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of the Mini Portable Disk is smaller than a standard
hard drive that is used inside a standard PC. Below are a few
pictures of the MPD next to, and on top of a
40-Gig hard drive.
thing to do is to is hook it up to my machine. The
machine I have it attached to is my Windows 2000
box. Once it was plugged in and turned on (the
computer was already up and running), I had a new
drive letter added under Windows Explorer after my CD-ROM
drive. Under the device properties is shows up as
a mass storage device.
The MPD has 2 LED's on the top of it. The first one is off
if you just have the MPD on, that is used for is
if you have connection. I have only seen it glow green
with the USB and Firewire cables connected. The
2nd LED glows red when it is turned on and when
connected to the computer with USB. It will turn
Blue when you are connect with Firewire. The Blue/Red
led flickers when the drive is in use.
attached with the included USB cable I had to load
the USB mass storage drivers (comes with the OS).
I have used FireWire external drives before so I
had them already installed on my machine.
Nice thing about the MPD is that the size
of the drive and its shell are a lot smaller than the generic ones you
can find that hold 3.5" disk.
Both do have dual IEEE 1394 ports for
daisy chaining Firewire devices together, and 12V DC power adapters on
the back. As noted before, the MPD does have a battery, where the
generic one shown below with the MPD does not. The MPD also has USB
while the generic one does not.