I just resolved what I thought was going to be a serious drive issue here at atmaspheric HQ. Yesterday, one of my external FireWire drives shut down killing my chain and delivering a blow to my backup system — not to mention my entire digital music library.
As I disconnected everything today to check it out, I discovered the drive would not start-up at all when connected to my powerbook by itself… That’s when I realized I should check the plug in the cable chaos below the desk… It’s all good. Turns out one of our cats must have nestled a bit too close to the plugs and disconnected it at the mid-section where the brick connects to the extension.
Seems the simplest answer was the reason for the failure. Power is after all a critical element in getting electronics to work.