The DaisyCutter
External Storage Enclosure for
2.5” Hard Drives
User Manual
& Installation Guide
Copyright © 2000-2003 by Macpower Peripherals Ltd. - www.macpower.com.tw
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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CHAPTER 3 - SYSTEM SET UP
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CHAPTER 1 - INTRODUCTION
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CONNECTION TO YOUR COMPUTER
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BUS POWER OPERATION
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ICON KEY
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INSTALLATION ON A PC
THE DAISYCUTTER
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(MICROSOFT WINDOWS)
AVAILABLE INTERFACES
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WIN2000 OR WINXP WITH A USB OR FIREWIRE
FEATURES
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CONNECTION
OVER VOLTAGE PROTECTION (OVP)
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WIN2000 OR WINXP WITH A SERIAL ATA
LOW VOLTAGE DETECTION (LVD)
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CONNECTION
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INVERSE-POLARITY PROTECTION
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WIN98SE WITH A FIREWIRE CONNECTION
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AUTOMATIC DETECTION OF THE INTERFACE - 2 -
WIN98/SE WITH A USB CONNECTION
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LED INDICATOR (DOUBLE COLORED LED)
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UNPLUG PROCEDURE
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SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
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INSTALLATION ON A MACINTOSH
PC REQUIREMENTS
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(APPLE MAC OS)
MAC REQUIREMENTS
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MAC OS 9.X OR MAC OS 10.X WITH A FIREWIRE
PACKAGE CONTENTS
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OR USB CONNECTION
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MAC OS 10.2 OR 10.3 WITH A FIREWIRE 800 OR
CHAPTER 2 - INSTALLING THE HDD
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USB 2.0 CONNECTION
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UNPLUG PROCEDURE
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PREPARING THE ENCLOSURE
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PARTITIONING & FORMATTING
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HARD DRIVE ASSEMBLY
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PC RUNNING WIN98/SE OR WINME
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PC RUNNING WIN2000 OR WINXP
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MAC OS
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TECHNICAL QUESTIONS
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ABOUT THIS MANUAL
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Chapter 1 - Introduction
Icon Key
Throughout this manual you will see icons on the left margin
that denote either Notes or Special Remarks as outlined below:
General Notes and Tips
Remarks for PC users and Microsoft Windows OS
Remarks for Mac users and Apple Macintosh OS
The DaisyCutter
The powerful 'Daisy Cutter' provides cutting-edge technology
with maximum durability, flexibility and portability. Extra slim
design and aluminum casing, made for high performance at
your desktop as well as on the go.
Product Dimensions:
12.5cm x 7.5cm x 1.4cm
4.92” x 2.95” x 0.55”
Available Interfaces
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USB 2.0 High Speed
USB 2.0 High Speed plus Data Encryption
Firewire 1394a
Firewire 1394a & USB 2.0
Firewire 1394a & Firewire 800 & USB 2.0
Firewire 800 (1394b)
Serial ATA & USB 2.0
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Features
If the red LED is
blinking and not ON
permanently, there
is no problem with
your unit. This only
indicates the spin
up of your drive or a
temporary spike or
slump in the power
consumption and
does not harm your
drive or device at all.
The product can be
used normally.
If you see a
permanent shining
green and red LED,
add/use a power
adapter for
additional power
supply and try again.
Over Voltage Protection (OVP) with a limit of 10% before shut
down (max 30V). Protection for device or Hard Drive damage,
caused by sudden voltage spikes in the power supply and
wrong or faulty power adapter.
Indication: Green LED off, Red LED on
Low Voltage Detection (LVD) indicating insufficient power
supply. Add a power adapter! Other possible causes are either
a sudden voltage slump in the power supply or a faulty power
adapter.
Indication: Green LED on, Red LED on
Inverse-Polarity Protection to prevent any damage to the
device or Hard Drive caused by using a wrong adapter.
Correct: internal+, external-
Automatic Detection of the Interface for Combo Interface
Units, which means that there is no mechanical switch required.
The first cable detached will be the one used by the system
until unplugged. If a second cable is plugged in, it will not affect
the system at all and can be used as soon as the main cable is
unplugged.
LED indicator (double colored LED)
Features mentioned
in this manual may
vary between
different models.
Status ON, working normal
Status ON, low power (LVD)
Status ON, over voltage (OVP)
Status OFF (or faulty PCB/LED)
Green LED
ON
ON
OFF
OFF
Red LED
OFF
ON
ON
OFF
* Green LED flickers on data access
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System Requirements
PC Requirements
USB driver for
Win98/SE only
available for the
USB 2.0 and
1394a/USB2.0
version.
