Review your favorite Linux distribution.
Go Back > Forums > Non-*NIX Forums > General
User Name
General This forum is for non-technical general discussion which can include both Linux and non-Linux topics. Have fun!


  Search this Thread
Old 08-10-2007, 10:39 PM   #1
Registered: May 2005
Distribution: Debian
Posts: 83
Blog Entries: 2

Rep: Reputation: 15
External Hard Drive Problem: anyone have experience with these?

I have a SATA hard drive that is in an external enclosure

When put into a regular computer it works fine. In the USB enclosure it shuts down.

I'll usually plug it in once. It will make that click sound that hard drives make when they shut down. I take out the USB plug, and plug it in again. It works fine for usually about 10mins, then shuts down again.

From now on taking the USB out and putting it in again may let it work for another minute or so, but usually it will do the "click" sound and shut down again the moment it starts reading.

I'm pretty sure it's not overheating, it doesn't get that hot and i've been able to get it REALLY hot while it's in a regular computer.

I've tried holding it down really well, in case it's a problem with it not being properly secured, but that doesn't work either.

Anyone in here have any better or worse experiences with these kinds of external hard drives?
Anyone have any suggestions for my problem?
Old 08-10-2007, 10:58 PM   #2
Senior Member
Registered: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,171

Rep: Reputation: 115Reputation: 115
Is the sata enclosure self powered? Sounds to me like a power problem.
Old 08-10-2007, 11:05 PM   #3
Registered: May 2005
Distribution: Debian
Posts: 83
Blog Entries: 2

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
Originally Posted by jiml8
Is the sata enclosure self powered? Sounds to me like a power problem.
yea, it draws power from a separate power plug, not through USB
Old 08-11-2007, 05:10 AM   #4
Senior Member
Registered: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,171

Rep: Reputation: 115Reputation: 115
If not power, then what does it say in your log after you plug the drive in? Should be in /var/log/messages or in /var/log/dmesg or both.
Old 08-11-2007, 09:59 PM   #5
Registered: Oct 2005
Location: Annapolis
Distribution: Ubuntu
Posts: 275

Rep: Reputation: 32
Me 2

Originally Posted by jiml8
Sounds to me like a power problem.
Sounds that way to me too.
Old 08-11-2007, 10:45 PM   #6
Senior Member
Registered: Mar 2003
Location: Following the white rabbit
Distribution: Slackware64 14.2 Solus
Posts: 2,264

Rep: Reputation: 51
I'm betting on a powering problem.
Old 08-24-2007, 05:21 AM   #7
LQ Newbie
Registered: Feb 2004
Posts: 22

Rep: Reputation: 15
I was searching for the same issue as you have.

I just bought a External USB SATA casing and put a 500Gb drive into it.
My plan was to use it as a combined portable storage, portable Ubuntu.

The problem I have is that in windows the drive functions perfectly, I can use it I had it connected for hours with no issue.

When I try to Install Ubuntu, it goes through the entire installation fine.
I then reboot and start booting up the drive, and it will freeze up on random, but the same thing happends everytime, the Harddrive indicator Light on the External Casing goes off, Well it is still spinning, but the Light on it indicates it has been shut down, then Ubuntu will hang. there is no way of getting it up and running again, If I power cycle the drive with the switch on the drive, the light will come back on, but Ubuntu is still frozen, unplug, replug does no difference, light stays off.
Only thing to do is to Power cycle Harddrive and Reset PC.

My drive is a combined USB2/Firewire800 drive.
And when I used it on My laptop with Kubuntu, it functioned fine for hours running on Firewire, I have no USB2 on that one.
Unfortunatly It can not boot from Firewire.

On my Desktop I have USB2, but the firewire is on soundcard and is therefore not available during boot.

I will try to install Ubuntu on the desktop PC and have it connected on USB2 while having Ubuntu running on another drive to see if I can reproduce your issue.

If it does the same it might be that there is a bug with External SATA drives on USB.

Will come back with my experience.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
External USB Hard Drive Problem amx Linux - Hardware 0 07-05-2007 07:49 PM
external hard drive - access problem bigjohn Linux - Hardware 1 12-24-2006 03:51 AM
mbr bootloader problem with external hard drive andaanma Linux - Software 4 10-25-2006 01:29 AM
external enclosure for an internal hard drive vs external USB hard drive powah Linux - Hardware 1 03-10-2006 09:03 AM
External hard drive problem anyone? ultimatenoob Linux - Newbie 2 11-08-2005 07:50 AM > Forums > Non-*NIX Forums > General

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:14 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration