Adaptec ACS-300
Combo eSATA/USB 2.0
Hard Disk Drive Enclosure
User’s Guide
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Limited 1-Year Hardware Warranty
1 Adaptec, Inc. (“Adaptec”) warrants to the purchaser of this product that it will be free from defects in material and
workmanship for a period of one (1) year from the date of purchase. If the product should become defective within
the warranty period, Adaptec, at its option, will repair or replace the product, or refund the purchaser’s purchase
price for the product, provided it is delivered at the purchaser’s expense to an authorized Adaptec service facility or
to Adaptec.
2 Repair or replacement parts or products will be furnished on an exchange basis and will either be new or
reconditioned. All replaced parts or products shall become the property of Adaptec. This warranty shall not apply if
the product has been damaged by accident, misuse, abuse or as a result of unauthorized service or parts.
3 Warranty service is available to the purchaser by delivering the product during the warranty period to an authorized
Adaptec service facility or to Adaptec and providing proof of purchase price and date. The purchaser shall bear all
shipping, packing and insurance costs and all other costs, excluding labor and parts, necessary to effectuate repair,
replacement or refund under this warranty.
4 For more information on how to obtain warranty service, write or telephone Adaptec at 691 South Milpitas
Boulevard, Milpitas, CA 95035, (800) 959-7274.
5 THIS LIMITED WARRANTY DOES NOT EXTEND TO ANY PRODUCT WHICH HAS BEEN DAMAGED AS A
RESULT OF ACCIDENT, MISUSE, ABUSE, OR AS A RESULT OF UNAUTHORIZED SERVICE OR PARTS.
6 THIS WARRANTY IS IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER EXPRESS WARRANTIES WHICH NOW OR HEREAFTER MIGHT
OTHERWISE ARISE RESPECT TO THIS PRODUCT. IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THOSE OF
MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT SHALL (A) HAVE
NO GREATER DURATION THAN 1 YEAR FROM THE DATE OF PURCHASE, (B) TERMINATE
AUTOMATICALLY AT THE EXPIRATION OF SUCH PERIOD AND (C) TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW
BE EXCLUDED. IN THE EVENT THIS PRODUCT BECOMES DEFECTIVE DURING THE WARRANTY PERIOD,
THE PURCHASER’S EXCLUSIVE REMEDY SHALL BE REPAIR, REPLACEMENT OR REFUND AS PROVIDED
ABOVE. INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION LOSS OF
DATA, ARISING FROM BREACH OF ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY ARE NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY
OF ADAPTEC AND, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, ARE HEREBY EXCLUDED BOTH FOR PROPERTY
DAMAGE, AND TO THE EXTENT NOT UNCONSCIONABLE, FOR PERSONAL INJURY DAMAGE.
7 SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL
DAMAGES FOR CONSUMER PRODUCTS, AND SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON HOW
LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO
YOU.
8 This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.
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Regulatory Compliance Statements
Federal Communications Commission Radio Frequency Interference Statement
WARNING: Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of
the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential
installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy, and if not installed and used in
accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. However, if this equipment does cause interference
to radio or television equipment reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
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Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
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Increase the separation between equipment and receiver.
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Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
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Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for help.
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Use a shielded and properly grounded I/O cable and power cable to ensure compliance of this unit to the
specified limits of the rules.
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device
may not cause harmful interference and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation.
ACS-300
European Union Compliance Statement
This Information Technology Equipment has been tested and found to comply with EMC Directive
89/336/EEC, as amended by 92/31/EEC and 93/68/EEC, in accordance with:
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EN55022 (1998) Emissions
EN55024 (1998) Immunity:
– EN61000-4-2 (1998) Electrostatic discharge: ±4 kV contact, ±8 kV air
– EN61000-4-3 (1998) Radiated immunity
– EN61000-4-4 (1995) Electrical fast transients/burst: ±1 kV AC, ±0.5 kV I/O
– EN61000-4-5 (1995) Surges ±1 kV differential mode, ±2 kV common mode
– EN61000-4-6 (1996) Conducted immunity: 3 V
– EN61000-4-11 (1994) Supply dips and variation: 30% and 100%
In addition, all equipment requiring U.L. listing has been found to comply with EMC Directive 73/23/EEC
as amended by 93/68/EEC in accordance with EN60950 with amendments A1, A2, A3, A4, A11.