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Minimum Intel Processor II 350MHz, 64MB RAM
USB 1.1 equipped PC; WinME, Win2000, WinXP
USB 2.0 equipped PC; WinME, Win2000, WinXP
1394a equipped PC; Win98SE, WinME, Win2000, WinXP
1394b equipped PC; Win2000, WinXP
Serial ATA equipped PC; Win2000, WinXP
Mac Requirements
• Minimum Apple G3 processor (G4 for 1394b), 64MB RAM
• USB 1.1 equipped Mac; Mac OS 9.1, 9.2, 10.1.5, 10.2, 10.3
• USB 2.0 equipped Mac; Mac OS 10.2, 10.3
Mac OS 8.6 users
should use USB
extension 1.41 or
Firewire extension
2.6 and later, to be
able to use USB 1.1
or 1394a.
Package Content
may vary,
• 1394a equipped Mac; Mac OS 9.1, 9.2, 10.1.5, 10.2, 10.3
• 1394b equipped Mac; Mac OS 10.2, 10.3
• Serial ATA drives not supported on Mac OS!
Package Contents
• DaisyCutter
• Optional External Power Adapter
Input 100-240V, Output 5V/2A
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Carrying Case
Interface Cable
Screw Package and Screw Driver
Driver CD
(single USB 2.0 and 1394a/USB2.0 DaisyCutter only)
depending on
vendor & version.
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Chapter 2 - Installing the HDD
Preparing the Enclosure
Your unit might
come with an
installed hard drive.
Before opening
such an enclosure,
please read the
warranty and any
other notes from
your vendor
Remove the 2 screws for the back panel (not mounted if factory
new) and pull out the bridge board.
carefully before
doing so, as this
might void your
warranty.
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Hard Drive Assembly
The hard drive
jumper settings
should be master.
Connect the hard drive and mount the 4 screws on the back of
the bridge board. Slide it back into the enclosure but pay
special attention to the back of the board and do not use force.
Connect the interface cable and power adapter if required.
Be careful not to
damage any pins or
components.
Pay special
attention in
to this
part!
Please
be careful
this
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Chapter 3 - System Set Up
Connection to your Computer
4-pin Firewire ports,
Serial ATA and
PCMCIA cards are
non bus-powered!
You will have to use
an additional power
adapter!
A few tips on how to connect your external storage enclosure:
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Make sure your PCI Host Card is installed correctly
Double check that the Host Card driver is up to date
If required, update your Operating System or BIOS
Only one interface at the time can be used
Only one computer at the time can access the drive
To use one drive on several computers, it can be shared
through one computer on the network (1394 network,
company network)
• Firewire can be daisy chained
If you buy a spare
power adapter for
your working place
or at home, make
sure the output and
polarity is identical
with the power
adapter supplied!
• All devices in a daisy chain have to be switched on to
permit the hub/daisy chain function
• Do not cover the Enclosure and leave enough room around
it for the drive to cool down
• Do not expose the product to water or humid conditions
• If possible, arrange the cables so they do not cross each
other
• Always check for visible damage and defects of power and
interface cables before using it
• We recommend using the cables and adapter supplied with
your product
Most problems
occur due to driver
problems on the
Host Card side!
Bus Power Operation
Bus power is supported for devices with 6 and 9-pin Firewire
connectors, as well as USB. Your port on the host side has to
provide sufficient bus power to enable this function.
If the supplied bus power is limited or insufficient, an external
power adapter or additional USB/PS2 power cable is required.
To reduce the power consumption, you can use a shorter cable
(20-30cm) or choose a drive with lower RPM speed (4200RPM)
and lower power consumption (0.5A).
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Installation on a PC (Microsoft Windows)
Win2000 or WinXP with a USB or Firewire connection:
If the system
doesn’t recognize
the drive, turn on
the power first,
before connecting
the USB/Firewire
cable.
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Turn on your Computer and start Windows
Connect the DaisyCutter and turn it on
Let Windows search and install the driver automatically
Open “My Computer” to see your external hard drive **
Win2000 or WinXP with a Serial ATA connection:
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Turn on your Computer and start Windows
Connect the DaisyCutter and turn it on
Let Windows search and install the driver automatically
Open “My Computer” to see your external hard drive **
Win98 does not
support Firewire,
you need to
upgrade your OS to
Win98SE or higher.
Win98SE with a Firewire connection:
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Turn on your Computer and start Windows
Connect the DaisyCutter and turn it on
Let Windows search and install the driver automatically
Open “My Computer” to see your external hard drive **
Win98/SE with a USB connection:
The DaisyCutter
800+ does not
support Win98/SE,
you need to
upgrade your OS to
WinME or higher.
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Turn on your Computer and start Windows
Insert the driver CD into your CD-ROM
Connect the DaisyCutter and turn it on
Follow the onscreen instructions and install the drivers
Open “My Computer” to see your external hard drive **
Unplug Procedure:
For safe removal of
your drive and to
assure that no data
is lost, always
follow the unplug
procedure. If not, an
error message will
show up.
• Click on the taskbar icon for external hardware
• Choose your external hard drive and confirm to remove it
** For factory new drives and formatting, see “Partitioning &
Formatting”
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Installation on a Macintosh (Apple Mac OS)
If the system
doesn’t recognize
the drive, turn on
the power first,
before connecting
the USB/Firewire
cable.
Mac OS 9.x or Mac OS 10.x with a Firewire or USB
connection:
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Turn on your computer and start Mac OS
Connect the DaisyCutter and turn it on
No driver installation required
The external drive will mount and show up on your
desktop**
Mac OS 10.2 or 10.3 with a Firewire 800 or USB 2.0
connection:
For Mac OS 8.6,
the USB extension
has to be at least
v1.41.
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Turn on your computer and start Mac OS
Connect the DaisyCutter and turn it on
No driver installation required
The external drive will mount and show up on your
desktop**
Unplug Procedure:
• Drag the external hard drive icon into the trash bin
• Turn off your device
For Mac OS 8.6,
the Firewire
extension has to be
at least v2.6.
For save removal of
your drive and to
assure that no data
is lost, always
follow the unplug
procedure. If not, an
error message will
show up.
** For factory new drives and formatting, see “Partitioning &
Formatting”
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Partitioning & Formatting
You can choose to
create several
partitions but be
aware that if you
want to change this
at a later point, it’s
required to format
the drive again or
use 3rd party
software.
Be aware that this will destroy all your existing data on the drive,
so make sure you have a backup! This step is usually only
required the first time you install a factory new hard drive, if you
change the format or want to erase all data on your drive.
PC running Win98/SE or WinME:
MS-DOS command “fdisk” (press Enter to confirm)
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Type “fdisk” and press Enter
Select ”Y” and press Enter
Enter "5” to change the drive
Select the drive you want to format
Choose “1” and follow the onscreen instructions
Win98/SE and
WinME do not
recognize NTFS
formatted drives, so
if you want to use
your drive on those
platforms, we
recommend you to
use FAT32 instead.
If you use this
device to backup
your data using a
3rd party software
running MS-DOS,
we recommend you
to format the drive
using FAT32.
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PC running Win2000 or WinXP:
Disk Management Program
Mac OS does not
recognize NTFS
formatted drives, to
use your device on
both platforms, we
recommend you
using FAT32.
• Right click on “My Computer” and choose “Manage”
• Select “Disk Management”
• Choose the drive you want to format and right click on it for
further commands (Choose New Partition)
• Follow the Partition Wizard
If you use Win2000
or WinXP and
FAT32, the biggest
single partition you
can create will be
32GB. To create
larger partitions,
you need to use the
DOS command
under Win98SE or
WinME or change
to NTFS format.
If you can not see
the drive, make
sure the jumper
settings of your
hard drive are
correct, the drivers
are installed and the
power is turned on!
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Mac OS:
Mac OS9.2 and earlier, does not support creating partitions on
an external drive. To do that, you would need to purchase
additional 3rd party software. Initializing is no problem on all
If you want to use
your drive on a PC
running Microsoft
Windows as well as
on your Mac, we
recommend you to
use a PC to format
the drive. Choose
FAT32 when
formatting and do
Operating Systems.
For Mac OS X, use the Disk Utility to format and create
partitions on your external disk.
• Select “Disk Utilities” in the utilities folder
• Choose your external drive and format it according to your
requirement
not change
anything on the
partition or format
on your Mac,
otherwise the PC
will not be able to
recognize the drive
anymore.
If you can not see
the drive, make
sure the jumper
settings of your
hard drive are
correct, there are
no extension
conflicts and the
power is turned on!
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Technical Questions:
Please read your
warranty carefully,
as this may vary
between different
vendors!
For RMA and other questions, please contact your vendor or
check out their online support area!
About this Manual:
This manual covers all interfaces and combinations for the
DaisyCutter Enclosure. Images and descriptions might
therefore slightly vary between this manual and the actual
product you have.
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The information contained in this manual is believed to be accurate and reliable. Macpower Peripherals
Ltd. assumes no responsibility for any errors contained in this manual. Macpower Peripherals Ltd.
reserves the right to make changes in the specifications and/or design of the above mentioned product
without prior notice. The diagrams contained in this manual may also not fully represent the product that
you are using and are there for illustration purposes only. Macpower Peripherals Ltd. assumes no
responsibility for any differences between the product mentioned in this manual and the product you
may have.
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