hi everybody. i just wanted to help in trying to solve this external drive blip riddle, as i got a vantec case and a seagate external 400GB HD and it sucks with all these hiccups.
i scanned all messages in this thread since about page 40 (july of this year), compiled all cases by all users concerning this specific problem (i ignored crashes, freezes, incompatibilities), and grouped them together. i may have missed a few entries, or mislabeled. if so please correct me. i won't categorize any problem or non-problem unless expressly stated. take a look: each entry is user, followed by post# so you can reference, and then case and HD type.
also, VN3 is short for the vantec nexstar3 model
group A: posters who said they successfully set up an external HD initially but did not follow up any posts regarding blips (this problem isn't always instantly noticeable)
jlet / 588 / penguin pg380 / seagate barracuda 320gb
bestman / 599 / ??? / ???
bucketo / 618 / VN3 / seagate 320gb
radiation / 619 / VN3 / seagate barracuda 320 gb
pakman / 623 / VN3 / seagate 320gb
infy9001 / 636 / VN3 / seagate 320gb
mg62 / 639 / VN3 / WD wd4000KS 400gb
sugarman / 643, 645 / VN3 / maxtor 320gb
totaldisctintion / 644 / VN3 / seagate barr 320gb
supercm / 677 / VN3 / seagate 320gb
jkanas / 703 / ??? / wd 320gb
wampus / 720 / ??? / seagate barr 500
wayne / 781 / VN3 / wd 400gb
group B: poster with the blip problem - not counting incompatiblities or crashes/freezes
mskvarenina / 610 / manpower 3.5 map / seagate 300gb
stoopid37 / 650 / ??? / ???
exraver / 718 / VN3 / seagate 500gb
devun157 / 719 / VN3 / seagate barr 500gb
belgiangenius / 724 / VN3 / seagate barr 320 gb
dasman / 728 / VN3 / seagate barr 320 gb
robinwood / 760 / VN3 / seagate ??? / (tried 2 different VN3's)
lonetreejam / 761 / maxtor external HD+enclosure / (got better with more use...)
patp / 777 / VN3 / seagate barr 320 gb
sugarman / 778 / VN3 / maxtor 320gb / (filled+erased. got better, than problems came back. buffalo?)
riceman (me) / this post / VN2 / seagate 400gb
sucubus* / 773 / VN3 / wd 500 / a few problems, but possibly buffalo
group C: posters that have expressly said they have NOT had blip problems after a certain amount of use:
avtechnoid / 698 / ??? / ??? / (filled a 400gb drive)
bplayer / 779 / VN3 / maxtor ???gb / (had 2 previous seagates, they didn't work)
romulus / 770 / VN3 / wd 250gb / several months and no problems
sucubus* / 773 / VN3 / wd 500gb / a few problems, but possibly buffalo
healer / 710 / seagate external HD+enclosure / fine for 17 days and counting
mfabien / 706,741 / ??? / wd1600JS
larry / 744 / ??? / ??? / advises to check signal strength
andya / 763 / maxtor QVE / 160gb works, 300gb's didn't
"dennis" from avsforum / 658 / azio esata / seagate 750gb /
marshalfaulk28 / 670 / VN3 / maxtor 320gb / minor problems (see post671)
alf / 608 / ??? / maxtor qve / fine, but corrupted after power reset
peter m. wilson / 614 / sata2sata metal gear box / ??? 300gb / hasn't actually said it isn't working
... and there you have it. please let me know any mistakes i made or updates to your situation. sucubus' problems might be buffalo so i put him in 2 groups. judgement call.
i don't know what to make of group A - maybe these posters didn't have problems to report or didn't report their problems. lots of seagates.
group B: almost all are seagates.
group C: almost none are seagates.
i'm going to try filling and erasing. if it doesn't work, i'll try switching to a wd...