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usb enclosure hack Answered

Current inventory: 2 Seagate ST340015A IDE hds (40 gb each) 1 Rosewill External usb 2 ide enclosure (pl2506 controller chipset) 1 40 conductor ide cable (mobo-slave-master) soldering iron/solder way, wayyy to much free time. OK, given the above items, is it possible to run both drives at the same time from the one enclosure? Fitting inside the enclosure is not an issue. So far, I have removed the original ide cable the came with the enclosure controller. And, installed my own ide cable. The only drive that is detected is the one jumpered as master, at either location on the cable(master vs slave). No matter what the other drive is jumpered as(slave, cable select), it is not detected. I tried setting both as master and neither are recognized. I have run out of ideas... suggestions would be great. And please dont suggest getting another enclosure. IM CHEAP!

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danman1453 (author)2008-10-14

The strangest thing happened when I got home from work this morning. The company that produced the enclosure actually emailed me back! They said "Thank you for contacting Rosewill. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. Could you please confirm us if the model RX35MV-U-BU SLV R that you were referring to. We have forwarded this issue to our related department to review. We will update you once we receive a response back from our colleague. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have more questions or concerns. " Strange? I thought so. A company actually willing to help a consumer hack their product.

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NachoMahma (author)2008-10-12

. Try setting everything to Cable Select (CS), instead of Master/Slave.

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danman1453 (author)NachoMahma2008-10-12

i tried that. as stated, all jumper and cable positions have been tried to no avail. I am looking at a chipset issue or an os issue possibly.

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NachoMahma (author)danman14532008-10-13

. Then my guess is that the hardware will only handle one drive.

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spiker (author)danman14532008-10-13

both slave? idk lol just havent seen it mentioned

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