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

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

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

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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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My laptop died (warped motherboard) and have been trying to retrieve the data from my hard drive, got an akasa integral driver (2.5" sata/ide) but the port meant to go into the hard drive is totally different to the hard drive's. This is what my hard drive port looks like, can someone tell me which enclosure I need, thanks

Answer:problems finding correct hard drive enclosure

You have a standard looking SATA drive as shown here. You have two options, either buy a dock, similar to these, but ensure it will take both 2.5" and 3.5" drives, or a SATA caddy for a 2.5" drive, you will need to decide if you want a USB powered unit or with mains power.
The USB caddy is likely to be more easily transported but ensure your ports provide enough power. A dock is more flexible as it will support both sizes od drive and you can swap them as required.

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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.

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


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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'm looking into purchasing a hard drive enclosure/external hard drive...

What's the difference? I have three spare hard drives here; two are clearly marked IDE; and another one that looks like it's probably IDE. But in the stores they have 2.5inch and 3.5inch. what's the difference?

I measured one of the drives, and the "front" side of it is like 4 inches...or is the 2.5/3.5 the diameter of the physical "disk" inside of the enclosure?

Answer:hard drive enclosure/external hard drive

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I want to get a new hard drive and I want it to be external. But I've heard that it's better to get a hard drive and then put it in and external enclosure. Is this true?

What type should I get? (SATA, Ultra - ata or what?)

Does anybody have a brand they would reccomend?

Answer:hard drive in external enclosure

It is cheaper to get a hard drive and then buy an external enclosure. Here is a great resource for making your own:

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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

Moving Forward...

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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'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

Answer:Hard Drive for External USB 2 Enclosure

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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 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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Answer:External Enclosure $ Hard Drive.

Basicaly , just connect the USB cable from the external hdd to the USB port on the laptop, power up the hdd external drive and window will say " found new hardware" and either in My Computer or in Windows Explorer will see the new drive. Before you'll start using the external hdd as a backup or whatever, right click on the hdd and choose FORMAT option then format the drive. Be aware that if you want to use the external hdd as a "one big chunk ( as in 200 gigs) will need to format it as NTFS. If you need FAT32 will need to partition the drive.

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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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What would be better to get, an internal drive and a drive enclosure or an external hard drive? I'm looking to get something that can connect with both eSata and Usb 2.0. I'm looking at getting a 500gb drive (sata?). What are the pros and cons of each? It would be used for backup for both my desktop as well as my laptop. I also may be doing some work off of it, and hosting iso files on it that will be mounted on occasion.

Answer:Drive enclosure or external hard drive?

I would go with the external as it will be a lot easier to move from one computer to the other

Here are 8 different ones that are 500GB external usb2.0/esata

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Hi Guys,

I have just bought an USB external hard drive enclosure that I am trying make work.
I am using the Hard Drive from a laptop that was running on Windows XP (I believe NTFS not 100% sure) for the USB external hard drive enclosure.

I connected it to my PC which is running Windows ME (I know its FAT32). I can see the USB External Hard Drive as E. Drive but cant access my old files. When I click on the E Drive it tells me to if I want to reformat now. And that is all.

I definately would not want to reformat it, I would like to access my old files on the drive without reformatting. Please help me out with this.


Answer:Difficult seeing USB External Hard Drive Enclosure

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I thought it was SATA and just ordered one and got it and it doesn't fit.the model number is:IC25N040ATCS04-0I got a SATA 2.5 just now and the bar is longer. On it i see it says ATA/IDE.I thought sata was flat and the IDE was two rows of pins that stick out. This has flat across and on one end it has a very short row of pins. So what do i need? i can upload a pic if you need... maybe I just need a 3.5 instead of 2.5?

Answer:what size external enclosure do i need for this hard drive?'s a doesn't look like the other connectors on the enclosures that i've seen?

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Hi allAs per my previous post regarding which hard drive to purchase, I have now decided to purchase the 750GB Seagate Hard Disk Drive IDE ATA100 7200rpm 16MB cache Retail: -click hereThe question that I have is this: -Will this drive fit okay into the External USB2 Enclosure, which I have also purchased without any size or 48bit LBA limitations?The External Enclosure is the Techworx 3.5" Aluminium USB 2.0 & Ethernet HDD Enclosure: -click hereWill this combination work?I would like to this combo with my Pentium 4 computers (2 of them) - one is 3.2Ghz and the other is 2.4Ghz. I have got all of the latest drivers and Windows Updates applied.Both PCs can use USB2 okay.Please let me know - all responses gratefully received.Regards

Answer:External USB Hard drive/Enclosure query

As far as i'm aware the LBA is all taken care of by the HD itself , what it "outputs" is standard so can be recognised by any standard ATA controller, just dont make the common mistake of IDE enclosure , and SATA HD haha

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A couple of weeks ago, I bought a new 1 TB Seagate drive and installed it in an external enclosure. It ran a little over an hour and then quit. Could not revive it.

Yesterday, I bought another one but this time got the 1.5 TB model. It ran 45 minutes and then stalled. After that, I tried to reformat it and could not do it.

When this drive was turned on with no attempts to do anything to it, it light was blinking contantly as if there was some drive activity going on when none should have been taking place.

The box called it an "internal" drive but I cannot think of any reason that these should fail in an external enclosure.

Today, I am going to install it internally and see if it works there.

Am I missing something here or do I have a second defective drive?

Answer:Problem with new hard drive in external USB enclosure

More then likely it's the external case you have that's causing the issue not the drives. External drive cases are horriably unreliable particularly the cheaper ones. Many of them also don't support drives over 750GB, you can check the manual to see if that's the case with yours.

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I have installed an 80 gig hard drive in an enclosure that was in a XP 32 bit Dell. The drive just contains data (it was a slave). I have reset the jumpers to "master" as instructed. The drive seems to fire up and is recognised by Win 7 64 bit on my new pc as USB to IDE bridge, USB mass storage device but I cannot access it either through explorer or indeed trying to search for files. Could this be related to the drive being NTFS formatted for the 32 bit XP? I would appreciate any help, I have tried windows support but not had any real joy.

Answer:External hard drive enclosure not working in Win 7

Has the drive been allocated a drive letter. Right click on "My Computer" select "Manage" select "Disk Management" and in the right hand pane see if the disk has a drive letter, if not right click the drive and select "change drive letter" and select a letter.

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I have a Toshiba 2.5 inch hard drive, MK1253GSX HDD2H04 F VL01 S. I went to Toshiba's web site to see what model External Hard Drive Enclosure would fit it, the site suggested STAR TECH SAT2510 BU2E, which was on their site. I purchased it from some where for a better price. My problem is that the female part of the enclosure where the hard drive is supposed to plug in, isn't even close to fitting. The pins on the hard drive look to be about twice the size of where they are supposed to plug in, and don't align any way. Does anyone know what enclosure does fit the hard drive mentioned above. I had to order it online, because I couldn't find anyone that carried them in stock, and I don't want to just take a shot in the dark and end up with another one that doesn't fit. Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Answer:Wrong External Hard Drive Enclosure / Help!

That appears to be a Toshiba 2.5in 128GB SATA3.0 drive.

The enclosure (the one recommended) appears to be this one: ...and should work with that HDD. Are you sure the one you received is the EXACT same model? It's not uncommon for different models to have similar parts numbers.

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My friends laptop is no longer booting, and I need to take the data off the hard drive before a reformat. My plan was to connect the hard drive to my laptop using an enclosure so I could copy the data over, reformat, then copy back.

However, when I connected the hard drive to my laptop via the enclosure, my laptop didn't show it as an additional drive. A light is on the hard drive enclosure, so I know there's power to it, and my laptop installs the drivers for both the hard drive and enclosure, so I know the laptop is properly connected

Like I said though, I'm not getting any option to actually use it as an additional drive

So what am I doing wrong and how do I fix it?

Any and all help would be massively appreciated

PS. My operating system is Vista

Answer:External Hard Drive Enclosure Not Detected

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I have a firewire external enclosure with a 60gb hdd, which I have not had connected for some when I connect it is not shown in My Computer. The taskbar icon shows it has a connection and when I click, it opens the unplug hardware window with the yellow exclamation mark on it!!The unit worked fine previously, can anyone explain what the problem may be?Thanks for any help!

Answer:Hard drive external enclosure problem....


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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'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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Hello again,

Now let's say i buy a SATA hard drive and an external hard drive enclosure, can the hard drive still be detected on any pc? (ie: a pc based on PATA technology that uses IDE hard drives, mac, P3's, P4's, etc). Meaning will it work if I take it and use it on someone elses pc? I currently still have a Pentium 3 1.4Ghz pc that uses IDE hard drives. The reason I thought of getting a SATA hard drive with an enclosure (not even sure which one to look for), is because I've heard SATA drives are faster, and there a lot cheaper too. Older IDE drives cost a bit more now just becausing they're fading away. I want something like a 400GB drive to be able to take on the go as I work with a lot of files when I am out and I'm sick of carrying cdr's, dvd's, or emailing files to myself.

My friend said this:
If there is a sata usb enclosure than yes it will work on any pc. Because its going to the usb, but if your usb is usb 1 then there is no point in grabbing a sata unless your getting a deal on it.

Hmmm I don't really understand his answer. I just want a drive and an enclosure so I can take this thing everywhere I go, have it work on any pc, and than take it home and have it work here. A friend of mine has one where he just plugs it to the pc by usb and the pc recognizes it right away and it shows up on the screen. I assume thats plug and play technology but I dunno if all come with them. I want one so bad!

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Answer:Can Any Hard Drive & External Enclosure Work On Any Pc?

Hi. I think that you may have been asking one question, and your friend was answering another. I believe a SATA drive is considerably faster than an ide drive. I think what he was trying to get at is that the USB 1.1 interface is pretty slow, and the SATA drive would have to wait on the USB 1.1 interface to transfer data. The enclosure manufacturer should state exactly what you need to know, in terms of what enclosure to go with which type of hard drive, and MAC/PC compatibility. Good night and good luck.

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I listined & bought 2 of the Hitachi Deskstar 500GB 3.5" SATA II drives on sale the other week at $49 ea.
Now I am looking for 2 eSATA External Hard Drive Enclosure's to house my new drives.
I just cant pay more for the box then I did for the drives, some of these enclosure's are worth upwards of 50 or 60 dollars + tax+ shipping.
I'm havin heart Palputations over this one.
Where in Canada -R- the less expensive boxes -2 - B - found that wont fry my new drives from heat over load ???

Answer:Need Two eSATA External Hard Drive Enclosure's

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I've been looking for information but cant seem to find too much about it.

So far it seems I have 2 sata port available and 3 44 pins ones ( as shown in my previous thread )

Does this mean I am safe for most Enclosures that use Sata 3.5 ( Im assuming theres a manual or something to show where i need to connect and how )

And what enclosure brands ( given i am in the uk ) would you recommend to ensure I have the best chance of success ?

this one got good reviews on amazon but Im worried the lead would be too short - then again Im not really sure how long they need to be.



Answer:How to install an External Hard Drive / Enclosure ?

almost any enclosure will do, as long as it has SATA/eSATA and USB

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I have a pair of identical external USB drive enclosures. They're both Dynex DX-HDEN10 enclosures. One is just a spare. I've been using a WD 250GB drive in one of them for about a year without any problems. A few days ago I turned it on and it sounded as though the power was being interrupted to the drive momentarily, every 5-10 seconds. As a troubleshooting measure I moved the drive over to the spare enclosure and connected it to the same original power supply. It worked fine.

Assuming there was a power problem in the first enclosure, I connected it back to the same power supply (without the drive) and attached my DMM at the Molex connector. On the +12V line I get about +12.5V. On the +5V line I only get about +4.6V, but that's still within a 10% tolerance (barely).

I thought the low voltage on the +5V line might be the culprit, so I attached the DMM to the spare enclosure in the same way (removed the drive, used the same power supply). The voltage supplied on both lines was identical to the first enclosure! So now I have one power supply feeding either of two identical enclosures, and the resulting voltage at the Molex plug is identical in both. Yet, one enclosure keeps cycling the drive and the other doesn't. My Fluke DMM has a min/max/avg function, and in all tests I let it monitor the voltage for a couple of minutes on the "min" setting so I could see whatever the lowest voltage was.

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Answer:External USB hard drive enclosure problem

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I put my old hard drive into an external enclosure.(XP home) How can I transfer my files to my new laptop?

Windows 7 says to export the transfer utility to my old computer. My old computer won't boot up. I think the motherboard fried.

Is there any way to import these files for transfer into my laptop from the (now) external hard drive?

I tried importing pics and finding my music. Access was denied on the "import pics" command, and I cant even see my music libraries.

I used my creative mediasource5 sniffer to search for MP3's on my external drive E. It found hundreds of little sound bites from the program files, but not my music that is in the old creative mediasource5 libraries and Windows media player library.

Many of my documents aren't showing up when I browse the files on my old hard drive E.

I need some help, please.


Answer:I salvaged my old hard drive to an external enclosure.(

If the drive isn't damaged, it should be as easy as plugging the external enclosure into your Windows 7 computer, then browsing the files. Are you able to use Windows Explorer to view the directories and files on the external drive?

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I'm having a hard time finding an external enclosure for my IDE hard drive (the larger desktop size of drive) that I can hook up through a USB port. If you can link me to a page of them, or one or two that aren't designed for the smaller sized drives, that would help me out a bunch.

Answer:Please help me find an external hard drive enclosure

Something like this that's assuming it's 3.5 inch drive OR if you don't mind to look at the internal drive a Docking station might well suit your needs ??

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I just removed the internal hard drive from an old Dell Inspiron N5010. The hard drive says, "Seagate Momentus 5400.6 500 GB" What external case should I order that would be compatible with this hard drive so I can access the information on it? Thank you!!

Answer:What external hard drive enclosure should I order?

Just buy a docking station. This way all you have to do is drop in the HDD into the caddy and off you go. They fit 2.5 and 3.5 inch HDD's.

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Is it safe to turn on a external enclosure with no hard drive installed? The reason I ask is I have a memory card that I want to read and the computer I am using does not have a card reader and the external enclosure does.

I know this might be a dumb question but I would rather be safe than sorry.

Answer:Turning on an external enclosure with no hard drive

Shouldn't be a problem..

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Hello all,

I have a very tired samsung X20 laptop. It has: 1.7 ghz, 2 gig ram, 250 gig western digital hard drive WD2500BEVE - with IDE type connection. Windows xp home with sp3.

All has been rosey untill the connection where hard drive is placed onto the motherboard was broken. Not a problem I though as I have an enclosure to put the drive in then connect using the usb. All wired up I turned the computer on, nothing in the drive bay and the same hard drive in the enclosure connected via usb.

The first screen is windows telling me it didn't shut down correctly and asking if I wish to load in safe mode, with or without networking etc or just to continue as normal. First choice was to load as normal. The usual loading sequence begins and the windows sign is shown with the blue(?) pulsing bar below. Great all looking good... no! Then I get a quick flash of horrid blue screen, less than a second, followed by the computer restarting becoming a repetitions cycle. Other load options create the same results.

So the question is how can I use the same drive everything already installed just how I like it with it outside the computer?

Slow driver so please talk very loud!

I'm sure there are many years in the old girl so please help me see her through!

Thanks, Benson

Answer:How do I run windows from external hard drive enclosure?

Windows will not run from a external hard drive, it has to be a permanently installed drive.

If you stuck you could run a free linux distro like Ubuntu from a external drive or a live CD.

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Hi folks,

Can someone tell me what exactly an external hard drive enclosure does?

I have two possibilities in my mind:

1) Simply protects an external hard drive
2) Allows you to use an internal hard drive outside of the case

My computer case can only hold 1 internal hard drive at a time (using 80 GB), and I've got an old 40 Gb hard drive lying around. Instead of just throwing both away and buying a bigger drive, I was hoping to put the 40 Gb to use.

My hope is that an external enclosure tricks the spare hard drive into thinking that it is inside the case by converting the default data cable into USB 2.0.

Can someone tell me if this is really the case?

Thank you

Answer:Newbie Question on External Hard Drive Enclosure

You are on the right track;
-the enclosure protects a normal internal ide HDD
-provides cooling and ide terminal connection via USB/firewire
-There is no tricking going on; The USB will recognize and mount the HDD to you computer and the HDD can be accessed and utilized exactly like any other HDD.
There are some small limitations ,but I would not worry it is a very handy thing to use.

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About a month ago I posted a problem I was having with my very old Dell Dimension giving me an FDC failure error instead of booting up. I tried every recommended solution multiple times before finally giving up and deciding to just get a new computer rather than throw good money after bad.

I bought a new Dell Inspiron 530s from Dell Outlet (thanks for the rec, Compaq_) which I received earlier this week. My plan was to take out the old hard drive and use it as a secondary drive on the new one, until I discovered that wouldn't be possible because the Inspiron isn't compatible with PATA.

Eh, no problem, I'll just turn it into an external drive instead. So I bought an Acomdata external enclosure, followed the installation instructions carefully, and connected the external hard drive to the new desktop through the USB port. The computer won't recognize the drive. I tried it on my laptop and had the same problem: not recognized and not listed in the device manager. The LED on the enclosure lights up but the drive isn't spinning or powering up at all.

Could it be that my hard drive is actually dead when all along I thought my motherboard was fried?

Is there any way I can recover the data on the drive?

Answer:Dead hard drive...or faulty external enclosure?

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I cant figure this one out. I have a Roswill RX35 External IDE case, my Hitachi 250GIG 7200rpm ATA/IDE hard drive works fine in the case.

My daughter has a Maxtor 250gig PATA 133 HD , I tried to use in this case , but it wont power up, whats the difference between the ATA/IDe and the PATA/133. I know her drive is fine, she forgot her power supply to use it external.

Answer:Hard drive wont power up in External Enclosure

PATA = IDE = ATA and so on in the simplest of terms.

Anyways, check the amperage pull on her drive, it could be a bit to much for the enclosure your using it in.

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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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Please could someone help. I have managed to plug in my old hard drive to try a retrieve data from it. The hard drive is showing up as E recovery but I do not know how to transfer the data over that I want to keep. The laptop is asking to format the drive but if I do this the data will be wiped.

Answer:external enclosure hard drive showing as E recovery

If you access Disk Management, what does it say about the drive. How many partitions does it show and is one of them shown as RAW or unallocatted?

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i bought a trix hard drive enclosure/case for my 2.5 250GB hard drive. I connected everything up and inserted the hard drive usb into my laptop but windows will not show the drive in my computer. It does make the beeping noise telling me its detected the drive and it also shows in device management.

The strange thing is i tried installing linux on it and it did, but the computer will not boot into it from the enclosure, but does from the hard drive. Ive also tried it on 2 computers and both will not assign the drive and give it a drive letter.

Answer:external hard drive enclosure will not show/load

You can't boot from a USB drive without some extensive procedures. If you format the drive as NTFS and create a new simple partition, you should be able to assign it a drive letter and it be visible in windows.

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What size External Hard Drive Disk Enclosure do I need?

My trusty old Dell Latitude d600 finally died on me - the monitor and screen needs replaced and it would be cheaper to buy a new laptop (apparently).

I want to take the HD out to retrieve my stuff - which size of portable External Hard Drive Disk Enclosure do I need? My new laptop is a Dell Inspiron 6000 and the HD looks the same as my old one.

Do I need a 2.5" enclosure (like this one);

or a 3.5" size like this?;

hope u can help! thanks in advance

Answer:What size External Hard Drive Disk Enclosure do I need?

Laptop drives are 2.5".

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I have a Laptop running Win98 1st. Ed. It's on it's 2nd hard drive. The first was a IBM Travelstar (model# DKLA-24320). It was replaced when the Stone Monkey Virus made it impossible to access the dirve.

Now I am looking for what I think is called an external hard drive caddy or enclosure. I would like to place the old hard drive in the external caddy or enclosure. The caddy or enclosure would have to be either Parallel, USB or PCMICA adaptable. I am hoping to then be able to access the old hard drive that way.

Is there such a Caddy or enclosure, does it go by any other name? If there is such a device please tell me the proper name and where I can find them.

I'd also like to know whether, this sounds like a possible way to access an old laptop hard drive?


Answer:laptop Hard Drive External Caddy or Enclosure

You can pick up USB external disk cases for peanuts for 2.5" disks. I use them for traveling storage. Here's one typical example:

Note that you may need a cheap +5V adapter to use this case, you can buy them in the $20 range with the supply included. is your friend.

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Hey there, I have been using the same external enclosure for quite a few months now with no problems at all. I bought a new hard drive the other day (Western Digital SATA 80GB WD800JD), connected it to my PC like a normal HDD, and formatted it to NTFS using EASEUS Partition Master 6.1.1 Professional. I have scanned it for bad sectors via Partition Master, and ran chkdsk; all concluding with no errors.

I connected the HDD to the enclosure like normal, and it worked for a few times. Then last night I tried it and it didn't work. I was originally plugging it into the USB port located near the power button, so I tried using a USB port on the panel round the back, which kind of worked. It said it had to be formatted, so I tried formatting it but an error arose reading "The request could not be performed because of an i/o device error". I switched the enclosure off, waiting a few seconds, then back on again. The light was still on, and it seemed the same appearance-wise, but now it's not being detected in any USB ports on my PC. The USB connect "babum" sound plays, but nothing happens. It no longer shows up in any partition software and in Computer. Also, in Device Manager, it's listed under Disk Drives as 'USB Device', with its status being "This device is working properly."
I connected it to a laptop I got my hands on, and the sound plays, with it not being recognized. It runs Windows the same Windows OS version too, and whe... Read more

Answer:External Hard Drive Enclosure Stopped Being Detected

It's my experience that enclosures are less reliable than the HDs that we put in them ..
Assuming you get a good brand of HD .. (WD Black series are my favorite)

Sounds like you've tried every thing except try the HD in another enclosure.
For this reason .. I always have a spare enclosure.

And Welcome to the TSG Forum

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I've got an internal 200gb seagate hard drive that i'm putting into an enclosure and running it via usb. what location do I need to have that little jumper in if this is how you are looking at the drive if I just want to use it as extra storage? :

::::::::::::::::::: :::: ****

it is currently in the second position-> ::::

edit: do i need to format the drive, first?

Answer:Internal Hard Drive in External Enclosure Problems

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I purchased an acomdata 509 external hard drive enclosure a couple days ago.

I connected the drive to my computer via a usb cord. It isn't recongnizing the enclosure/drive at all. There is nothing in my device manager etc..

I have attempted to install the driver that came with the enclosure, but was given a message that said it didn't need to install the driver as it was already compatible.

This hard drive had some issues (I don't recall now what they were), which is why I installed a new hard drive on my pc. I was hoping that I might be able to draw some information from the external drive and save to my new drive. (I am specifically looking for photo's/movies and some excel spreadsheets.)


Answer:Acomdata 3.5" external hard drive enclosure

Welcome to MajorGeeks! So do I have this right, you have a problem hard drive that you put in an enclosure and it is not seen by the 'puter? Have you tried the diagnostic stuff that most hard drive companies have? If you can post what kind of hard drive, we can find a diagnostic program for you.


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First of all Im not big on technical hardware issues but today I bought a Samsung 160gb external hard drive (in an enclosure) for my Toshiba M200 laptop which is running Windows Vista basic. Although Vista detects and installs drivers for the hard drive..the drive does not appear in 'Computer'. I go to 'Disk Management' and I am unable to intialise or format the drive (screen is attached). The drive appears as unreadable and unallocated. Can you help me fix this problem?

Answer:External hard drive (new) enclosure and Vista problem

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Hope I have given this thread the right description.

This is the situation.

I have today removed the hard drive "Seagate SATA 500 GB " from my old (dead) DELL Inspiron M 501R laptop ( windows 7 SP 1 )

I am going to buy an external enclosure to move all the data ( hopefully ) to my other HP windows 7 SP 1 professional laptop.

When I succeed in this and all the data from the DELL are on the HP, could I then afterwards remove all the old data from the HP on the hard drive from the DELL. In other words, could I do a 100% swap ?

Make the HP an windows 7 SP 1 ?

I would first formate the DELL hard drive completely clean. ( After successfully having transferred EVERYTHING to the HP. )

Could I do this by using Macrium Reflect ?

Is this a silly idea ?

You might ask why ? Just so that if it does not work I can move it all back ?

Thanks for any help in advance.

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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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hello -

my power supply for my old external hard drive went kaput. i really need to be able to access my data on my drive, and i couldn't find just a power supply online; i had to i had to buy a whole new enclosure.

now heres my question: the power supply that came with the new enclosure is exactly the same as the old one, except for one thing:

the old power supply's output was 12v - 1.5A
5v - 1.5A
and the new one is: 12v - 2A
5v - 2A

will using this power supply on my old drive/enclosure hurt the drive? would taking the old drive out of its enclosure and putting it in the new enclosure ensure nothing gets hurt? i just really can't afford to lose the data on said drive, so any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:another external hard drive enclosure/power supply question

Putting the old drive into the new enclosure will be fine. The new enclosure might require more power than your old one simply because it's using a different design or different parts. E.g. Different controller, different manufacturer, different power needs for the controller.

Nothing to be worried about there. The same amount of power will still end up going to your drive.

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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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Hi all,

Basic summary - I put together a home theater PC (HTPC) a few months ago, the internal hard drive started out ok, then started clicking with long load times, now the PC will only turn on (no image to monitor) and loud hard drive clicking. However, when I moved hard drive to external enclosure, hard drive clicked for 15 minutes, and is now silent. What's going on?

Sys Info for Helpful Laptop - (running Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit) (note - this is for the laptop I'm connecting the external hard drive via USB to, NOT the PC that the hard drive was in)
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU P8600 @ 2.40GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3002 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400 Series , 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 141124 MB, Free - 22170 MB; F: Total - 715301 MB, Free - 537492 MB; G: Total - 99 MB, Free - 71 MB; Q: Total - 9999 MB, Free - 3228 MB; S: Total - 1499 MB, Free - 616 MB;
Motherboard: LENOVO, 2764CTO, Not Available, VF29T9693B3
Antivirus: AntiVir Desktop, Updated and Enabled

Sys Info for Problematic Desktop (running Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit)
Antec MicroFusion Remote 350 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
ASUS M4A78L-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 760G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Athlon II X2 240 AM3 2.8GHZ 2MB 45NM 65W 4000MHZ Pib
Sapphire Radeon HD 5570 - 1 GB DDR3 HDMI/DVI-I/VGA PCI-Expre... Read more

Answer:Seagate internal hard drive clicks when in PC, but not when in external enclosure?

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My problem is that I finally got a new PC running Windows 7 Ultimate and I'd like to transfer my old movies/mp3's/anime etc from my previous 200-220gb hard drive which is partitioned into two nearly equal halves. When I hook up my hard drive into my external enclosure and then plug everything in I go to My Computer and see that maybe 75% of the time 1 of 2 partitions show up. I can access this partition (labeled Local Disk E in the image below) and have been through everything and have mostly copied over whatever I needed (it was a slow and tedious process with all the stupid permissions and taking ownership of everything). Now when I try to hook up my external drive and change USB slots, I sometimes manage to get my other partition to show up (labeled Local Disk G in the image below). I cannot access Local Disk G for whatever reason, it just keeps spinning and spinning as if it were attempting to constantly access the data stored there. I usually have to force close and shut off the enclosure to retry it and attempt it again and again, but this time I was given an message which said "G:\ is not accessible. The parameter is incorrect. I don't know what to do, I really desperately need what's on there, I'll have lost over two years worth of downloads, family photos, game mods and a lot of other things I don't even remember because it's been nearly a year since the last time I used the hard drive. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in ... Read more

Answer:Trouble accessing hard drive partition(s) through external enclosure

This has been my observation also. The USB adapters vary in quality. Testing does not produce consistent results, indicating some instability with the adapters.You did not mention what make and model of enclosure you have. Enclosure made by top brand names have a one-year warranty. Unknown brands seldom have more that a 90 day warranty.It may be necessary to get another USB adapter for your hard drive; which is better than junking the hard drive. Chesapeake that I am, I kept buying cheap natters until I got one that worked. Went through at least five or six of them.Example: At Tiger direct an external IDE/USB adapter is $20. But at Newegg a somewhat different  brand name device is $45.  The One at new egg requires you to use your own power supply. For a reason; the winningly meager supply you get with the $20 device will power a HDD only under a full moon. 

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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 have been looking for a 2TB portable external hard drive with USB 3.0 or equivalent. I'm now thinking seriously about getting a WD:

I'm hearing on other threads that external drives are not built for continuous use (cooling has been mentioned as an issue) and that one needs to go the more expensive route of an internal hard drive in a separately purchased enclosure.

I would prefer having a secondary hard drive running concurrently with my computer. I know cooling devices are available for the internal HDD + enclosure combinations. Are they available for external hard drives?

I intend to have online backup to supplement hardware backup.

Comments on this dispute?

Present :Windows XP
Home Edition
Version 2002
Service Pack 3

Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.66GHz
x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9
2.05 GB of RAM
Graphics Card: Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV
Graphics Controller, 64 Mb
Hard Drive Size 114.4GB
Free Space 37.2 GB
Motherboard: Dell Computer Corp., 0G1548
Antivirus : avast!

Intending to move as soon as I find one to a new laptop with state of the art home user processing, at least 1 TB hard drive, and at least 8 GB RAM.

Answer:Your view on backup with external hard drive vs. internal HDD in an enclosure?

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I have been looking for a 2TB portable external hard drive with USB 3.0 or equivalent. I'm now thinking seriously about getting a WD:

I'm hearing on other threads that external drives are not built for continuous use (cooling has been mentioned as an issue) and that one needs to go the more expensive route of an internal hard drive in a separately purchased enclosure.

I would prefer having a secondary hard drive running concurrently with my computer. I know cooling devices are available for the internal HDD + enclosure combinations. Are they available for external hard drives?

I intend to have online backup to supplement hardware backup.

Comments on this dispute?

Present :Windows XP
Home Edition
Version 2002
Service Pack 3

Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.66GHz
2.66 Ghz. 2.00 GB of RAM
Hard Drive Size 111.72 GB
Free Space 37.3 GB

Intending to move as soon as I find one to a new laptop with state of the art home user processing, at least 1 TB hard drive, and at least 8 GB RAM.

Answer:Your view on subject of external hard drive vs. internal HD in an enclosure?

Personally, I prefer buying a highly rated bare drive and placing it in a fan cooled enclosure - especially if it will be running for hours at a time.

The best internal drives (like WD Caviar Black or RE series) have a five year warranty, versus 1-2 years for pre-built external drives. To me, it's worth a few extra bucks versus taking chances on losing data due to an overheating drive.

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hi there i have a laptop here that crashed so i removed the hard drive and plugged it into an enclosure every file comes up like normal except for the user profiles in which the my documents and so on are in, this has never happened me before and have done it many times before without this problem, can anyone give me any suggestions? could it be a virus hiding them or maybe deleted themselves some how?????

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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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Hello. I'm running into a problem with my PC connecting to one of my external hard drives and I'm not sure how to fix it. I have two external hard drives and both of them used to work just fine, but about a week ago I updated the USB drivers and ever since then the smaller external drive (a Wolverine drive) is no longer being found. The PC's running Windows 10, if it helps.

The Wolverine drive has two USB plugs on the cord to receive power from the PC (it doesn't have a separate power cord), and when I turn on my computer the hard drive does start up and turn on. If I unplug either of the two USB plugs the computer makes the USB chime sound, and if I plug either back in it makes the chime again, so the computer is finding that I'm plugging them in or unplugging them, but for whatever reason the drive isn't showing up anymore.

It used to show up as "Wolverine (L" in my computer's list of connected hard drives but it's not listed anymore.

I've tried looking up information online and most places just say to uninstall the USB drives through the Device Manager and then let them reinstall but, for whatever reason, my computer has about 28 different listings under the Universal Serial Bus controllers drop-down and I have no idea which to uninstall, and my mouse and keyboard are both USB-connected so if I uninstalled all of the drivers listed I'm not sure that I would be able to log back into my computer account after ... Read more

Answer:Computer Not Finding External Hard Drive

Sometimes just jiggling the cable works. Try going to search, type in Computer Management then go to Disk Management and see if it shows up there. Have you used the two drives together on this computer before?

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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?

Answer:Hard drive enclosure for Thinkpad 770Z 14.1 IDE hard drive

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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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 found this dvd player with a USB port, but I really don't even know it it's even close to what I'm looking for. I have an external hard drive that I was hoping to be able to play avi files from.

My external hard drive is formatted MAC OS Extended (Journaled). I don't know if that's important.

I was hoping for the dvd player to be able to play discs that avi files had been burned to as well, if possible. Like playing a data disk. I've read in other places that there is an explorer type set up on a lot of dvd players like that where you can just select what type of disk or video you're trying to play and it will work like that.

I've tried burning disks to dvd format, but conversion takes FOREVER. I've also tried hooking my computer up to my tv, but had some issues with that as well. I figure this is the last resort. It's probably the easiest solution as well, but buying a new dvd player was more expensive than the other two options. Although in retrospect it was probably much more worth it to have just gone this route in the first place.

I'm also hoping for a simple process. You know, plug the hard drive into the dvd player and up come some sort of menu. I do realize that that might not be the case though, and I may have some work cut out for me.

Any help would be HUGELY appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

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Hi, i really hope someone can help.

I have a Windows 7 Laptop which i bought in January, at the same time i bought a WD 2TB external hard drive to back up all my files onto (last laptop broke and i lost everything so decided to keep everything off the laptop itself)

This has been working fine for me until last week. I was using my laptop with the hard drive plugged into the USB port transfering files across when the hard drive suddenly disappeared off my laptop. since then when i plug in the external hard drive the laptop doesnt recognise that there is any hardware there. I have tried plugging in other USB devices and they work fine so pretty sure it isnt the USB port thats damaged and i have tried searching for new hardware in the control pannel but it doesnt find anything. I have also done the right click on my computer and go to manage to change the disk number that have seen suggested on other forums but it doesnt show up on there so cant change anything there
The light on the hard drive comes on and starts flashing as soon as i plug the USB into the computer but doesnt show up at all. i have tried restarting the laptop and reinstalling the drivers but this hasnt helped at all

Couple some please help me figure out what i need to do to sort it out? i am getting pretty desperated because all of my files are stuck on it!

Answer:My Windows 7 Laptop Has Stopped Finding My WD External Hard Drive

Try to uninstall & install the wd external driver files.

restart and check it...!

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Hi there,

I won't get too deeply into the harrowing saga of how two external hard drives of mine died within days of each other. Rather, I'll just say that I would like to do a virus scan on several external hard drives (including/especially the one I just got to replace the others). In other words, I want to find out if there was a virus or something in the material that I'm putting on the hard drives that makes them die. Could this be possible? If so, how can I conduct a virus scan specifically on the external drives?


Answer:Scanning an external hard drive for viruses? External Hard drive DRAMA!

In My Computer . . right click the external drive and select Scan with { name of AV }

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I am trying to move all my files from my computer to my new external hard drive, but whenever I try and move a file over 4 GB in size i get this error message...
"The file is too large for the destination file system"... anyone know how I can get around this so I can move those files over?

Answer:Problem transfering large file from hard drive to external hard drive

Get ahold of some software that will break up the file into chunks.

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I see it can be done from an installed to an external, but can it be done in reverse, taking the external cased hard drive and cloning it to an internal? The old hard drive is from an xp laptop, and I can aquire another xp laptop if I can clone this way. Perhaps if I set the enclosure hard drive as master? All ideas are greatly appreciated. Many thanks

Answer:Clone a laptop hard drive from an external case to an internal hard drive

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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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I recently formatted my c drive and now i am reinstalling all the software. I keep all the setups of software in my external hard drive. For installing the software I coy the setup folder of the required software on my laptop, then install it.

