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Solved: Help needed with access to hard drive via USB enclosure

Question: Solved: Help needed with access to hard drive via USB enclosure

So, the screen on my friend's laptop is dying and I took his hard drive out and put it in a USB 2.0 external enclosure. The hard drive has Windows XP installed on it.

When I connected the hard drive to another laptop he has that is running Windows Vista (Home Premium I think), Vista mounted the drive as read-only and I'm told I'm denied access to most of the files on the drive. By using the UAC, I can gain access to the files but I don't understand why I'm getting the security problems, in the first place.

I then connected the hard drive to another system, a desktop system running Windows XP Home Edition, and when I tried to access the files, I get "Access Denied" messages. So, there must be something on the hard drive in the USB enclosure that is causing the security problems.

When I connect the drive to my Linux system, I can access the files without any problems.

Any ideas on what the problem might be? I'm posting this issue here since the ultimate goal is to get read/write access to the hard drive in the USB enclosure on the laptop running Vista.



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Answer: Solved: Help needed with access to hard drive via USB enclosure

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I got a new computer a while back and needed to transfer the stuff off my old ide hard drive onto my new (sata) one.I got an enclosure, which seems to work fine - I plugged it in, switched it on and the computer seemed to recognise it - it started installing the driver, then said device was ready to use.However, now I can't find it anywhere on my computer!I've tried taking out the jumper switch to swap it around to see if that makes a difference as it was the master drive on my old computer, but it's pretty well lodged on and won't come off. The picture on the hard drive seems to say that no jumper = slave drive so I have a feeling that might work, but I don't want to try to much as I'm scared of damaging the pins.Can anyone advise me on what to do next?

Answer:Help needed with new hard drive enclosure.

Leave it as Master.

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I purchased a Rockfish Hard Drive Enclosure in order to recover files from a hard drive that crashed in a Gateway laptop (OS Vista 32). I am able to only reload Windows Vista and can not repair. Drive is corrupt. I took the 120G PATA drive out of my gatway and instaled it in the enclosure and connected via the USB to anthother laptop (Dell) running Windows Visa (32). The computer assigns a letter to both partitions but I can only access the recovery partition and cannot access/explore the primary partion. Error comes up drive not accessable, parameter is incorrect. When I run the computer manager, it shows the both partitions as healthy and primary. Not sure how to get to the files I need.

Answer:Can only access one partition of hard drive using enclosure

Open an elevated (Run it as administrator) command prompt and type the command: CHKDSK E: /F /R /X
Hope this helps

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The quick & dirty: I have the same laptop, the same external hard drive, but a new enclosure, and I can't access the hard drive.

Before: I was successfully running a store-bought external USB 2.0 hard drive on a laptop with XP.

Details (before): Hard drive is WD3200JD [3.5" IDE(ATA)], enclosure by Acomdata. There was no jumper set on the hard drive.

Then: external hard drive wouldn't connect. After some troubleshooting, it was determined that I needed a new enclosure.

Now: I bought a new enclosure and followed all instructions. The computer recognized a new USB mass storage device, but it won't show up in My Computer and I can't access.

Details (now): Enclosure by Nexxtech. Same hard drive, but with a jumper in the master setting (per instructions). Using the same laptop. The hard drive shows up both in Device Manager and Computer Management, but not in My Computer. In Computer Management, it shows up as healthy and active, but "not initialized" I right click to initialize, and the resulting window comes up empty. I have also tried updating the drivers, but they are currently up-to-date.


Answer:New external hard drive enclosure: can't access

How is the drive powered?

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I bought two Hard Drive Enclosure kits. One is for a 80gig drive and another is for a 250gig drive. These kits support up to 400gig drives.

The 80gig works fine. The 250gig does not. It doesn't seem to detect it. It's powered on.

Any idea what is wrong? The drive worked fine. Do my jumpers need to be in a certain position?

I tested the USB cable and USB port, both work fine.

(Using Windows XP Home)

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Enclosure kit

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I have a USB Hard Drive enclosure that I purchased for my hard drive. It seems that everytime I plug it into the USB port my Athlon XP machine will detect it but as soon as it starts running the Hardware installation it reboots my machine and keeps it in a loop and rebooting each and every time. I've tried using the suggestions made on this board by removing the USB drivers and that didn't seem to work at all.

Any other suggestions??

Running WinXP Pro on a Athlon machine

Answer:Solved: USB Hard Drive Enclosure

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I need more space on my computer. I want to put a hard drive into an external enclosure. However I am afraid of compatability issues between the hard drive I buy and the enclosure I buy. What do I need to know to make sure I don't have a problem? Thank you in advance for your suggestions.

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive in an enclosure

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Ok, I know my way around a computer, and for the most part I can tell what everything is and what it does. Until recently I've been mostly a software kinda guy and let my buddies handle the hardware, but I've decided to take a more active role in hardware. I am in the process of building a new computer--which I may have some questions posted on here about later-- as well as upgrading storage on my current PC.

Anyway, I was just wanting to make sure that a "hard drive enclosure" is what I think it is... Or am I completely mistaken?

An enclosure is used to take an internal hard drive and allow it to be attached external via the enclosure, correct? And if this is the case, is it a reliable and cost effective way of increasing storage or would a regular external drive be more reliable/economical?


Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Enclosure??

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I recently purchased a 300GB Maxtor hard drive and 3.5" Hard drive enclosure. I hooked up everything and the computer recognizes that a "mass storage device" was hooked up but it's not registering in My Computer and I cannot access the hard drive... how do I solve this problem??

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Enclosure???

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I put a new hard drive in my computer, and put my old hard drive in a SATA Drive Enclosure. Dell told me I would be able to access all my old information this way, but I can find only some of it. My primary concern is that all of my son's Itunes music is gone. Is there any way to access it?

Answer:Solved: Can't access files on SATA Drive Enclosure

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Hi all and thanks for reading my thread. This is not the usual thread where you "forgot" your password or what not. I was trying to remove the login screen on windows by deleting a few accounts of mine, just to discover that the login screen is still there, only difference is now the username is "administrator" of which I have no clue what the password is.. SO. I tried a bunch of things such as booting from a password cracking image file, with no success (says disk is "dirty") and now I'm thinking that if I booted with a different hard drive and put my original drive in an enclosure I should be able to get into it and make some changes to fix this problem, by maybe erasing or resetting the password.. right? Well I sure hope so... I'm online now.. its 950 MST and I really hope some of you guys can help me right now.. can you please...? I have a Laptop HP Pavilion zd8000 if that can help.. thanks!!

Answer:Solved: Cannot login into XP. Trying with hard drive enclosure

According to the rules I do not think we are allowed to help with password problems it may not be the usual problem but you do need help to get into the computer which is just the same as a normal password problem.

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Using Gateway MT6920 laptop with Vista Home Premium.
I removed the hard drive from a Compaq 6470NX PC running Windows XP. Everything with the installation went well with installation and hookup. However I'm not savvy enough to know how to use it.
I need to know how to transfer stuff to my Vista run laptop, step by step. Vista is still confusing to me.
I need an explanation that will be understood by a new Vista user.

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Enclosure-ACOMDATA

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I'm trying to retrieve my documents from a hard drive I removed from my dead Dell Inspiron 2500 laptop. I bought a 2.5 inch USB enclosure and installed the Dell Hitachi HD in it. However, I can't get my desktop to recognize it. Should I jumper the Hitachi as a slave? Any suggestions will be appreciated.

Answer:Solved: External usb hard drive enclosure

Ignore this post; I've ascertained a jumper is not needed and that the hard drive is kaput.

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Ok... I think I have tried everything.

