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How to assemble a 3.5 Black Cyclone II Portable Hard Drive (SATA)?

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Allcam has two enclosures with the same apperance, one for PATA/IDE and one for SATA. Confusingly the boxes for the two are the same and the printing on the box mistakenly states "for IDE and SATA". This guide is for SATA hard drive enclosure only.

Step 1. Take the enclosure out of the box, press the buttons on the side to open the top plate

Step 2. Find accessories in box and you should have the following:

  • A: Main Body Enclosure with SATA Data Cable (Red Ribbon) and SATA power cable (4 wires)
  • B: Top Plate
  • C: Screw-driver
  • D: USB cable
  • E: Screw
  • F: AC adaptor
  • G: Power cord
  • H: Stand

Step 3. Connect the Data and Power Cables to the Hard Drive, the cables can only be connected in one way, if cable will not get in, do not push too hard - it must mean you are pushing in the wrong way - pls examine the interface carefully then try to push the cable in the right way again

Step 4. Place the hard drive inside the enclosure. Pls make sure both cables are still firmly connected at both end, loose connections will cause intermitant problems and instability. Close the top plate, and you have a complete external hard drive ready to be plugged into computers.

Step 5. (Optional): Press the buttons to open the bottom plate, and fix the hard drive to the main enclosure body with the 3 screws provided, then close the bottom plate again. Now you have a complete external hard drive.

Step 6. Use the Black Cyclone External hard drive

  • Connect the main power supply unit, then switch on power
  • Connect the USB cable to a USB 3.0 port of the computer ( USB 2.0 port will also work but with limitations) ,the computer should start "Found new hardware wizard" in a few seconds, and the tray icon ( )will appear in the corner of the screen (). If the tray icon does not show, then either the cable connections are loose or the enclosure is faulty.
  • The external drive hard should show as a new drive (as E:) if you open File Explorer, and it is ready for you to save data / files.
  • If the computer have sucessfully recognised the external hard drive but NOT as a new drive  (as E:) , then your hard drive may be new or in a incompatible format, so you have to partition and format the hard drive. Jump to Step 7 below.

Step 7. Format a hard disk drive

Warning: format a hard drive will erase all the data on that hard drive, please make sure you are formating the right hard drive, and it is empty or its data is of no further use to you.

4-1. Partition & Format the external hard drive in Windows 7, 8, Windows 10

  • Warning again, if your hard drive has data inside, and it is recognised by the computer (as per step above), but not showing in "Computer", it means it was formated as FAT32 or other formats Win 7/VISTA no long support. You can reformat it as NTFS but you will lose all the data.
  • Right click on the left corner "Windows" icon -->"Computer Management" -->"Disk Management", the computer will automatically start initialize the new hard drive, just click "Next" to follow. Now you will see your new hard drive listed as "Disk 1" (as "Disk 2" if you have two internal hard drives; or as "Disk 3" if you have three internal hard drives).
  • Now right click on the black bar corresponding to the new hard drive, select the "Create partition", and follow the screem intructions to do the partitioning and formatting.

4-2.Partition & Format the external hard drive in Windows 2000, XP, VISTA

  • Right click on "My Computer" -->"Manage" -->"Disk Management", in Windows XP/VISTA, the computer will automatically start initialize the new hard drive, just click "Next" to follow. Now you will see your new hard drive listed as "Disk 1" (as "Disk 2" if you have two internal hard drives; or as "Disk 3" if you have three internal hard drives). In Windows 2000, you need to right click on "Disk 1" (the new hard drive), then select "write signature".
  • Now right click on the black bar corresponding to the new hard drive, select the "Create partition", and follow the screem intructions to do the partitioning and formatting.

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