Is straightaway installing the software by accessing the external hard drive okay? Does it make any difference in the installation time or any reduction in life of hard disk performance.

Or should I always install through my laptop hard drive?

I am running windows 8.1 pro

Answer:installation software from external hard drive or internal hard drive

Your method is as good as any. If it works, keep doing it.

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I bought a esata-sata cable and tried to connect a esata external hard drive througn a sata 2nd hard drive caddy. The result is that my T42 can not detect the external hard drive. The caddy, cable, and the external hard drive are all functional with other setups. As I know, the signal of esata and sata are the same. It should be just passing through. I don't understand why it fails. I observed that both the leds on the caddy and above the caddy are lighting when I boots T42. However, both leds dims after that. Any suggestion?PS. I know using a pcmcia will be easier. However, several reviews confirmed that the writing speed is limited to 30 MB/s through pcmcia. The writing speed on the caddy is at least 55 MB/s when I tested it with a 2.5 in hard drive.

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I need an external hard drive for taking regular backups of all of my data.
When i searched the internet I got two options:
1. Porable HDD [high cost, slower speed but don't need external power]
2. Desktop HDD [low cost, higher speed but need external power]

I want to know that...
1. Which hard disk's live longer? Porable or Desktop.
2. I heared that pulling off USB cable of Portable HDD may cause data lose because it also supplies power to hdd.
What will happpen if Power goes off from Desktop HDD? Will my data/Hard disk remain protected?
3. Level of safety of data on moving or shaking on both Desktop and Portable HDD.
4. Can we install os and boot from portable and desktop external hdd?

Answer:Need Advice : External Desktop Hard drive vs Portable Hard drive?

Unless you really need to go portable with a Laptop .. I'd not use a USB powered External.
You cannot boot from a USB External .. But there's another option if you're capable of physically changing HDDs ..

Get a good external Enclosure (with a fan for cooling) .. Install a good HDD ... with a 5 year warranty
and make the HDD in the enclosure a bootable backup .. where you could swap HDDs if/when needed ..

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my macbook pro is currently our of commission due to a mishap with a cup of water. the person i spoke to on the phone at the apple store said to have the hard drive transferred to an external one in case they need to reformat it. is this even possible if my laptop won't turn on?

Answer:transfer data from laptop hard drive to external hard drive

Depends on the type of water damage has been done.
If your laptop has been a small puddle of water for a little bit of time, yes it will mess up your hdd's connectors and possibly damage it.
If the water spill was like a splash on the keyboard and quickly cleaned up, you have a good chance of the hdd working.
Just depends on what got damaged badly enough for something not to turn on for quite awhile.

Also get rid of that macbooks battery, I have a bad feeling it might not work with your macbook anymore.

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Hi all,

My last computer died and at some point I'd like to connect the old hard drive to my new computer to transfer files and to use as a future backup drive.

What are the pros and cons of using a cable versus a drive enclosure?

Do cables ONLY come with USB and drive enclosures have the option of firewire? If so, is that the only distinction?

Thank you!

Answer:Old IDE hard drive - cable or drive enclosure?

It's nice to have an enclosure for the drive to keep it clean, for looks, and because the cases have some setup for cooling the drive. Otherwise, you have just a bare drive.

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I'm booting off my SSD which is drive C:\ and I have games and programs on an extra hard drive which was origanally drive H:\ but after a restart it switched to I:\ and when I go into Disk Management to change it Drive H:\ isn't there.

Answer:Hard drive isnt allowed to change the correct drive letter

Hi KiityCancer,

What you say makes perfect sense. So, if a restart changed the drive letter to I, then H won't be there. Why not just leave it at I or is there more to this story...

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I want to get an external hard drive/dvd burner combo if there is such a thing. To make this question as simple as possible...I need a hard drive that my camera can be plugged into with the firewire. I also need the hard drive that is able to plug in to the USB2 slot on my computer, because
my new Dell doesn't seem to tolerate a firewire card which I installed and then took out and returned to the store. It froze my computer and I tried everything to stabilize it but had no luck. It did work long enough to download 10 min. or so of video and I burned that onto a cd. Thats when I found out I had a dvd-rom not a dvd burner......long story I know. Sorry. I just want to figure out the most economical way now to save my movies and burn them to dvd also using either another external dvd burner or maybe there is a hard drive/dvd burner combo?? Or should I just get two separate externals?
Again: I need the hard drive/burner to plug into my computer with usb2.
Then the firewire from the camera would go into the hard drive/burner to download the movies.

Answer:Solved: External Hard drive OR External Hard drive/dvd-rw combo?

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Hi guys,

I'm new on any sort of forums so go easy if it's a stupid question..but here goes.

Me and my brother built me a new computer from scratch (he did the building - i did the watching).

To cut a long story short - I purchased an internal hard drive from Overclockers UK. It's a Samsung 1TB drive. I also have a 64 Solid-state drive in there as my primary hard drive that Windows was installed on and a couple of programs are installed on. My storage disk (the 1TB disk) is for all my music/films etc. Whenever I drag and drop a file into the Samsung hard-drive - it copies it rather than moves it instantly.

When I had a laptop, I had 3 external hard drives and this is the way it copied files onto them.

Does anyone know how I can get the internal drive to stop acting like an external drive?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Internal Hard Drive acting like an External Hard Drive

This is the way it works. I have an 80GB SSD and an internal HDD and the same happens if the file/folder is large enough. If you just copy a few MBs, you will not see the window with the green stripe running. But if e.g. you copy 500MBs, you will see it. It physically moves the data. That is different if you copy on the same volume from one folder to another. Then it only makes an entry in the MFT.