I just purchased a WD 80g hard drive with a USB 2.0 enclosure, but I can not get it to work!

When plugged in (to XP Home) it goes thru the new hardware and comes up as a USB Mass Storage device. It does not show up in My Computer. It is listed in devices as: SDC SD80 )BB-15JKA0 USB Device

I can not partition it thru Computer Management (control panel) under Disk Management it does not even show up, healthy or otherwise!

I then took the drive out of the enclosure, installed it in my desktop and Fdisk, partitioned it and formated it. All good when installed straight. I put it back in the enclosure and all the same thing happen as above!

I really hope I have not invested in a paper weight...please help!


Answer:Solved: USB 2.0 External Hard Drive (enclosure) Partitioning?!?!

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Hi All,

I just bought me a new SATA 250GB Hard Drive and a external hard drive enclosure. I received the items today and I just realize the hard drive enclosure doesn't build into the way to connect to the SATA 7-pin data connector. All it has is the Parallel ATA 40-pin data connector.

Can anyone recommend any external hard drive enclosure that can connect to SATA connector directly. And there is a main reason why I choose a SATA hard drive.

Thank you so much.

Answer:Solved: Looking for Sata External Hard Drive Enclosure

Well, I did this GOOGLE Search and turned up a ton of them. Should keep you busy for several days looking through all the links.

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Due to problems with my operating system on a laptop with no cd-rom drive I decided to try an boot it up off an external drive. I bought myself a 160gb External hdd but it turned out not to be bootable, with a bit more caution this time i looked out for bootable external hard drives. I have a desktop system with a spare 3.5" hard drive, so an enclosure seems sensible i just needed to know if anyone is for sure about any cheap enclosures that are bootable, once i have the hdd in its enclosure im fine for sorting out my bios etc but i just need anyone with some knowledge on it to tell me for sure because i can only find one manafacturer that will say theres is bootable!

Theo Kirby - Toulouse

Answer:Solved: External USB 3.5 Inch Hard Drive Enclosure Bootable?

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I have a 1.5TB Seagate SATA HD that's about a yr old. I bought an iMicro external enclosure for it, and I use it for backup storage. So it's turned off most of the time. Over the last couple weeks, I've been having problems getting the drive to connect to the computer when I turn it on (it's connected via USB). The drive clicks, whirs, and speeds up and slows down as it tries to connect. Sometimes I have to turn it off and on again to get it to go.

So is the drive really bad? I thought I'd be in good shape w/ a Seagate drive when I bought it last yr, but recently I heard that they were bought out and their drives aren't that good anymore. Or could it be the external enclosure? Like, if it wasn't supplying good power to the drive, would that make the drive act like that?

I recently got a new MSI mobo that has SATA ports, but my boot drive is IDE. If I tried to hook up the Seagate drive to a SATA port for testing purposes (ie, that would eliminate the external enclosure from the scenario), would that interfere w/ the IDE drive?

Answer:Solved: Could faulty external hard drive enclosure cause HD to click?

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I recently purchased an external hard drive enclosure (called 2.5" IDE/SATA External Case) for the sole purpose of recovering my data on a hard drive that belongs to my faulty laptop (screen display is no longer functioning), which I am soon sending in for repairs - however, I want to retrieve all of my hard drive data before doing so. Upon using the external hard drive enclosure device and plugging it into multiple other laptops, I ran into a formatting problem when attempting to access the drive. The message that comes up says the following:

"You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it." I initially pressed the option "format disk" but did not go any further, as doing so would erase everything on my disk and, as such, will defeat the whole purpose. I was so fearful!

-What can I do to avoid this message? Is there a way I can retrieve the files on my hard disk without formatting?
-Also, by pressing the first "format disk" option, would this delete everything on my hard drive, or did I need to go further - I believe a warning message shows up before formatting can be accomplished?

I would really appreciate any assistance that could be provided!!!!

Waiting anxiously,


Answer:Solved: External hard drive enclosure problem - DESPERATE FOR ASSISTANCE!!!!!!!!

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I've got a 2.5" hdd from a broken laptop. Just ordered an enclosure off of newegg for it. Will I have any problems plugging it into my desktop? Like will it read right away or is there something I'll have to do first?

Only thing I'm worried about is this:
My desktop is running Windows XP SP3
The laptop hdd has Windows XP SP3 installed on it

Will it boot the desktop copy of XP? And will having XP installed on the laptop hdd make it difficult to access the files I need to backup?

Answer:Solved: 2.5" laptop hard drive in an enclosure, any potential problems booting it up?

Boot the desktop up without the external enclosure connected then when the computer is up and running, plug the external in.

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Hi all,
I'm having problems with my usb drive enclosures and I hope someone can help. Whenever I connect either of them to the computer they are recognised by windows (xp pro) and appear in device manager by not in 'my computer' so I can't access them. It's happening with 2 different enclosures so I don't think they are faulty. What should I do?
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Usb drive enclosure help needed

Try these things

Do the enclosures need to be powered? Even a powered USB hub may not be adequate.

Second, do other USB devices work? Does the device work on other computers? If it doesn't your problem is with your hard drive.

Lastly, did you set the jumpers on the back of the drive correctly?

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Hey guys!

My Zune 80gb stopped working a while back. It wouldn't charge. So I thought I would take out the hard drive and use it as an external 80gb hard drive. So I bought an 1.8" ZIF encolsure for it and installed the hard drive into it.

All appears good with the installation. When I plug the hard drive into the PC the light on the hard drive enclosure comes on and stays on & the disk starts spinning. Then Windows Vista does the whole "Install new Hardware" thing and calls it a "Disk Drive" and a "USB Mass Storage Device" and says hardware is installed and ready for use.

But the problem is I can't seem to access the drive. I can't find it anywhere. It doesn't show up as a drive I can use or anything. I tried a third party partitioning prgram to try and find the disk so I could reformat it but it wouldn't it couldn't find it either. I even plugged the drive into my Mac thinking that Disk Utility might be able to recognize it and let me wipe it, but the Mac doesn't recognize it as anything.

Back in Vista, Using Device Manager, Vista notices the drive under the "Disk Drives" option as a "Disk Drive" and that it is elecronically signed by Microsoft (since it has the Zune firmware on it) but I can't do anything with it ... And this is the only place where I can see that the drive even exists. I can't reformat it or anything.

Can anyone help me? I thought I read somewhere... Read more

Answer:Putting a Zune 80gb Hard Drive in an External Hard Drive Enclosure, help please!


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I would like to add an external drive enclosure so I can use cheaper internal IDE Hard drive(s) and an internal IDE DVD writer.

I have a Win XP Laptop with USB 2.0 and a Win ME PC with Firewire. My PC already has a second hard drive, internal DVD-ROM and CD-RW drives, and no free PCI ports. My Laptop has an internal DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive.

The primary use is for Video capture, editing and DVD burning. So speed is my primary concern, both with Hard drives and DVD writer. I'd like to be able to use the external enclosure between the two computers, and also swap out the IDE devices in the enclosure as required.

Given that SATA hard drives are out there now, what are my options, given my above requirements and hardware constraints?

I obviously need a 5.25" external enclosure with both USB 2.0 and Firewire at the minimum. I'm wondering if there is something that will enable me to use SATA as well. I can get rid of my modem on my PC to free up a PCI port if I need to install a controller card, since I'm on a broadband home network.

Any ideas/suggestions?



