a powered usb 2.0 or 3.0 hub and this extra juice will make the drives stop chirping.
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07 May 2012   #13

Windows 7 Proffesional x64

A few more questions:

"Where exactly in the enclosures is the beeping coming from?"
I think from the enclosures because if I remove the hard drive from the enclosure it works fine
"Is there a built-in fan in them?"

"Can you get a few pictures of the enclosures, including the connections?"
Sure, give me a sec.

You mentioned "USB cable comes with 2 usb's, I tried to connect them both and still I heard beeping". Lots of external drive enclosures like that need dual USB connections since they are drawing all their power from USB alone. The fact that they work fine when you hook them to the USB connections on your monitor makes me wonder if they are just not getting enough juice when hooked to the ports on the MB/Case.

I seriously think that the power is an issue here as if I connect the USB Charger Lead (USB 5v) the beeping stops but drive doesn't work.
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07 May 2012   #14

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2

While you're getting your pictures, here's a little experiment:

Unplug your speakers and see if the beeping goes away.

It sounds like you're not sure if the beeping is coming from the enclosures or from the computer (via the speakers) itself. That ought to tell us which one it is. Windows has a built-in "be-beep / be-boop" sound it makes when you plug/unplug a removable drive. I have a failing USB keychain drive that keeps cycling through the plug/unplug sound when you plug it in because it can't quite identify the drive. It thinks something is there and tries to mount it (be-beep), then figures it isn't there after all and umounts it (be-boop). It does that over and over again. When I'm in the mood for techno music I just jam the keychain into the port and rock out.

Another experiment:

...if I connect the USB Charger Lead (USB 5v) the beeping stops but drive doesn't work...
Try plugging that connection in first, let the drive spin up, then plug the other connection in and see if that makes any difference. The order in which you attach data signal/power might matter.
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07 May 2012   #15

Windows 7 Proffesional x64

I tried some experiments, First I connected an AC Powered USB Hub, and the hard drive worked instantly. But when I connected it via eSATA I still heard beeping. BTW I don't have PC Speakers only headset and its coming from the enclosure.

I also tried an AC Adapter which takes usb ports, so I put the USB 5v in it and esata and it worked. So it's def a power issue.
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07 May 2012   #16

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

Well now it sounds like the enclosure is to blame. All that you've described should have enough voltage to drive the drive. Since I'm gathering your intent is to use an e-sata connection with these then you will need to source the optional power supply to add voltage to the drives.
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