Canadian Compliance Statement
This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference-Causing Equipment
Regulations.
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B respecte toutes les exigences du Règlement sur le matériel brouilleur
du Canada.
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In this Guide...
Kit Contents
System Requirements
Getting Started Checklist
Preparing the Disk Drive for Installation
Installing a Disk Drive
Installing the Device Driver–Windows 98SE Only
Connecting and Powering On
Preparing the Disk Drive for Use
Setting up Removable option – –Windows 98SE Only
Connecting and Disconnecting Your Enclosure
Troubleshooting
About USB Technology
About SATA Technology
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This User’s Guide explains how to install and connect your Adaptec
ACS-300 Combo eSATA/USB 2.0 Hard Disk Drive Enclosure, and
provides a brief overview of USB and SATA technology.
Kit Contents
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Adaptec ACS-300 Combo USB/eSATA Enclosure
One enclosure stand
One power adapter
One high-quality USB cable
One high-quality eSATA cable
One bag of screws
CD, including device drivers and documentation
A disk drive is not included in this kit. The Adaptec ACS-300 Combo
eSATA/USB 2.0 Enclosure supports 3.5-inch SATA I (1.5Gbps) and SATA II
(3.0Gbps) hard disk drives.
System Requirements
To successfully install and use your Adaptec ACS-300 enclosure, your computer
must meet these requirements:
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CD ROM drive
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For SATA interface:
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Microsoft Windows computers must be running Windows XP,
Windows 2000, Windows Me, or Windows 98SE
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Available eSATA port.
For USB interface:
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Microsoft Windows computers must be running Windows XP,
Windows 2000, Windows Me, or Windows 98SE
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Apple® Macintosh® computers must be running OS 9.2.2 or later for
USB 1.1 support, or OS 10.2.7 or later for USB 2.0 support
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Available USB 2.0 port.
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Getting Started Checklist
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Preparing the Disk Drive for Installation (see below)
Installing a Disk Drive (see below)
Installing the Device Driver–Windows 98SE Only
(see page 5)
Connecting and Powering On
(see page 6)
Preparing the Disk Drive for Use (see page 7)
Preparing the Disk Drive for Installation
The Adaptec ACS-300 enclosure supports 3.5-inch SATA I and SATA II hard disk
drives. Most of the SATA drives don’t have the jumper to set the Master, Slave, or
Cable Select like the ATA/IDE drive; however, if your hard disk does equip with
such jumper, please set it to Master or Device 0 mode (or equivalent) following the
instructions on your disk drive.
Installing a Disk Drive
Note: You need a Phillips screwdriver to complete this task.
To install a disk drive into your enclosure:
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Use a screwdriver to remove the two screws on the back of the enclosure.
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Remove the enclosure’s back panel, as shown below, and slide out the disk
drive tray.
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Place the disk drive into the tray and gently slide it forward into the SATA
connector.
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Use the four screws included in the kit to secure the drive.
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Slide the disk drive tray into the enclosure and replace the back panel, then
secure it with the screws you removed in Step 1 on page 3.
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Installing the Device Driver–Windows 98SE
Only
Note: Windows XP/2000/Me and Macintosh users—No driver
installation is required. Your Adaptec ACS-300 enclosure works with
the drivers built into your operating system.
This section describes how to install the USB 2.0 driver. The SATA interface will
use the build-in mass storage driver from the system.
Before you begin, ensure you have the most recent driver updates installed on your
computer. Refer to the Microsoft Web site at www.microsoft.com to download
updates.
You may need your Windows 98SE CD during this installation.
To install the device drivers:
1. Power on your computer, if you have not already done so.
2. Insert the Adaptec ACS-300 CD into your CD drive.
3. From the Windows Start menu, click Run, and then click Browse.
4. Browse to the CD drive, then double-click Setup.exe to begin the driver
installation.
5. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the USB 2.0 driver.
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Connecting and Powering On
Note: Windows 98SE users only—You must install the device
drivers before connecting and powering on the enclosure.
To connect the cables and power on:
1. Connect your enclosure to your computer using either the included USB
or eSATA cable:
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Connect the USB cable from the USB 2.0 port on the enclosure to a USB
2.0 port on your computer, or
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Connect the eSATA cable from the eSATA port on the enclosure to an
eSATA port on your computer.
Note: Do not connect both the USB 2.0 and eSATA cables.
2 Use the included power adapter to connect the enclosure to a grounded power
supply.
3 Power on the enclosure by pushing the on/off switch on the back of the
enclosure to the I position.
The LED on the front of the enclosure illuminates.
Note: The LED flashes when there’s activity on the disk drive.
You have successfully installed and connected your Adaptec ACS-300 enclosure.
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Preparing the Disk Drive for Use
If you have installed a new disk drive in your enclosure, you must prepare it for use
by initializing and formatting it, so that your computer can recognize and
communicate with it.
Caution: If you’ve used the disk drive previously and want to preserve the
data on it, do not initialize and format the disk drive or you’ll erase all the data
on it. Refer to your operating system documentation for more information.
The process of initializing and formatting a new disk drive differs by operating
system. Refer to your operating system documentation for instructions on
completing these tasks.
Note: For technical assistance with the initialization and formatting process,
please contact Microsoft (Windows users) or Apple (Macintosh users).
Setting up Removable option – Windows 98SE
Only
For some models of SATA hard disk, you may need to enable the “removable”
option in order for the system to detect the drive. If you don’t see your drive show
up in “My Computer”, please follow the steps below:
1. On your desktop, right-click My Computer, select Properties, then click the
Device Manager tab.
2. Expand the Disk Drive category. Select the hard drive installed in the
enclosure, and then right-click to select the Properties.
3. Click on the Setting tab and select Removable in the Option box.
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Continue to the Reserved Drive Letters box and select the same letter for the
Start & End Driver letter. 5.
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Connecting and Disconnecting Your Enclosure
Your Adaptec ACS-300 enclosure has one USB 2.0 and one eSATA port. It
supports hot-plugging which means you can connect and disconnect your
enclosure from the computer while running. However, Adaptec recommends that
you follow these instructions to gracefully disconnect your enclosure from your
computer.
Windows
To disconnect the enclosure:
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Ensure that all activity is stopped (no files are being transferred to or from the
computer).
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Click the icon 1 shown at right, located on your system tray in the
bottom right corner of your screen.
Note: Windows 98SE has a different but very similar icon as shown
at right. The steps to disconnect the device are alike.
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Highlight the drive (indicated by the driver letter) that you want to
disconnect then click on it.
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A message appears telling you that the device has been stopped. Click
OK.
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Power off the enclosure.
It is now safe to disconnect your enclosure.
Macintosh
Ensure that all activity is stopped (no files are being transferred to or from the
computer). To disconnect the enclosure, click on the icon for the disk drive and drag
it into the trash can. Then, power off the enclosure.
It is now safe to disconnect your enclosure.
1 Depending on your operating system, the wizard may be called the Safely Remove
Hardware wizard or the Unplug or Eject Hardware wizard.
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Troubleshooting
If you have problems installing or using your Adaptec ACS-300 enclosure, work
through this list of suggestions:
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Ensure that the disk drive has been properly installed.
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Try connecting the enclosure to your computer through a different USB port.
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Try connecting the enclosure to your computer through a different eSATA port.
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Try using a different USB or eSATA cable.
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Try connecting the enclosure to a different power source.
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If you are using Windows with a file system other than NTFS, and the file
system of the disk drive installed in the Adaptec ACS-300 is NTSF, Windows
may not recognize or be able to read from the disk drive.
See the Table below for compatibility information:
Operating System
File System
FAT16
FAT32
NTFS
ACS-300 Disk Drive
File System
FAT16
Compatibility
OK
FAT32 or NTFS
No
FAT16 or FAT32
OK
NTFS
No
FAT16 or FAT32 or NTFS
OK
For technical assistance initiating and formatting your disk drive, please
contact Microsoft (Windows users) or Apple Computer (Macintosh users).
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For Windows 98SE users —
If you connected and powered on your enclosure before you installed the
device drivers, your enclosure may not work properly. Follow the steps
below to fix it.
a. On your desktop, right-click My Computer, select Properties, then
click the Device Manager tab.
b. Expand the categories to find your enclosure, which will appear with a
yellow exclamation mark beside it. Select the enclosure, then click the
Remove button at the bottom of the window.
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Power off the enclosure and disconnect the USB or eSATA cable.
d. Complete the driver installation, following the instructions on page 5.
e. Reconnect the USB or eSATA cable and power on the
enclosure, following the instructions on page 6.
If you are using the SATA interface and you connected and powered on
your computer before you turn on the enclosure, your system may not
detect the enclosure with some SATA add-on card. To workaround the
issue, make sure the enclosure is powered on when starting up the
computer.
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If you don’t see the hard drive under “My Computer”, follow the instructions
on page 7 to enable the “Removable” option that may fix the issue.
About USB Technology
USB stands for Universal Serial Bus. It is the interface between your computer
and the USB devices you plug into it. Your computer communicates with USB
devices through the USB interface.
USB devices can be plugged into USB ports only, and must be supported by
USB drivers.
USB 1.1 devices operate at a maximum speed of 12 Mbps (Megabits per second);
USB 2.0 devices operate at a maximum speed of 480 Mbps.
About USB 2.0 Performance
Your Adaptec ACS-300 enclosure provides a USB 2.0 port. For it to operate at USB
2.0 speeds, it must be connected to a USB 2.0 port, and USB 2.0 drivers must be
installed on your computer.
If your computer does not have a built-in USB 2.0 port, Adaptec recommends
connecting the enclosure to an Adaptec USB 2.0 adapter for the highest-quality
USB 2.0 connection.
About SATA Technology
Serial ATA is the next-generation internal storage interconnect designed to replace
Ultra ATA technology. Serial ATA is the proactive evolution of the ATA interface
from a parallel bus to serial bus architecture. This architecture overcomes the
electrical constraints that are increasing the difficulty of continued speed
enhancements for the classic parallel ATA bus. Serial ATA was introduced at
150Mbytes/sec, with a roadmap already planned to 600Mbytes/sec, supporting up
to 10 years of storage evolution based on historical trends. Though Serial ATA will
not be able to directly interface with legacy Ultra ATA hardware, it is fully compliant
with the ATA protocol and thus is software compatible.
About SATA II (3Gbps) Performance
Your Adaptec ACS-300 enclosure provides an industrial standard eSATA
connector for external connection. It works with SATA I (1.5Gbps) or SATA II
(3Gbps) hard disk drive. To operate in highest possible speed, you need a SATA II
hard disk drive and an SATA II (3Gbps) add-on card that provides at least one
eSATA external SATA port.
If your computer does not have an eSATA port or SATA II 3Gbps speed, Adaptec
recommends connecting the enclosure to an Adaptec’s SATA adapters.
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All rights reserved. Adaptec and the Adaptec logo
are trademarks of Adaptec, Inc. which may be
registered in some jurisdictions.
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