Answer:Recommendation needed for external drive enclosure

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Im installing a clean installation of vista on my Dell inspiron 530s because the HDD crashed. During the installation it asked me to " to install the device driver needed to access your hard drive, insert installation media containing the driver files and click OK". Does anyone know where I can get these drivers from?

thank you

Answer:device driver needed to access your hard drive

There are some on Dell's page here:

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Hi, recently my lenovo T61's video card fizzled out right after the warranty expired. I have information on the laptop's hard drive that i need to get off of it. I have a hard drive enclosure for my old hp laptop's hard drive but the two drive have different connectors. I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction to find a lenovo T61 hard drive compatible external hard drive enclosure. The hard drive is a 100 GB 7200 RPM driveModel: HTS722010K9SA00HDD: 7K200-100LENOVO P/N: 42T1056HITACHI P/N: 0A53257MLC: DA2141

Answer:Need help finding correct external hard drive enclosure for a T61 hard drive

There is a lot to choose from. Any USB SATA external hard drive enclosure should work. Since i don't live in the US i don't know where the best place to buy such a enclosure would be in your case. If you cannot find any maybe someone else that live in the US could help you out.

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Hi everyone,

after deleting accidentally some files while installing windows 7 I'm trying to install it again, but this message appears:to install the device driver needed to access your hard drive, ,insert installation media containing the driver files and then click OK and this message too: the installation media can be a floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive and the next message: No device were found. Make sure that the installation media contains the correct drivers and then click OK

My motherboard: H81M-K, Asus

I tried to copy drivers for this motherboard, but there are too many drivers and as well as I don't know which one I need, I can't achieve the installation of Widows 7. What can I do, can you suggest?

Answer:to install the device driver needed to access your hard drive..

I think that the best way is to create a new CD. Format while installing and it will work
Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River
I think that you deleted files from the CD.
While installing disconnect everything except the internet, be online while installing.

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I have a hard drive off of a non-working laptop that had Windows 10 on it. I am just wanting to get some files off of the hard drive instead of repairing the laptop since it's fairly old. I have put the hard drive into a USB hard drive enclosure and plugged it into my Windows 10 laptop. The hard drive displays and I can select folders and stuff, but when I go to Users it has Default and Public. When I click on both neither have any documents, pictures, videos, etc in their corresponding folders. What am I doing wrong?

Answer:How do I view pics from hard drive thats in a hard drive USB enclosure

Have you tried enabling "show hidden files" in Explorer view options? Also check to see if the drive is partitioned into more than one partition. THe user folders could be on a different partition than C:\.

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I am looking for a hard drive enclosure for my Thinkpad 770Z hard drive.  I have done a number of searches, but I have not idea of what kind of enclosure to get that is compatible with my hard drive.  Any ideas?

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Are you looking for an external enclosure or for an internal caddy? You should be able to find caddies via Google and on eBay. IIRC the 770 series had a single USB port, however, this was a USB 1.1 interface. That severely limits the speed at which data transfers between the 770 and the drive. A better alternative IMO is to find a USB 2.0 PCMCIA adapter card and attach the external drive via it.

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Windows 7 desk top computer stopped during use. It would not restart when button pressed. External power supply ok. Possible internal Power Supply Unit failure. Can the pc hard drive data be backed up to an external USB hard drive enclosure before testing to find the fault in these circumstances?

Answer:Hard drive backup to external USB hard drive enclosure

Yes, most HDD is use on laptop and desktops units are pretty standard. The desktops use 3.5 inch internal drives and the laptops are mostlt 2.5 inch. The Sata interface is almost universal. Suitable enclosures are sold by major vendors. Be aware that the very lost cost kits are not real enclosure, just the power and interface components. Not recommended. To easy make a mistake.You will need a working PC or laptop to read the data. And enough free drive space to store your data files. Recovering program files is not piratical, unless the programs were  portable programs. Which is not likely.This video is basic and helpful. (Ignore the lead in advertisement.) you will see in then video, you can buy an enclosure for  any starred hard drive. So just pick out a good enclosure and you can get you data back!EDIT: On of the best tutorials I have seen lately.  He makes it plain and simple and very useful information.  Geek-9pm recommends you watch. That guy is even better that me.

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I have a bunch of old hard drives laying around, and I finally got a USB enclosure so that I could get any old useful data off of them or re-purpose them. Some of them work exactly as expected, I plug them in, they connect, and a new Local Disk appears that I can click into. For several others though, the disk connects and is visible in the "Disk Management" utility but I can't do anything to it. All the options in Disk Management are greyed out, so I can't assign a drive letter or even format it. The only option that isn't greyed out is "Convert to Dynamic Drive", and when I tried it out of curiosity to see if it might make the other options available, it failed.

I find it hard to believe that these drives are completely useless and inaccessible. Is there some kind of trick or method that I'm missing? I've tried googling this problem, but it hasn't really gotten me anywhere.

Answer:Can't Access Old Hard Drives With External Enclosure (Win10)

If you are using a desktop, connect it to the internal SATA port and bypass the enclosure. They are not always the most reliable.

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Hey Guys,

I have a netbook which I want to recycle however it has been used for business purposes and I want to properly format the drive. The issue I have is that it does not have a CD drive nor does it have a working screen. I have connected the hard drive to external display and manually deleted all files from the computer but I know this is not really 'deleting' anything.

How can I format the drive from within Windows? Unfortunately I cannot get bios to display on the external display so I can not do anything from DOS or Bios simply because I can't see anything!

My latest attempt has been to use Active KillDisk to create a bootable USB however this is when I ran into the issue of the Bios and DOS not displaying, it will only display once windows has been loaded.

Any ideas?

Answer:Solved: Help needed to securely format hard drive - no screen or CD drive

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Hello again.   I'm now trying to install a Rocketfish USB 2.0 Hard drive enclosure. I've taken my old 40gb hd, and put it inside a Rocketfish USB2.0 enclosure. Hooked it up to the computer, and ran the install program, which the installer didn't recognize the drive. I called tech-support and they said I needed to make it the master, and start over.Well, I moved the jumper to master, and now I get a yellow circle with a "!" next to the Massive Storage Device under the USB Controller on the device manager.When I had the 40gb hd in my computer, I couldn't boot into WinXP Home Ed. I was told by someone at Best Buy, that if I put the drive in an enclosure, if it would look past the boot sector and see the rest of the drive. And they told me it would. I'm wondering now...could there be a possibility that the drive is completely bad. I originally thought it was just the boot sector.Any ideas?

Answer:USB 2.0 Hard Drive Enclosure

What OS?  XP?Surprised you'd need any installer program, at least not for XP ..... and wonder if you can uninstall and then try enclosure with drive just straight into USB and let (if XP) the system ''find it".IIRC when I put a drive in enclosure I leave jumpers off usually tho would have thought master would be OK too.I have had a problem in past with 2 WD HDDs which seemed to be accepted and yet never had a drive letter assigned.

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not sure if this falls under storage or networking as its a little of both

im looking for a hard drive enclosure
that has either ethernet or wifi 802.11a/b/g
asus has one the WL-HDD (also not for sale yet)
but its not for sale yet
they also have a WL-500 which is a router that can have a USB HDD pluged into it and have it act as a NAS

preferably i want the drive to have its own server in it
i want to be able to connect to the drive via a PDA and see it as a normal drive
somthing akin to a samba share only it will work on a PDA

the purpose for this is to have the PDA and drive enclosure in my car
use the drive to store MP3s and the PDA play them back and into my car stereo

im open to combinations of gear to make it work
ala the asus WL-500 and a seperate HDD encolsure

linksys and maxtor have a similar system but it looks kinda dumb
you need a router
the linksys adapter
AND a maxtor drive enclosure

its just dumb for a car mp3 player

ipod and similar are not an option as driving and trying to navigate on the tiny ipod screen just wont work for me

the PDA will have a bright color
touchscreen display which will be much nicer and easier to navigate while driving

the whole point of this is to get away from CDs im sick of them i hurt and scratch them far too often and i dont want to use them anymore

i also want to be able to use my own hard drive as an ipod is too small

same with the maxtor drives i want to be able to drop my own drive in

any thoughts?

