Larry - did you contact Bob Krist? I'm interested in the answer too. I checked the magazine's archives for his artcle an couldn't find any mention of the Epson.
I have pasted his reply here.
Your LaCie should work if 1, it has it's own power supply AND 2. it is formatte to FAT32, the Windows format. I've had success with LaCies, Transcends, Firelites, etc. etc., but the drive must be formatted to FAT 32, which you can do with Disk Utility on your Mac (if you are on a Mac). I don't use PC so I can't advise you how to format an external drive with Windows or Vista.
Hope this helps. Bob Krist
And his last reply to me
Mark: The other drives I've had good luck with are the OtherWorldComputing USB drives (www.otherworldcomputing.com
) and the GTech drives (you have to google this one..I'm out of my office). You get people that either seem to love LaCie or hate them, depending on the availability.
So based on what Bob Krist says I went and purchased a Smart Disk (now owned by Verbatim) 160GB with power suppy, there is a small switch at the back which allows you to use either an external power supply or have it USB powered.
I haven't tried it yet, will today sometime.
I also have a response by Epson below on this issue, but hopefully this Firelite will work.
It must be USB Mass Storage Class compatible.
(But not all Mass storage Class device are supported.)
- It must be in FAT compatible format(FAT/FAT32). NTFS nor HFS+ are not
- It must be self powered with its own AC supply. Bus powered HDD drives may
not work. NOTE: The power consumption of many 2.5 inch HDD drives is bigger than the
power supply from the USB.
- You should connect the AC adapter to the Viewer as well.
- It should have only one partition.
- There is no actual drive size limitation, however we confirmed with a 200 GB drive.
NOTE: the FAT32 file system supports up to 2 TB.
see: [a href=\"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_Allocation_Table#FAT32]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_Allocation_Table#FAT32[/url]
We will be posting the guidelines for using External USB HDD devices on our support pages shortly.
We hope this helps
Epson Product Support
I have several formatters for FAT32 in Windows if you need them