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    Did anyone else buy the 80GB portable hard drive from Zavvi/eBay?

    Morning all.

    I bought the above HDD from Zavvi when the deal was posted on here the second time (I missed the first one)

    I wanted to use it on my DVD player which has a USB port and my PS3.

    Anyways, though the first lot who ordered got a standard cable and USB3 port (or something like that LOL!) but most of the scond lot who ordered (myself included) got the USB2 model which has a y-shaped cable and needs to be plugged into 2 USB ports!

    My DVD player only has one USB port - and i turns out that the drive doesn't work with PS3s either - so the bl**dy thing is useless to me LOL!

    Soooooooo, do I have any grounds to complain to Zavvi about the drive they sent me or have they sold as was advertised. Tbh, I haven't a clue about computer thingies - I just needed a hard drive to put movies on and so I went and bought one LOL!

    Thanks in advance for any advice x x x

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    try and find a cable with only 1 usb might work

    User error.

    The Y cables are just to supply more power if needed. You just need the main USB plug plugged in and that should work fine. This is the one that most likely has the thicker cable connecting to it and the extra wire usually branches from this point.

    If not then try the other connector as one only carries power. If it still doesn't work (and most do fine with 1 even in PS3) then you might need 2 ports but it's quite rare to actually need both plugged in.

    How can you complain? It was advertised as USB 2.0!


    Edited by: "Foxy102" 15th Mar 2011

    Foxy102

    How can you complain? It was advertised as USB 2.0!



    USB 2.0 would just be the generation of USB/speed of it, not the actual amount of USB's need!

    ace101

    USB 2.0 would just be the generation of USB/speed of it, not the actual … USB 2.0 would just be the generation of USB/speed of it, not the actual amount of USB's need!



    Apologies, read it wrongly.

    It will need reformatting to FAT32 to work with the PS3 and DVD player,Dont worry about the Y cable you only need to use one plug,

    tonyg1962

    It will need reformatting to FAT32 to work with the PS3 and DVD … It will need reformatting to FAT32 to work with the PS3 and DVD player,Dont worry about the Y cable you only need to use one plug,



    ^ what he said

    Original Poster

    tonyg1962

    It will need reformatting to FAT32 to work with the PS3 and DVD … It will need reformatting to FAT32 to work with the PS3 and DVD player,Dont worry about the Y cable you only need to use one plug,



    Thank you will have a go, in the deals thread I asked for advice and was told to format the drive to NFTS(sp?) but that didn't do anything.

    When I plug the HDD into my DVD player as is it, it lights up and the disc sound like it's spinning but it doesn't recognise.

    I will report back later once I have done as above

    Original Poster

    dcx_badass

    USB3 is also backwards compatible, honestly it seems like you have no … USB3 is also backwards compatible, honestly it seems like you have no idea what you are talking about.


    I know that, thank you, that wasn't what I was saying - though I have actually stated in OP that I don't have a clue about computers! I was just saying that the first lot of people got a different model

    Original Poster

    I am having trouble formatting the drive to FAT32, apparently because it's over 32GB - can anyone recommend a program to use to do it or give me instructions, please?

    Thank yous x
    Edited by: "Mrs.Z" 15th Mar 2011

    Original Poster

    dcx_badass

    http://www.ridgecrop.demon.co.uk/guiformat.htm



    OMG thank you so much - that program has just done for me in 20 seconds what I have spent the last hour or two trying to do

    HDD now works on PS3, but with the DVD player it didn't work until I plugged the free USB cable into the mains plug USB adapter that is part of my iphone charger - oh well, it's a bit third world but it works LOL!

    The dvd player probably don't supply enough juice through the usb port, hence needing two.

    Perfectly normal, you would likely find the same with any drive. Many devices like you DVD don't conform to USB spec in terms of the amount of power they provide to the device hence why 2 USB connectors are provided, its nothing unusual and you haven't been done!

    Original Poster

    jah128

    Perfectly normal, you would likely find the same with any drive. Many … Perfectly normal, you would likely find the same with any drive. Many devices like you DVD don't conform to USB spec in terms of the amount of power they provide to the device hence why 2 USB connectors are provided, its nothing unusual and you haven't been done!



    No its fine I just thought that it wasn't going to work at all, at least now I have reformatted it to FAT32 and it at least works I will have to manage with an external power supply
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