Answer:hard drive enclosure with NAS

I don't know much about just a HD enclosure, but you could build a mini-itx system in your car to hook up your pda to (or just hook it straight up to the stereo on it's own). If you goto it has a bunch of custom jobs that people have done including putting them in their cars, might be worth a look.

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What hard drive enclosure would i need for this?
Hard drive:
Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet

Will this work?
DYNAMODE USB-HD2.5S-BN 2.5? SATA USB 2.0 Hard Drive Enclosure - Black Deals | PC World

Answer:Hard drive enclosure

Just realised i put this thread in the wrong topic...

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Can anyone recommend a hard drive 3.5 enclosure suitable Mac drives ? Also a docking station suitable for Mac drives that take 2.5 and 3.5 drives? Ojas

Answer:Hard drive enclosure 3.5 for Mac

I am not sure about a docking station, but for the first part of your question, are you looking for an external hard drive enclosure?Mac drives are not different than regular PC drives, but you will need to find out what kind of drive it is. There are external enclosures widely available for all kinds of drives. is a great place to look, but you need to know what kind of drive it is first (e.g. SATA, ATA, IDE, &etc.) What kind of Mac do you have?

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Is there such thing as a hard drive enclosure for a SATA 3.5'' drive that does not require an AC adapter as an extra source of power? I am looking for one, but they all seem to need extra power

Answer:Hard Drive Enclosure

Not recommending, but here is one.

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I'm trying to help my sister out. She has a couple old IDE hard drives out of an older computer that she would like to get access to photos that were stored on them, without being backed up I don't really know what to look for. I'm not sure what info you might need to help me with this. Can anyone tell me if either of these might work?

Thanks for any info.

Answer:Hard Drive Enclosure

Those would work, but the main use for the second one would be optical drives based on it's 5.25" size.

If its just to temporarily get the data off you may want to consider a USB to SATA/PATA(IDE) adapter like this:
It has the added benefit of being compatible with modern SATA drives as well as older PATA/IDE drives.

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Hi, I don't know if any of you guys have encountered problems with older comptuers and newer hard drives(PATA).
I know when I took the 80 gig HDD out of my 4 year old pc and put it in a 6 year old PC the mobo could not detect the hard drive, even after i checked jumpers and all, I'm guessing because the speed was too slow or because BIOS isnt new enough, Would this matter while using an external HDD enclosure? Or will it read any IDE drive?

Answer:ext. hard drive enclosure

Maker of the 80 gig? 5400 rpm drive or 7200(not that that makes any difference)? If is an IDE hd doens't make any sense why it cannot be read. Set it as a slave, position 2 on your IDE O cable and see if it recognizes it then. It's a IDE and the ext is USB or SCSI? If the 6 year old puter has usb (which it must) then, yes, it should recognize the drive usb or SCSI. You might want to spec the older mobo so we can do a better eval. by the way, PATA is the older conventin for all IDE drives except for MAC which are all SCSI. Newer drives are Serial= SATA.

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I have several portable hard drives in their own enclosures that I would like to consolidate into a single 4 bay enclosure. This would require removal of a hard drive from each single enclosure and mounting into the 4 bay enclosure. I don't want to format or lose the data on any of these drives. I want to be able to access each drive separately by its drive letter. I would be attaching this enclosure to my Laptop via USB 3.0. I have a few questions:
- Is it as simple as disassembly of the single enclosure and mounting into the bay and making USB connections/esata?
- Will Windows try to consolidate the 4 drives into 1, or leave them as unique hard drives?
Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced 4-bay enclosure for this application?
Thanks for your anticipated help.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4700HQ CPU @ 2.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 60 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 12168 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4600, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 236673 MB, Free - 90658 MB; E: Total - 238466 MB, Free - 187882 MB; F: Total - 238470 MB, Free - 237806 MB; H: Total - 2861575 MB, Free - 2475033 MB; J: Total - 1907725 MB, Free - 1340710 MB; L: Total - 476936 MB, Free - 122919 MB; S: Total - 2861575 MB, Free - 1576841 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC., N750JV
Antivirus: Norton Security, Updated and Enabled

Answer:4 Bay Hard Drive Enclosure

Here you go;
You do understand that some more modern external drives do not use a sata connector and would not work in a multi bay enclosure. Older external drives are just an internal drive in the enclosure and would work fine in a multi bay unit.
Will Windows try to consolidate the 4 drives into 1, or leave them as unique hard drives?Click to expand...

Only if you tell it to do so.
I don't want to format or lose the data on any of these drivesClick to expand...

You would not have to format the drive however IF you value the data, you have multiple copies. Data that you do not have at least two copies [on separate media] is data you do not care about and you should expect to lose said data. ALL drives fail; it is only a question of when your drive will fail.

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Hello, my older laptop recently went to shambles and I need to retrieve data from the hard drive. When the computer starts up you can hear some noise (i don't know if this is the hard drive or what) But the notebook doesn't seem to function. The notebook shows it gets power then after about 5 seconds turns back off. I don't know if this is a motherboard issue, it doesn't even load the bios or show the "Dell" start up frame, the screen is just blank with no cursor or nothing.

I was glancing over ways to retrieve this data and I saw that an option is an external enclosure, and I thought i would give it a try because they are pretty cheap. Now I'm confused on which one to get, because I don't know if you need to find one with the exact dimensions of the internal hard drive. I looked up replacement hard drives for the model of notebook and the dimensions it shows: .37" H x 3.94" L x 2.75"

I was wondering if anyone could guide me with any advice in removing the data from the hard drive, and advice on the dimension question. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Hard Drive and enclosure

The cheapest way is probably a hard-drive caddy

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ive a got a desktop Maxtor 250gb sata drive sittng around idly doing nothing. I think its 3.5 from an old broken computer and i want to use an enclosure never used one before and i don't know how technical they are.and any recommendations would be grateful

Answer:hard drive enclosure

I bought one of these for the smae reason you give. It is very easy to slot in your old HDD, and I have had no problems. Just make sure you connect it exactly as per instructions.eSATA / USB 2.0 combo enclosure for IDE or SATA 3.5" HDD

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Please help!

I recently upgraded my operating system to Windows 7 64 bit. I have an Intel MB with an E4500 core 2 dou processor running with 4 gigs ram.

I have an old ide enclose that all of the sudden wont be seen by the new operating system. I have changed the jumper on the hard drive in every combination possible. In the past, I have found that different computers can be sensitive to jumper positions wven if its not logical, its just the way it is.

Anyway, its a WD1600JB hard drive. When I plug it into the USB port on my box, it makes that quick 2 tone sound through the speakers, but then nothing happens. So when I manually check under devices, sometimes it tells me the device is working properly and shows up as a USB mass storage device, and sometimes it tell me the drivers could not be found.

In either case, when you look under computer, it NEVER shows up as an accessible hard drive like it should.

The hard drive is spinning for sure, and I know it was working recently, so I doubt that it is broken, its more that the new operating system doesnt like it, plus again, it sometimes does show as a mass storage device that is working properly under devices although its never accessible.

I am wondering if I should try getting a new enclosure.

Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Answer:Hard Drive Enclosure not being seen by 7

Welcome to SevenForums Michael

Try this:

Start Computer Management Disk Management

If the Ext HD shows up, see if you can right click on it & asign it a drive Letter

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hi i was wondering if i take my computer harddrive and put it in a usb case to make it a usb hard drive would i beable to then take my portable hard drive to anycomputer and boot my windows xp off of it?


