IceCube | Pleiades
External Storage Enclosure for
3.5” Hard Drive
User Manual
& Installation Guide
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1
CHAPTER 3
INTRODUCTION
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SYSTEM SET UP
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ICON KEY
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CONNECTION TO YOUR COMPUTER
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THE ICECUBE PLEIADES
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INSTALLATION ON A PC
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AVAILABLE INTERFACES
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WIN2000 OR WINXP WITH A USB OR FIREWIRE
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
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CONNECTION
PC REQUIREMENTS
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WIN2000 OR WINXP WITH A SERIAL ATA
MAC REQUIREMENTS
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CONNECTION
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PACKAGE CONTENTS
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WIN98SE WITH A FIREWIRE CONNECTION
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WIN98/SE WITH A USB CONNECTION
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UNPLUG PROCEDURE
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INSTALLATION ON A MACINTOSH
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CHAPTER 2
INSTALLING THE HARD DRIVE
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MAC OS 9.X OR MAC OS 10.X WITH A FIREWIRE
PREPARING THE ENCLOSURE
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OR USB CONNECTION
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HARD DRIVE ASSEMBLY
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MAC OS 10.2 OR 10.3 WITH A FIREWIRE 800 OR
USB 2.0 CONNECTION
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UNPLUG PROCEDURE
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PARTITIONING & FORMATTING
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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 IceCube Pleiades
The External Storage Enclosure “IceCube Pleiades” is made of
high quality aluminum, excellent for heat-dissipation. Available
with various types of interfaces, this is the perfect solution for
additional external storage, data backup as well as for
transferring data between computers and platforms.
Product Dimensions:
23.0cm x 14.0 cm x 5.0 cm
9.05” x 5.50” x 1.95”
Available Interfaces
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USB 2.0 High Speed
Firewire 1394a
Firewire 1394a & USB 2.0
Firewire 1394a & Firewire 800 & USB 2.0
Firewire 800 (1394b)
• Serial ATA (For Serial ATA Hard Drive!)
System Requirements
PC Requirements
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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
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.
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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
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
Package Contents
Package Content
may vary,
depending on
vendor & version.
• IceCube Pleiades
• External Power Adapter;
Input 100-240V, Output 12V/2A, 5V-2A
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Power Cord
Interface Cable
Aluminum Stand
Driver CD (USB only)
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Chapter 2 Installing the Hard Drive
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 4 screws on the bottom, slide the case off the
body, remove the screws for the top cover and open up the
case.
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 or
factory default.
Connect the ATA cable and the power line to your hard drive.
Install the hard drive and fasten the screws. Align the top cover
with the body and fasten the screws, before you slide it back
into the casing. Fasten the 4 screws on the bottom and
connect your power adapter and interface cable.
Be careful not to
damage any cables
or components and
double check the
connection between
the cables, the
bridge board and
your hard drive
before you close up
the case.
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Chapter 3 System Set Up
Connection to your Computer
Most problems
occur due to driver
problems on the
Host Card side!
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!
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
• 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
Make sure not to
insert the Firewire
6-pin connector the
wrong way around,
or you will damage
the device!
• We recommend using the cables and adapter supplied with
your product
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Installation on a PC
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 IceCube Pleiades 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 IceCube Pleiades and turn it on
Let Windows search and install the driver automatically
Open “My Computer” to see your external hard drive **
Win98SE with a Firewire connection:
Win98 does not
support Firewire,
you need to
upgrade your OS to
Win98SE or higher.
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Turn on your Computer and start Windows
Connect the IceCube Pleiades 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:
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Turn on your Computer and start Windows
Insert the driver CD into your CD-ROM
Connect the IceCube Pleiades and turn it on
Follow the onscreen instructions and install the drivers
Open “My Computer” to see your external hard drive **
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.
Unplug Procedure:
• 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
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 IceCube Pleiades 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:
• Turn on your computer and start Mac OS
• Connect the IceCube Pleiades and turn it on
For Mac OS 8.6, the
USB extension has
to be at least v1.41.
• No driver installation required
• The external drive will mount and show up on your
desktop**
Unplug Procedure:
For Mac OS 8.6, the
Firewire extension
has to be at least
v2.6.
• Drag the external hard drive icon into the trash bin
• Turn off your device
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:
Mac OS does not
recognize NTFS
formatted drives, to
use your device on
both platforms, we
recommend you
using FAT32.
Disk Management Program
• 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:
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
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, connect the drive to the internal
IDE bus or upgrade to OS X. Initializing the drive can be done
on all Operating Systems.
For Mac OS X, use the Disk Utility to format and create
partitions on your external disk.
• Select “Disk Utility” 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
IceCube Pleiades Enclosure. Images and descriptions might
therefore slightly vary between this manual and the actual
product you have.
© Copyright 2005 by Macpower & Tytech Technology Co., LTD. all Rights Reserved
The information contained in this manual is believed to be accurate and reliable. Macpower & Tytech
Technology assumes no responsibility for any errors contained in this manual. Macpower & Tytech
Technology reserves the right to make changes in the specifications and/or design of this 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 & Tytech Technology assumes no responsibility
for any differences between the product mentioned in this manual and the product you may have.
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