Hi all. Well - after all the struggles with external drives I saw a WDC My Book Premium 320Gb on sale at BB and I bought it....okay okay...I bought 2 of them.
I have a Firewire/USB 2.0 PCMCIA card in my laptop and so have one of the external drives "daisy chained" to the other via fire wire and the other external drive hooked to the laptop through the firewire card.
Here's the issue.
Drive A (3 partitions) is the one that is plugged into the laptop through the firewire card. Drive A powers down when the laptop powers down.
Drive B (2 paritions) is the drive that has a firewire cable going from it to the Drive A. When I power the laptop down, Drive B does NOT power down. I have to shut it down manually.
Anyone have any suggestions as to how to get them BOTH to power down when I shutdown the PC?