Answer:xp on hard drive in a usb enclosure

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Hello, i am looking for an hard drive enlosure that uses a usb connection, it is an maxtor ata/100 hard drive, i'm confused, most all enclosure kits i've seen so far are for what they consider a standard 3.5" hard drive, well my maxtor hard drive is 4", are they going by the size of the hard drive or the size of the disk inside the casing, please help i am confused. any help would be great. thank you . dan

Answer:USB Hard drive enclosure.

Hi dsilvers. I looked at the spec sheet for a Maxtor drive, click here. This is described as a 3.5 inch drive, but the width is specified as 101.6mm, which is exactly 4 inches.

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I've pulled an old IDE hard drive from a xp computer. chuck it up in my IDE enclosure, plug it into my win7 pc, and nothing. not listed in dev man, computer, or disk manager, zip. i plug the same set up into another xp computer, no prob. i need my win7 pc to recognize it so i can save some info off it. i dont have continuous access to the xp pc i tried it on, so i cant use that one for the rescue. my win7 pc will detect my ata/sata enclosures fine, just not this IDE one.

Answer:IDE hard drive enclosure

I use a USB to IDE/SATA kit, like this one. Even with the USB 2.0 limits it moves data fast enough for occasional use. Simple to use, no drivers needed, just plug and play. You can even retrieve from a floppy disk.

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I have a Western Digital WD500KS Serial ATA hard drive. I purchased a Kingwin KH350SEU-BK enclosure only to find that I couldn't get it to work. Could someone suggest some enclosures that will work with this size SATA drive?

Answer:Hard Drive Enclosure


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I have two hard drives installed, C drive is my system drive and F drive is to store digital pictures. I also have a DVD read drive and a CD RW drive. I am going to remove both the CD and DVD drives. I am going to install an optical drive that does both. A Plextor PX 712. I am going to install an enclosure in the open slot and install my F drive in it. Then I will be able to remove the F drive and install a new drive in the enclosure and Ghost an image of my C drive to the new HD. I will then remove the new drive and reinstall the F drive. This way if my existing C drive dies I am ready. I would just like to hear from anyone with enclosues who has done this and could give any info on what problems I may run into. Thank you for the help.

Answer:Hard Drive in an Enclosure

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hi, i have a few questions abuot this in case anyone can answer, im pretty sure i know wat this is im just checking

-this allows me to plug in an internal IDE HDD for a standard desktop computer and use it thru USB?

if so

-will i be able to access it thru dos and or Norton Ghost?

-will it be much slower than if it's internal, since it's USB 2.

-i know it's usb 2, does that mean i can by no means use it with USB 1.1?

thanks in advance.

Answer:hard drive enclosure?

It won't work in DOS
It will take forever if you use 1.1
The speed will most likely stay at 30MB/s

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I took one of my old drive from my old computer and installed in the Antec MX-1 Actively Cooled Hard Drive Enclosure.
Then I plug the USB into my note book, the USB to SATA bridge works fine.
However, I can not see the drive in "My Computer".

I have checked a few posts and I looked into Disk Management.
I found that Disk 0 is the internal HDD for the notebook, and Disk 1 is the enclosure HDD, my old drive, but it says that the disk is dynamic and is invalid.

Is that the reason why I can not see my drive in My Computer?
If a convertion is a must, can I still keep my data?

Thanks for your help

Answer:Hard Drive Enclosure not being seen

Hello d...., welcome to the forum
Is it possible to put the drive back into your old PC copy the data off it, format the drive and copy the data back again?
If a conversion is a must there are third party dynamic disc converters which should keep your data intact; Download Dynamic Disk Converter Trial to check the conversion of the dynamic to basic disk I have never used this so I do not know how good it is

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Hi i am looking to buy a hard drive enclosure to plug into my linksys storage link that is on my network. Would the one that i am looking at work for me.

Answer:Hard drive enclosure

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I need a good SATA hard drive enclosure with a fan

I'm trying to decide between this Bytecc enclosure:

and this Thermaltake enclosure:

Has anyone had good or bad experiences with these companies and enclosures?

Answer:Which Hard Drive Enclosure is Better

I'd go with Thermaltake, if only because it is an established brand that produces good-quality items.

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I'm looking for a hard drive enclosure. The hard drive is a laptop drive. It's a Hitachi drive, model number HTS541616J9AT00. It says ATA/IDE on it. I purchased a SATA enclosure and an IDE enclosure and neither fit the hard drive. Could someone please link some products that would work with this hard drive (preferably from newegg)? Thanks.

Answer:Looking for a hard drive enclosure

Since your hard drive is not SATA, a SATA enclosure will not work. Exactly what model IDE enclosure did you get? Why does your drive not fit in it?

Any of the external enclosures at 1053807124 1054107130&name=IDE should work. This list is all the external enclosures from for 2.5" IDE hard drives.

Here's an inexpensive one with a good overall review rating:

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What would be the best type and size of hard drive enclosure for my Seagate 40GB
ST340810A? 3.5" or 5.25" ?

Answer:Hard Drive Enclosure

You'd want a 3.5" enclosure, 5.25" would be for something like a CD\DVD drive. Needs to be IDE internally and probably USB externally.

As for brand, don't get the cheapest one you find but you also don't need anything too expensive either.

Here's a decent one I've used:

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Hi all,

I'm just having a problem with a hard drive enclosure I recently bought. My Dell hard drive recently started causing me a bit of trouble so I bought this enclosure in the hope of diagnosing & backing up the hard drive on another computer.

The hard drive is and was in my Dell Dimension 9150.

The enclosure is actually at the bottom of that page as part of "Accessories for this product" so I presumed they were compatible

Having opened up the enclosure it seems to have only an IDE connection on it (, while the Dell hard drive is a SATA connection ( . I can't for the life of me figure out how this is an accessory for that hard drive without buying one of these

Any suggestions on what I'm missing? Have I just bought the wrong enclosure?

Thanks for any help.

Edit: updating dead link

Answer:Hard drive enclosure help

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i have a 3.5 sata hard drive enclosure, that i'm using it to clean my pc hard drive that crash when i downloaded theSP1 update for windows vista, and i'm trying it on my older pc with windows xp, but no matter what i try does not recognise it any help will be appreciated thanks.

Answer:hard drive enclosure

what are you trying to do, see what is on the drive or boot to it on the older pc?

You can try going into diskmanagement. If it sees the drive there, you may need to assign a drive letter to it.

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Can anyone recommend a hard drive 3.5 enclosure suitable Mac drives ? Also a docking station suitable for Mac drives that take 2.5 and 3.5 drives? Ojas

Answer:Hard drive enclosure 3.5 for Mac

I am not sure about a docking station, but for the first part of your question, are you looking for an external hard drive enclosure?Mac drives are not different than regular PC drives, but you will need to find out what kind of drive it is. There are external enclosures widely available for all kinds of drives. is a great place to look, but you need to know what kind of drive it is first (e.g. SATA, ATA, IDE, &etc.) What kind of Mac do you have?

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Now that it seems my hard drive is permanently broken, I was wondering which hard drive to get. Because I am unfamiliar with the specifications, I don't know whether my old one:

is IDE or SATA


Answer:Which Hard Drive Enclosure

External USB Hard drive enclosures like you show, can either be SATA or IDE, it doesn't matter. All the computer knows is that it is a USB external drive

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I wonder if you can help, I'm looking for a hard drive enclosure for an internal IDE drive. I'm planning on selling my desktop with one of the hard drives removed to use as a backup for my new laptop, any ideas??Thanks

Answer:Hard Drive Enclosure

Looky here:click here

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with a hd enclosure,  where do you set the jumper on the pc hd and where on the ext. hd?

