Jobo GIGA one portable Hard Drive and card reader


bonnipics

Link Posted 23/04/2009 - 21:23
I have a Jobo GIGA one and for some reason it's started to show 0.0 Gb memory space and refuses to read SD cards. Although I can access it from my PC and cut and paste to itand can see the whole 40GB capacity. Is it time to bin it or does anybody have any ideas thanks regards Ron
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terje-l

Link Posted 23/04/2009 - 21:47
Isn't this just an 80 GByte harddisk? I would think reformatting may be in order - of course after copying its contents to another disk
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Oggy

Link Posted 23/04/2009 - 21:58
I have been in electronics for a long time now, and have found when something starts failing, it continues to do so. I certainly would not use it for anything you cannot afford to lose. Does your computer report it as the correct size?

George Lazarette

Link Posted 23/04/2009 - 22:04
Sounds like time for a new toy.

I use an Asus EEE PC 900, with an external 150GB hard drive. The Asus is a great machine for travelling, and the screen is considerably larger than any purpose-built photo storage device (that I know of).

There are models available with hard-drives (but I like the robustness of the SSD), and also with bigger screens. But those are bigger overall. For my money, the 900 or 901 are perfect for the travelling 'tog'.

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Mannesty

Link Posted 23/04/2009 - 23:07
It probably needs to be reformatted with the software that can be downloaded from here.

It must be formatted as FAT32, and not with Windows format utility.

As you delete files from it, the space occupied by those files does not then become available for more storage. Eventually it will think that it has no space left and report 0.0Gb Free space, hence the need to reformat it using their own software utility.
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Last Edited by Mannesty on 23/04/2009 - 23:11

Oggy

Link Posted 23/04/2009 - 23:20
Really?

Mannesty

Link Posted 23/04/2009 - 23:25
Oggy wrote:
Really?

Yes, really.

It's also possible that the device has been formatted using Windows format utility and something other than FAT32 was chosen for the file system.
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Oggy

Link Posted 24/04/2009 - 07:35
I have been involved with disc drives since 1980 when a 5Mb disc was about 15" diameter and some of our smaller software controllers were not strong enough to pull our 300Mb discs out of the drives right up to SATA drives, and I have not observed this 'filling up' phenominum.

Odd.

Mannesty

Link Posted 24/04/2009 - 07:58
Oggy wrote:
I have been involved with disc drives since 1980 when a 5Mb disc was about 15" diameter.

Me too.
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Hardgravity

Link Posted 24/04/2009 - 08:22
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It must be formatted as FAT32, and not with Windows format utility.

It's amazing how many external drives are still not compatible with Windows XP/Vista format systems.

I suppose it's so they can be used on MACs as well.

As for old drives, my first was a 20mb unit on an expansion card for my old Amstrad...
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shim

Link Posted 24/04/2009 - 08:40
It's because they don't want to pay MS for an OS, which probably would be unsuitable anyway. Most external drives inc. domestic HD video recorders use Linux and the file systems vary. The HD's are often different to give faster access.

shim

Hardgravity

Link Posted 24/04/2009 - 09:05
shim wrote:
It's because they don't want to pay MS for an OS, which probably would be unsuitable anyway. Most external drives inc. domestic HD video recorders use Linux and the file systems vary. The HD's are often different to give faster access.

shim

Makes sense.
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Oggy

Link Posted 25/04/2009 - 00:18
I'm puzzled here Peter.

A piece of software I wrote some years ago for a flight simulator included a replay function, so the pilot's actions could be played back to them. This we did by writing "snapshot" files at the rate of one per second to a PC hard drive. this was on a 40 minute rolling loop. once the 40 minutes was reached, the the system started deleting the oldest file and replacing it with the newest. When the software was shut down, it deleted all these files. One way or another, a lot of file creations and deletions.

We had no issues with discs filling up.

Mannesty

Link Posted 25/04/2009 - 08:57
I have a Jobo GigaOne 40Gb drive and the behavior I have described occurs with mine.

It is odd, I know, and there is no mention of it in the manual. Maybe mine is faulty. I certainly don't use it very much. It was one of those bits of kit that I thought would be useful for long trips. Trouble is, I haven't made any long trips for years.

I'm in UK at the moment and my gear is at home in Spain. When I get back next Wednesday I will double check my claim and report back.

Interesting to note that the OP does not seem to have returned to this thread so we've no idea yet whether my reformat suggestion has fixed it. I've PM'd him.
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Last Edited by Mannesty on 25/04/2009 - 09:00

bonnipics

Link Posted 25/04/2009 - 14:34
Hi guys thanks for your interest and ideas. I have tried to reformat it in FAT32 but the PC can't read the drive thru the programme from Jobo. Although I still can see it on windows explorer. I'm affraid I no longer have faith in it now, so I guess its 'Bin Time' as the whole idea behind the beast is to provide sure and safe backup for my pics, thanks once again regards Ron
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