01-17-2011 02:24 PM
I have a FreeAgent Dockstar that at least once a day looses it's connection to either the USB drive connected to it or PogoPlug...It's hard to tell where the issue is coming from. I see the drive in my computer but just locks up Windows explorer when I click on it. I go to PogoPlug, sign in, then it says I don't have a drive attached. I have tried 3 different USB drives and several different USB cables all with the same result. Any ideas why it losing the hard drive? Thanks
01-24-2011 06:39 AM - edited 01-24-2011 06:44 AM
I am having the same problem and it just started.
I have used my Dockstar with out fail for many months.
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Gateway LX6810 8GB memory 2TB seagate internal
Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
2 Seagate freeagent 1500 GB drives attached
Lynksys WRT 400N ( latest update )
I can power everything off - leave off for 10 minutes.
Restore power and after a while everything will come up.
Dockstar Fails after some hours.
I have tried Just reseting dockstar - Usually nothing.
This morning, I had to unplug everything to get ser number and while I was typing this
it is back again.
01-24-2011 09:29 AM - edited 01-24-2011 09:30 AM
Jerry, I finally figured out what's happening. The drive keeps spinning down when not in use which for whatever reason causes the Dockstar to loose its connectivity. So here's what I did...I created a batch file to run every 10 minutes that does a simple directory list command to the external USB drive attached to the Dockstar which keeps the drive alive. I haven't had a problem since I did that which was the same day I posted the issue. The batch file contains this simple text...
dir *.* /s
p: is the drive letter of the external (pogoplug)
I just named then put it in C:\batch and had windows scheduler execute it every 10 minutes. It does pop up a dos window when it runs but closes automatically when it's finished listing.
01-25-2011 09:39 AM
I will give it a try..
It has worked with out a hitch for almost year.. Just started...
This morning Blinking Amber lamp..
Reset and it came back up...
Will try script.. Do I need to do it for both drives ??
01-26-2011 07:18 AM
You will need to script both so both drives stay spinning. This issue haunted me for quite awhile and I just thought there was something wrong with the Dockstar and would just have to live with it. Once I finally got really sick of it I decided to either get rid of the thing or try to figure out a solution...that's when I realized that it would lose connection whenever the drive would sleep. It seems to me that the Dockstar should have a way of handling the fact that these driveS sleep after a certain ammout of inactivity.