Answer:hard drive enclosure

 jjon...Quotewith a hd enclosure,  where do you set the jumper on the pc hd and where on the ext. hd?You will find the jumper located on the rear of the hard drive ......and there should be the option of setting the jumper to :   Master   Slave   Cable Select dl65  

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I have a 80gb samsung IDE hard drive that I have taken from my twin tuner digital tv recorder will I be able to use it in my pc or an exteral hard drive enclosure. It seems a shame not to find a use for it.

Answer:hard drive enclosure

Yes - but it will need partitioning and formatting

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Hey all

I finally went out and bought a maxtor 40 gig hard drive, and I have a few questions.

First, I set the new drive as slave, and the old drive as master, and elected to copy the contents of the old drive to the new. I am not sure it worked. When I tried booting the system with the new drive only installed, it said a file wasn't found (sys. something) and I needed to insert a startup disk.

I tried booting with the old drive master and new drive slave, and it worked, but I now have 5 gigs free in my old drive (I had 500 megs free before, where did I get the extra space?) and I have about 19 partitions of 2 gigs each.

How can I get rid of all the partitions? Are they really necessary? It's a pain in the butt to have not only drive C, but F, G, H, I, J, K, L, etc. all the way up to V.

I will start over if needed, I just want the best approach possible. A friend of mine said he might be able to let me use his Norton Ghost 2002 program, if that is better then the Maxtor included software.

So basically, any help is appreciated. I am running Windows XP Pro in case anyone needed to know. I just need a step by step tutorial

I am eagerly awaiting your responses. Thanks!

Answer:[SOLVED] Hard drive help needed

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I have a hard drive on my computer marked, D: recovery ... I'm getting an error message that says it's full. It gives me a couple of options for clean up ... 1) this one looks like the standard "Disc Cleanup" on the system tools menu, but it only offers two choices and both of those show no bytes. 2) this looks like the "Add/Remove Programs" feature on the Control Panel.

My problem is what do I remove? Is this all simply back up and can I remove it all? Or do I have to pick between programs? All the programs listed in the menu l;ook to be programs I use in my everyday work...

I've never had a computer or even seen one that had this D: Recovery drive...

Thanks in advance for any help you might be able to kick my way..................Chief

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive help needed....

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I'm having the same issues as this lady. I have two IDE hard drives from older computers that I want to try to recover data from. I got a new enclosure all set up, plugged the first drive in (Drive 5), and it doesn't register under My Computer. I right click My Computer, go to Manage, avoid initializing/formatting the drive, and find that it's offline and unallocated. This is what it looks like.

I right click the drive listing (left side) and click Offline, hoping that'll bring it online. "The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error." Right click the right side, and I see "new simple volume, new spanned volume, new striped volume, properties, help." The latter two are clickable, the rest gray. I do everything the 'net tells me to do: change the jumper to Master, clean it with compressed air, restart the computer, restart the enclosure, reinstall the enclosure driver. Nothing changes.

I try plugging the enclosure into mom's laptop, and "offline" is now grayed out when I right click the left side of the drive listing. On the right side, "new simple volume" is clickable now, but my friend says that will also initialize the drive and erase everything, so I didn't try it. Apart from these differences, everything was exactly the same.

So I use the steps in the thread I linked in the beginning, hoping that the data recovery tool might be able to access the drive. When it scans all devices, however, the enclos... Read more

Answer:new hard drive enclosure, drive doesn't register

What kind of enclosure did you buy? The drives may be genuinely unusable, or it might be a problem with the enclosure.

When I want to salvage data from old drives I use this old tried-and-true Kingwin SATA/IDE->USB 2.0 adapter. Very inexpensive (so you can try it out yourself for minimal cost investment), but very reliable in my own experience. If you have a very large drive (e.g. SATA) that you want to access, it might be worth considering their USB 3.0 version for just a few dollars more because of the much faster USB 3.0 transfer speed.

I wouldn't give up yet on your IDE drives yet until I'd given this other adapter approach a shot. Never failed for me.

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Hey I saw on a tv show awhile back a harddrive enclosure that wasnt like the traditional one you run into best buy. It looked kind of like a toaster, and while it was an external hard drive enclosure, it was open ended at the top, for harddrives to be hot-swappable, and to slide and snap into place with the ide/power supply connectors at the bottom of it, effectively turning harddrives into data cartridges.

This would be immensely useful to have but i can't seem to find anything like it online, only the tradional enclosures that have to be unscrewed and physically taken apart to swap drives in and out.

I did find something called a Console Drive -

which is very close to the looks of it, but acts as an external drive bay you can swap drives in and out of, but still needs a harddrive casing to do so, like any other hot swappable drive solutions

Has anyone seen or heard of this?

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I have a brand new 250 gig Western Digital HD I just had replaced under warranty and bought a USB 2.0 Hard Drive Enclosure to put it in, the problem is that it will only work at USB 1.1. I get the Windows pop-up that says the drive will work better if I plug it into a USB 2.0 port.

I have 2 PC's and they are definately USB 2.0 and it does the same on both PC's. I have 4 other external enclosures that work fine.

I ran a few benchmark tests and it is definately working at 1.1, while the tests show the other drives working at 2.0.

I have checked the enclosure to see if there was any switches to change it to either 1.1 or 2.0 but don't see anything.

The model number of the unit is ET-H3501(USB2.0) and believe it is made by a company called Focus.

Any ideas???


Answer:USB 2.0 Hard Drive Enclosure problem


I am going to take this back to the store tomorrow, but I can tell you exactly what they are going to say - my machine, my drivers, my this, my that and I'll be arguing with the guy for hours.

I took a hard drive out of one of my other enclosures (which does work) and put it in the new one, and sure enough, it runs as USB 1.1. So it's not a HD issue. The other drive also works fine in my other enclosure.

I have also tried it on XP and Win3k on two seperate PC's. An IBM Thinkcenter and an HP - both roughly a year old.


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Trying to access my external hard drive, using my computer. operating system is windows xp sp2. the external hard drive is connected through usb 2.0. in disk management, the drive says it needs to be partitioned but the actual drive itself has already a program running on it. cannot find the drive because it is not shown in my computer and is saying that it is located in location 0. everything connected fine, no problems. computer is the recognizing the hard drive fine and says it installed correctly and ready to use. how can i access this drive without erasing everything off the external hard drive?

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Hi I have an Akasa SATA Hard Drive Enclosue with a 1TB Hitachi drive in it. The drive has about 400GB of HD video broken down into clips no larger than 10GB each.I have been trying to transfer the footage from my enclosure drive to my pc in no more than 50GB at a time using USB2.I haven't been able to transfer all my footage yet as every transfer never finishes as the drive disappears from my machine.I have other enclosures and drives again on USB2 and all work ok. Could it be a problem with the enclosure itself?Many thanksMatt

Answer:Hard drive enclosure problems

I've had 2 or 3 HDD enclosures go belly-up on me - always think it's the HDD but, so far, it's always been the enclosure for me, thank goodness.

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So, here's the situation. I own a computer business. I'm looking to get a "test pc" so that when customer's bring in their virus infected pc's, I can hook their hard drive up as a slave on the "test pc" and scan for viruses. I've been looking at some cheap desktops because the only thing I will be using the pc for is for scanning hard drives.