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I currently am running windows 8.1 x64 bit, and I am thinking of copying my entire hard drive (consisting of C & D drives using a total of 929.2 GB of space.  And wanting to get a Western Digital External Hard Drive with 1.5 TB of space.  I have been led to believe that windows 8.1 has a utility called System Image Back Up Utility (located in the Control Panel).  I have also been led to believe that this can be done completely using a bit by bit copy of the entire hard drive (programs, files, drivers, apps, utilities, etc),  But I can not fine enough info on doing this. And there are still questions, such as How do you transfer the copy from the external hard drive back onto the PC if it should completely crash? (I do have a five disk recovery set I made when I purchased my PC, but still want an additional source of a back up system.)  I can not find the procedures for copying the copy from the external hard drive to the crashed PC, and are ther better and safer programs out there to use instead of the windows system Image back up utility?  I would add that I am somewhat of an intermediate user, useing PCs since windows 95. but there are obviously issues that I need to research before attempting something this complicated and advanced.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in Advance !

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Answer:Copying Complete Hard Drive to an external hard drive as a b...

A description of System Image Backup can be found here.  If you want both C and D, I would suggest a clone program. Both Seagate and WD offer a free Disk Wizard Program. With the cloning process, you use an external case to perform the clone.  When disaster strikes, you swap out the drives, and continue. Personally, I make clones of my primary desktops every 30-45 days.

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I have an HP dv6810us. its 7200 rpm and only has 160 gigabytes of space. I just bought a Western Digital My Book Essential 2TB external hard drive, at 7200 rpm; model: WDBAAF0020HBK-NESN. I have put ALL my movies, documents, music, pictures, and everything other than my programs and stuff that came with my computer. I only have 20 gigabytes left on my computer i was wondering how i could somehow turn my external hard drive into my internal hard drive....and how. any websites of videos that could lead me to the right place would be very helpful. i have used 140 gigs of space on my computer mostly due to the sims 3 and programs. please help!

Answer:Making an external hard drive your internal hard drive

Hang on, so if I understand you correctly you've got a 160Gb drive installed in your laptop and it's only got 20Gb free space left. So now you want to put the 2TB drive into the laptop? Sorry, but that won't work. You'll need to buy another 2.5" drive.Is the drive inside your laptop SATA or IDE?

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I had been using my Hitachi 320g external HD for 2yrs.It had not problem until yesterday I transfering some files from my Drive C to Hitachi HD when the computer hang.I unpluged the external HD and restart PC.When I pluged in the external HD again it was recognised as interrnal HD.I've problem accessing the files.The PC detected it was FAT32 since my system was NTFS and asked me to reformat my external HD.I tried connect to other PC but no different.

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How can I use an external hard drive to boot windows?My newer computer has a now-defunct hard drive.I want to use the files on this computer and use it on my newer one,which has the better memory and better processor.Now I'm not sure if copying files from another computer to an external hard drive to make it work with another computer will make some hardware conflict.

Answer:External Hard Drive as Main Hard Drive?(Changed)

I don't know about older versions of Windows but XP and newer doesn't like being booted from external hard drives will not at all without some serious customization. Since you haven't told us what version of windows you plan on using it is hard to guide you further except to say that the general advice is to not attempt it.

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I am trying to move my files from the hard drive I removed from my old computer to the external hard drive. I want to be able to view the files before moving. Thanks

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Hi, for nearly a year now I've been using a Buffalo 500GB external hard drive.
Just yesterday though, after unplugging it from my PC, using it on another Windows 7 machine and then attempting to reconnect it the my PC, it began to show up on My Computer as a Local Disk rather than an external. In addition, when I try to access it, it gives me this message: E:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable. My question is, is there any way to return the drive to it's original state or recover the data inside? The data is of extreme importance.
Thanks for any help.

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I am unsure about what happens after you convert your internal hard drive to an external hard drive... Let's say the internal HDD was your only laptop HDD and you replaced it with a SSD. If you convert your old internal HDD to an external HDD, what would happen when you open it up on your newly installed OS (on the SSD)?

I am trying to download a new OS but us my old internal HDD as an external drive just to access specific files. However, I don't want any other data/programs/settings/etc. downloaded onto my new SSD. Do I need to delete my old OS when I convert my old internal HDD into an external HDD or does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?

If anyone is able to clarify these questions that would be fantastic!

Answer:What happens after you convert your internal hard drive to an external hard drive?

does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?Click to expand...

it will just be seen as a data drive and you would need to goto the directory for your data
it wont run as an OS at all

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I have an internal hard disk not in use ,and I would like to make it as external disk !
I looked on the net and I found I should have the " encelsure " butt I think I wont find it here in my city .
So is there another way ? like usb -esata cable ?

Answer:how to make your internal hard drive into and external hard drive ?

Firstly, where are you based (Which country)? I would get the part of the internet, I trust we are talking about a 3.5" drive? Do you have an esata port on your pc? I would get something similar to this, I think: - Buy CiT 35M17SEF 3.5 inch SATA / USB / Firewire / eSATA External Hard Drive Enclosure online at and read reviews. Free delivery to UK and Europe!

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I earlier posted about the Aspire AST690-UP925A having 250GB hard drive. I since then contacted Aspire chat support. Apparently, not being tech savy we didn't realize 250 gb hard drive only 112 c drive is able to be used, the d data drive holds the programs to run the computer.

I didn't mean can I use the external hard drive internally. I meant, if I hook it up externally would it work in place of the internal hard drive that is nearly full except for around 10 GB?

So, unfortunately the computer isn't as big as you believe. But...I wanted to know if I purchase (I was looking at western digital elements 2TB external hard drive). Can we use it for this computer. It will not run itunes or anything like that, but we can obviously go online.

My brother wants to buy a new computer, but I know that is probably not the way to go. Should we get an internal hard drive installed and other memory or something or can we use the external hard drive?

I would appreciate any informed help on this since we do not no technical info on computers. Can't really afford to buy another computer right now.

Thanks in advance

Answer:Can external hard drive be used for full internal hard drive?

If you want to take out the drive from external hard drive case and install it in your desktop/laptop, then usually you can. Usually external hard drives are just ordinary hard drives accompanied by some extra controller to make it able to "talk" via general ports (e.g. USB). However I am not familiar with digital elements 2TB , so I can not confirm it. But I do have WD external drive, which I had positively confirm that its real drive is just ordinary hard drive.

Note that if you decide to do this, I suggest to find experience people to work on extracting the drive. If you do it yourself you will risk to damage it, and you don't want that since usually opening the closure means voiding the warranty.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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