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USER MANUAL
HARD DRIVE DOCK
EXTERNAL DOCKING STATION / 2.5" & 3.5" SATA / USB 2.0 / eSATA
Rev. 902
Freecom HD Dock
Dear user,
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welcome to the installation of your Freecom HD Dock. Before installing the drive, please
read through the following points regarding its compatibility with your system.
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Contents of the box
Please check the contents of the box; the following items should be included:
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Freecom HD Dock
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USB 2.0 cable
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eSATA cable
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External power supply (DC12V/2A)
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Manual on CD
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Quick Install Guide
Warning !
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purposes and may be trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective companies.
This device was designed for home or office use.
Warning! This device is equipment complying with EN55022 class A. This equipment can
cause radio disturbances in a residential area. If this is the case, the user has to take appropriate measures and assume all responsibility and costs for. It may not be used near
or with any life-sustaining systems.
Freecom cannot be made liable for any damages, loss of data or damage following thereof
-whatsoever (including, without limitation, damages for loss of business profits, business
interruption, loss of business information, or other pecuniary loss) arising out of the use
of or inability to use this Freecom product, even if Freecom has been advised of the possibility of such damages.
We reserve the right to upgrade our products in keeping with technological advances.
Table of Contents
User manual
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General information............................................................................................................ Page 4
Chapter 1:
Start Up the HD Dock.......................................................................................................... Page 6
Chapter 2:
Ejecting the HD from the Dock........................................................................................ Page 7
Chapter 3:
Partitioning your HD............................................................................................................ Page 8
Chapter 4:
Trouble shooting - FAQ....................................................................................................... Page 17
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Freecom HD Dock
General information
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The following hardware and software requirements must be fulfilled to ensure troublefree operation.
System requirements
In order to use the Freecom HD Dock, following components are needed:
PC:
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Intel Pentium III / AMD Duron 900 MHz or higher
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256 MB RAM (Vista: 512 MB RAM) or higher
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Available USB 2.0 or USB 1.1 port*
or
Available eSATA port
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Internet connection for online warranty registration
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Operating system: Windows XP, Windows Vista
Mac:
• PowerPC G3/G4/G5, Mac Book Pro or Intel Mac
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256 MB RAM or higher
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Available USB 2.0 or USB 1.1 port*
or
Available eSATA port
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Internet connection for online warranty registration
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Operating system: Mac OS X v10.4 or higher
Environment
Operating temperatur: 5°C - 35°C.
Operating humidity: 5-90%, non-condensing
* To achieve optimal performance from the Freecom HD Dock your PC should be equipped with an USB 2.0
port.
General information
Precautionary Measures and General Notes
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Make sure the label side of the hard drive is ahead, and the hard drive connector is
downward before it is inserted. Otherwise, the hard drive can not be inserted.
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Do not eject the hard drive while it is working.
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Hold the hard drive with its front edge instead of the PCB at the bottom side.
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Hard drives are precise equipment. Read the user manual attached with the hard
drive before using.
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Do not put anything inside the product except 2.5" or 3.5" SATA I/II hard drives.
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Freecom warranty this product against defects of materials and workmanship under
normal use, Freecom cannot be made responsible for any damage caused by accident,
abuse, misuse etc, nor any hardware/software damage or data loss.
The surface temperature of hard drive may reach 50°C, please mind and
be careful, altough it is not hot enough to burn people.
Features
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Works under open space, no dissipating device for hard drive is needed.
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Supports 2.5" & 3.5" SATA I/II hard drive
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Supports USB 2.0 up to 480 Mbps, compatible with USB 1.1 up to 12 Mbps.
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Supports 1.5 Gbit/s or 3.0 Gbit/s SATA HDD
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Supports hot swaps
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Unique hard drive ejection apparatus
Specification
• Interface: USB 2.0/eSATA to SATA
• Speed: 480 Mbps (USB 2.0), 12 Mbps (USB 1.1)
• Material: Plastic/Metal
• Weight: 295 g
• Dimensions: 125 (L) x 80 (W) x 72 (H) mm
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Chapter 1: Start Up the HD Dock
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1.1 HDD installation for ." or ."
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1. Connect the cable of the power supply to the Freecom
HD Dock and the power supply itself to the socket.
2a. USB: Connect the USB cable to the USB port on the HD
Dock (for data transfer with USB).
or
2b. eSATA: Connect the eSATA cable to the eSATA port on
the HD Dock (for data transfer with eSATA).
3. Vertically insert the hard drive into the drive slot, make
sure the hard drive matches firmly with the connector
inside the dock.
4. Switch on the HD Dock.
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Ejecting the HD from the Dock
5. Partition and format your hard drive (if required). See
chapter 3 for further details.
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PC: Your hard drive appears in "My Computer" and can
be used now.
Mac: Your hard drive appears on the desktop and can be
used now.
1. LED
LEDon:
HD Dock switched on
LEDflashes:
Data transfer
Chapter : Ejecting the HD from the Dock
1. Switch off the power.
2. Press the button down.
3. Gently remove the hard drive off in vertical direction.
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Chapter 3: Partitioning your HD EN
3.1 General information
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Your hard drive must be partitioned and formatted before it can be used.
This chapter describes current limitations of most common file systems and instructions to enable you to adapt your hard drive to your needs.
3.2 File System features
Please refer to the tables below for an overview:
File systems supported by different operating systems
File system
FAT
FAT32
NTFS
HFS+
Windows XP / Vista
yes
yes
yes
no
Mac OS X
yes
yes
yes (only read)
yes
FAT
FAT32
NTFS
HFS+
4 GB*
32 GB
16 TB
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Mac OS X 10.1.x
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128 GB
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2 TB
Operating system
Maximum size of a partition
File system
Operating system
Windows XP / Vista
Mac OS X 10.2.x
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128 GB
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8 TB
Mac OS X 10.3.x
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( -> 128 GB)
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16 TB
Mac OS X 10.4.x
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( -> 128 GB)
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16 TB
Mac OS X 10.5.x
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( -> 128 GB)
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16 TB
* FAT partitions larger than 2 GB can only be administrated by Windows 2000 / XP / Vista.
Partitioning your HD
Example for different partitions with different file systems on one HD
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File system
Total size of HD
80 GB
NTFS
FAT32
60 GB
20 GB
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Note: On NTFS formatted hard disks data can only be written under Windows XP / Vista. Under Mac OS X data can only be read.
The example above is a good solution for Windows XP / Vista users who sometimes
exchange data with Macs.
For storing the data under Windows XP / Vista both partitions can be used. As the NTFS
file system can only be read by Mac data to be used on this operating system must be
stored on the FAT32 partition.
Please follow the steps below to adapt your hard drive for your needs.
3.3Partitioning your hard drive under Windows XP / Vista
3.3.1 Deleting a partition on the hard drive
1. Click with the right mouse button on the "My Computer" icon on your desktop.
2. Select the option "Manage".
3. Select the option "Storage" -> "Disk Management".
4. Choose your external hard drive and right-click on the partition.
5. Select "Delete Partition" and confirm by clicking on "Yes". The partition will be deleted now.
3.3.2 Creating a partition on the hard drive
The following steps will guide you through the process of creating partitions on your
hard drive. After this procedure your hard drive will be ready for use and it will be allocated a drive letter.
1. Click with the right mouse button on the "My Computer" icon on your desktop.
2. Select the option "Manage".
3. Select the option "Storage" -> "Disk Management".
4. Choose the hard disk which is "unallocated". Ensure that the entire drive is "unallocated".
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5. Click with the right mouse button on the "unallocated" area and select the option
"New Partition". The "New Partition Wizard" opens. Click on "Next".
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Partitioning your HD
6. Select "Primary partition" and click on "Next".
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7. Now you can adjust the size of your partition. Click on "Next" if only one partition is
to be created. See next chapter (Creating two or more partitions on the HD under
Windows XP / Vista) how to create more than one partition.
8. Assign a drive letter to your hard disk. Normally you can use the default options. Click
on "Next".
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9. Select the formatting option "Format this partition with the following settings". Choose
either "FAT32" or "NTFS", the "Allocation unit size" should remain on "Default". Finally
select "Perform a quick format" and click on "Next".
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10. Click on "Finish" to complete the partitioning of your hard drive. Your hard drive will
be formatted now and is ready-to-use afterwards.
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Partitioning your HD
3.3.3 Creating two or more partitions on the HD under Windows XP / Vista
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1. Repeat the steps from the previous chapter (Creating a partition on the hard drive
under Windows XP / Vista) for creating the first partition.
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2. Click with the right mouse button on the "My Computer" icon on your desktop.
3. Select the option "Manage".
4. Select the option "Storage" -> "Disk Management".
5. Right-click on the unallocated space of your hard drive and select the option "New
partition". The "New Partition Wizard" opens. Click on "Next".
6. Select "Extended partition" and click on "Next".
7. Now you can adjust the size of your partition. Enter the size and click on "Next".
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8. Click on "Finish" to create the "Extended partition". The unallocated space now
changed to "Free space".
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Partitioning your HD
9. Right-click on "Free Space" and select "New Logical Drive" (Windows 2000: "Create
Logical Drive"). The "New Partition Wizard" (Windows 2000: "Create Partition Wizard")
opens. Click on "Next".
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10. "Logical drive" is already selected. Click on "Next".
11. Specify the partition size and click on "Next".
12. Assign a drive letter and click on "Next".
13. Select the formatting option "Format this partition with the following settings".
Choose either "FAT32" or "NTFS", the "Allocation unit size" should remain on "Default".
Finally select "Perform a quick format" and click on "Next".
14. Click on "Finish" to complete partitioning. Your partition will be formatted now and
is ready-to-use.
Note: If you select NTFS as file system, the data of your HD Dock can be
read only under Mac OS X. There is no possibility to write data.
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3.4Partitioning your HD under Mac OS X
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1. Open the "Disk Utility". This can be found in "Applications" —> "Utilities".
2. Click on the tab "Partition".
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Here you can setup the partition settings and partition the drive according to your settings (e.g. Mac OS Extended). Detailed information how to use the Disk Utility can be
found in the help:
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Trouble shooting - FAQ
Chapter 4: Trouble shooting - FAQ
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If you still have problems getting your Freecom HD Dock to function properly despite
having installed it correctly, then please check the following items:
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What can I do when the hard drive does not work and there is cklicking noise arising
from it?
It means the power supply is not adequate enough to start the hard drive. Make sure
the power plug (power adaptor and cable) is inserted, and connect the USB or eSATA
cable to the counterpart ports.
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When I finished the hardware installation following the manual, the external device
failed to be detected by the system. Why?
Please check the hard drive, and format it if it is a new one.
If using eSATA to transfer,please check whether your motherboard supports hot swap.
If not, connect the Freecom HD Dock to the eSATA port on computer before starting it.
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WARRANTY
(valid in Europe/Turkey only)
We thank you for purchasing this Freecom product and hope you will enjoy using it.
In order to avoid unnecessary inconvenience on your part, we suggest reading the quick
install guide, instruction manual and any additional electronic and or printed manuals. When
problems occur we have a database with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on our Freecom
website (www.freecom.com), please check this site before you contact the helpdesk.
Your Guarantee
All Freecom products come with unlimited technical phone and web support. By this
Guarantee, Freecom warrants their products to be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period listed below from the date of its original purchase. If during this period
of guarantee the product proves defective due to improper materials or workmanship,
Freecom will, without charge for labour or parts, at its sole discretion, repair or replace the
product or its defective parts upon the terms and conditions set out below.
Conditions
This guarantee will be granted only when the original invoice or sales receipt (indicating
the date of purchase, product and serial number) is presented together with the defective
product and a Freecom RMA number received from the Freecom Website or given by a
Freecom Service Center. Freecom reserves the right to refuse the free-of-charge guarantee
services when the date of purchase of the product cannot be proven. This guarantee will
not apply if the RMA number is missing, the serial number on the product has been altered,
removed or made illegible.
This guarantee covers only the hardware components packaged with the product. This
guarantee covers none of the following: (a) any consumable supplied with the product, such
as media or batteries; (b) damage to or loss of any software programs, data or removable
storage media; (c) any damage resulting from adaptations, changes or adjustments, which
may have been made to the product, without the prior written consent of Freecom; (d) attempted repair by any party other than authorized by Freecom and (e) accidents, lightning,
water, fire or any other such cause beyond the reasonable control of Freecom.
With respect to all services provided, Freecom is not responsible for any damage to or loss
of any programs, data or other information stored on any media or any part of any product
serviced. Freecom is not liable for the consequence of business loss in case of system failure.
Be sure to exclude all parts not covered by this guarantee prior to returning the product to
Freecom. Freecom is not liable for any loss or damage to these items. If during the repair
of the product the contents of the hard drive are altered, deleted or in any way modified,
Freecom is not liable whatsoever.
Repair parts and replacement products will be provided on an exchange basis and will be
either new, equivalent to new or reconditioned. All replaced parts and products become
the property of Freecom The period of guarantee for any product or part repaired or replaced in warranty shall be the balance of the original guarantee. Repairs or replacements
on product or parts out of warranty carry 6 (six) months guarantee.
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