Now, I've always wanted to have a laptop to carry around to customer sites because of the ease of diagnosing networking problems among other things. So that brings me to this. If I end up getting a laptop, could I just purchase an external hard drive enclsure so that I could still scan hard drives for viruses? I'm not familiar with how these things work. About all I know is that most of them connect to a PC via USB. Any help is much appreciated.

Answer:External hard drive enclosure

i beleive u could a 30$ hdd cooler and enclosure would do it and it hooks up throught usb heres one from
looks good too

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I am looking between NAS system or External Hard Drive Enclosure
the max i can spend is $550

at this moment i have 5 drives that i cant add to my pc as i am max out

I would love to buy Synology DS1513+ Network Storage for $ 800 USD but i dont have the money for it and i cant find older model of it

My next option was drobo 5n $550 more or less but one problem i read this http://www.macdrifte...nology-nas.html which indcate my hard drives will be not avilable on other systems which is big no no

so then my other options are USB 3.0 and eSATA i have 2 unit in mind both are 8 bay

first one is :
Mediasonic H82-SU3S2 ProBox 8 Bay
Mediasonic H82-SU3S2 3.5" Black USB3.0 & eSATA ProBox 8 Bay External Hard Drive Enclosure

Second Option is :
Rosewill RSV-S8 8-Bay

again my system is X64bit and it is AMD

Can someone advise me on which option will be better or if you guys know a unit that will work better that will be great
Thank you

Answer:NAS VS External Hard Drive Enclosure


I would go with second option. I see more options in that and it is cheaper.

These are few of them.

3.5" Drive Bays
8x Hot-Swappable 3.5", up to 4TB each; 2.5" also supported

Access to 8 Hard Drives while using two cables via Port Multiplier function.

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I recently bought a hard drive enclosure for my 300 gb Ide hard drive although recently I tried to connect it into my pc but windows won't recognise it.

I tried it on several other pcs yet it wasn't found. I took the 300gb HD out of the enclosure and yet it worked when connected directly into the pc. Any ideas?

It's a newlink hard drive btw.

Answer:Hard drive enclosure problem

Could you give details about your external hard drive enclosure?

Have you tried setting the hard drive to 'master' in your enclosure?

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We have a dell Inspiron 9300. We didn't back up the hard drive, and because of a problem with the laptop we know we are going to have to restart the computer from factory settings. However, we want to get off some files and pictures from the hard drive first. We were thinking of using an enclosure to do this. Has anyone used one before? How do we know which enclosure will work with our hard drive? Thanks for any help!!

Answer:Using Enclosure to Back up Hard Drive...

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Hi folks,

I bought a cheap hard drive enclosure and a 160 GB hard drive to put in it. Everything works find, but since I hardly use that drive, I tend to leave it unplugged.

I was wondering if anybody knows whether the external drive should be plugged in before the computer is powered on, or if it can be at any time.

I know enough not to randomly unplug the thing while the computer is on, but is it ok to plug it in at any time?


Answer:External Hard Drive Enclosure

I'm assuming that the drive connects to the computer via USB or Firewire. If this is the case, make sure you plug in the power cord before the USB or Firewire cord. It doesn't matter what the power state of the computer is. If your configuration isn't what is listed above, please provide some more detail. Hope this helps!

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ok i bought a Hard Drive Enclosure Case for one my hard drives today but i already see a problem it gets very hot and i know that cant be good for the drive it was only 40 bucks so i got it..can anyone recommend a better one that wont damage the drive from overheating and its affordable between 40-65 dollars if possible

Answer:Hard Drive Enclosure Case

list your CURRENCY DANG IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

oh so many people don't list currency.

back to the topic. Vantec make some very good hdd enclosures. personally i would try and think of ways you could cool the enclosure you have now.

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Acer Aspire AT3-605-UR22with the slide in front bay hard drive enclosure. I have a second hard drive in the front load pull bay. For the life of me i can't figure how to remove the hd from enclosure!OMG-Shawn


Go to Solution.

Answer:Can't remove hard drive from enclosure

  Press the eject button to open the hot-plug HDD coverPress the orange button to disengage the HDD carrier lever.Pull the plastic gently on  both sides of the HDD carrier  then remove the HDD .        Click the Kudos to say ?Thanks? for helping! select "Accept Solution" if your issue is resovled.

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Because of problems with my Desktop I placed my Hard Drive in and Enclosure and connected to my Laptop via USB. I can access many of the files except those that were set up using User Accounts. I get the message that I dont have permission to access those files.The system in the Desktop was XP the system in the Laptop is Vista.Can you help?John

Answer:Placed my Desktop Hard Drive in an enclosure

web search taking ownership of files

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Our computer went out about 2 weeks ago (the cache memory went out) and so we replaced it with a new computer, but we had just purchased and installed a new hard drive 3 months previous. We would like to save our old hard drive and we were told that if we bought an enclosure for it then we can hook it up to the computer, retrieve our files and use it as an external hard drive. My question is I am not sure what size case to buy. I went online and looked at external enclosures and the sizes are 2.5 or 3.5, but when I measured our hard drive it was 5 inches X 5 1/2 X 1/2 ", so now I am not sure what size enclosure I need. If someone could help me I would appreciate that.

Answer:Hard drive enclosure/case

If there is an enclosure sold for that unusual, but once common, hard drive, I don't know where you would find it.
You apparently have one of the very good, but unusually sized hard drives from the 90's that was found in several Gateway, HP, and Compaq computers... They came in various sizes from 3 GB to 12 GB to 20 GB... They will connect fine, but there is no enclosure.
You may need a tech's help, or some body experienced in saving data so you do not damage or lose what you have.
You need, temporarily, an IDE or EIDE computer... not one with a SATA drive...
But you can also use that drive WITHOUT the Enclosure... just the connector if you have total control of your working space.
I can send you a photo, but describing it is cumbersome.
Some enclosured require you to mount the drive (3.5 inches) in the enclose. Some do not.
One end has a power socket and a USB port with a small circuit board that is 4 inches wide and 2 inches long... with power cable and EIDE cable.
This will fit nicely on your hard drive, but it may be difficult for you to know how to do it unless you have experience putting your hands inside the case.
The device costs $27 to $40 depending on where you buy it.
one power cable goes to the power socket on the hard drive. The other cable, an EIDE 80 conductor, 40 connector cable connects to the computer business end of your hard drive.
Then you would place it on a non-conductive surface on a table or desk that will not be used for anything... Read more

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Hi All,

I am in the market to pickup a decent 2.5 inch external USB 3.0 enclosure which is also powered off the USB hub.

Anyone happen to know of a decent one I can get here in the UK?

I would prefer if it is less than 20 but if it can't be helped, so be it.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:USB 3.0 external hard drive enclosure

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Answer:i need drivers for this hard drive enclosure

Hello Redwood, welcome to the forum.

this link may help you to find SBT-EKU25 HDD driver.



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I have just bought a hard drive enclosure for a laptop HDD runing 98se. Niether my new laptop or my PC recognise it. I wish to transfer work from my old laptop which has no floppy or usb. Is the case faulty or have I done something wrong?

Answer:Hard drive enclosure not recognised

The drive as to be setup so you can use it. If you have a XP computer plug the drive in, right click My Computer choose Manage\Disc Management Set the drive up for Fat32 so you can see it in 98se

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I bought a 200GB hard drive about a month ago...attached it to a external drive enclosure (set it as master etc...) and everyhting worked. The hard drive then stopped showing up in my "my computer" section (it was set as P. I bought a new enclosure (best connectivity platinum series) like the one here:

And i connected everything as it should be, drive set as master.
My problem...when i turn on the drive and start the computer the usb and read/write light is shown as on and it should be working but the drive does not show up in my computer or in the drive mangement section of admin tools....

so i have to reformat or something or
maybe a bios option?? PLMK HELP!!!

Answer:*hard drive enclosure problems*

If you hook up the drive internally, to a IDE port, does it work? Maybe the drive has died?

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I recently purchased a new HP computer loaded with Windows 7. This replaced a previous computer that was loaded with Windows XP Home. I want to be able to access the documents and pictures that are on the old hard drive, so I purchased the UHB-330U hard drive enclosure. When I put the previous hard drive into the enclosure and plugged it in, Windows 7 tried to install in automatically, but the installation was not successful.

I understand that I'm supposed to format the hard drive before I can use it, but if I do, all the information will be erased. I do not want this to happen. When I go to My Computer, the hard drive is visible, but when I click on it, all that comes up is Recovery. When I click on that, I get a message from HP to not delete or alter any of these files.

Is there any way, that you know of, that I can access my documents and pictures?

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Hello, I bought an external hard drive enclosure, and when i got home, i hooked everything up and connected it. I got a screen saying "new hardware found" and then it started installing it and i got an error saying that there was an error and it couldnt install.

I checked the manual, and all it said was that with XP there is no installation required, and it didnt include any drivers.

So what do i do now?

Answer:Problem With hard drive enclosure

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Looking to make a inexpensive hard drive backup from an existing working hard drive. Need an enclosure. This one on ebay looks like it will work. Says it will operate with Win Vista, which is what came on my new Dell laptop. So far I'm not overly excited with Vista but maybe it will grow on me. What do you think of this Rocketfish thingie? Is there something better? Is it obselete? Help.BTW, someone told me yesterday that all Windows systems will go obselete in the near future. True??Thanks. Dixieflash

Answer:Rocketfish 3.5 Hard Drive USB Enclosure

You didn't link the EBay page so can't tell if you are lookin' at PATA/Eide or SATA and what price is being asked/bid, new or used, from a reputable dealer or private.  QuoteThis one on ebay looks like it will work.  Sure it does...QuoteBTW, someone told me yesterday that all Windows systems will go obselete in the near future. True??  What's the 'near future'?  MS still supports W2k and will support XP until 2014, Vista till ?  The quote below is extracted from this site...QuoteMicrosoft's support road map currently says that extended support for Windows XP ends in April 2014. You need to be on the latest service pack within one year of its release for continued support, which at this point means you must be running XP Service Pack 2.So the earliest date that XP SP2 support will end is 2014, but history has shown that Microsoft often gives customers a reprieve as these dates draw near. For example, support for Windows 98 was to be dropped in January 2004, but Microsoft extended it by two and a half years to July 2006.XP's life would also be extended if Microsoft were to issue an XP service pack on or after 2013. Microsoft has a tentative date for XP Service Pack 3 in the first half of 2008. If SP3 is released anywhere near on schedule and turns out to be the last service pack for XP, it won't affect XP's 2014 end-of-support date.Ask your 'someone' to quote the source of their info.

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I've already ruined one by trying to fit a HD 5.75" long into the sardine can size enclosure. Is there a special size hard drive made for these exasperatingly cheaply, and HOT devices?
Richard Baldwin

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I'm using a USB 2.0 Hard Drive enclosure.  I successfully managed to use it on my first attempt (stored a bit of music on it) but now it is not listed on "My Computer."When I go to "Device Manager" it is listed under Disk Drives - Visual Disk USB Device.  Its properties state that it is working properly.I've tried uninstalling the driver, but this has made no difference.  As a bit of a novice, I'm sure there is an obvious answer to this problem - please tell me what it is.

Answer:Hard Drive Enclosure Not Found

Right click My Computer and select Manage...then Disk Management...Find the drive and right click it and select Properties...Report back with the results...Hopefully it's not listed as RAW...

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Hello. I have a friend whose iMac's display has gone, so she wants to transfer data from her hard disk to her new iMac. I have removed the hard drive and will put it in enclosure to serve as external hard drive for her. My question is this: Will I be able to put this hard drive into an enclosure with these "prongs" that stick out? (They are actually some sort of screw or something.) I am attaching photos of it.

Answer:iMac hard drive enclosure

jethsy said:

My question is this: Will I be able to put this hard drive into an enclosure with these "prongs" that stick out? (They are actually some sort of screw or something.) I am attaching photos of it.Click to expand...

Usually, they are 4 screws that serve only to hold the HDD in place. They are not part of the circuitry and do not play a role as such in its operation. but they would normally require a torx screwdriver. in some cases the two at the front are a different sort to the pair at the back but this makes no difference, other then requiring two torx heads to unscrew them.

but for a temporary connection and depending on the type of enclosure used, its possible to connect the HDD to the socket of the caddy without putting the hdd into the housing. this would allow for the temporary use of transferring data. the hdd can then be returned to the machine as before.

some folk have tried a pair of piers with cloth between the teeth to unscrew them. if this is not possible try the connection without the caddy cover.

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AM having a tough time getting the PC I'm suing a 64 bit about 1.7Ghz. to recognize a hard drive in a hard drive enclosure. I've tried different pin settings and it didn't work. I think the HD was formatted with NTFS. Does that make a difference? How can files off of this HD, which is partitioned in two sections.?

Answer:Can't use Hard Drive and HD Enclosure to get files off HD/Win XP

If it is an IDE drive, you need to set the jumpers to Master. If it is an SATA drive you may want to set the jumper to force SATA I, some SATA enclosures don't support SATAII.

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I have an external hard drive enclosure that has a hard drive installed in it. I want to make sure the fan in the enclosure is working. I would like to unscrew and open the enclosure and then turn it on to make sure I see the fan running. I would leave the hard drive installed while doing this. Is it okay to do this, or could it damage something?

Also, after I open the enclosure, is it okay if I touch the hard drive while it is running to feel how hot it is.

Answer:Open Hard Drive Enclosure

If the fan is working, you should feel air coming out of the exhaust.
It's ok to touch the HD when it's on as long as you don't touch the control circuit board on the bottom of it.

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I have a 3.5" hard drive setup in an External Hard Drive enclosure. The problem is that the small fan on the back makes a terrible noise, so I have disconnected it.Will the HD be okay with the fan disconnected ?

Answer:External Hard Drive Enclosure

probably is used to stop it over heating doing so may make it over heat and cut might even loose datanot advisable

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I want to rip the home movies off my digital camcorder. My hard drive only have 5 GB on it, so I'm in the market for an external hard drive, however I hate the bulkiness and the need for an AC adapter. I've been exploring other options, including Nomad Zen 60GB MP3 player, but they don't work like a true hard drive where I need to rip the movies and save it directly on the external drive and not my HD first.

After reading a lot of the boards, someone suggested buying a laptop HD and a USB enclosure. My question is, will such a combo require an AC adapter and also is it plug and playable? Does anyone have one and care to share their thought on it? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Laptop hard drive w/enclosure?


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Hello forum members,

I am just debating whether I should buy a NAS RAID Enclosure or just a regular RAID Hard Drive Enclosure.

For the NAS, I was looking at the Synology DS412+ ($600) or the DS1513+ ($800) or the Drobo 5N ($500).
For the regular RAID Enclosures, I was looking at the Drobo 5D ($600) or the Mediasonic ProRaid ($190)

Why should I buy a NAS? I need this for backing-up all of my files (movies, music, documents) and photo-editing (Photoshop and Lightroom). Plus I am using this to back up my tens of thousands of images.

Answer:Should I Buy A NAS or RAID Hard Drive Enclosure?

What is wrong with backing those files to a regular external HDD. For 2TB, that would cost you less than $100.

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