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Connecting internal desktop HD to my laptop not recognized

by nas57 / December 4, 2012 12:17 PM PST

I have a Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 160G HD that I am trying to get data off of from a desktop. I am trying to connect it to a new laptop running windows 8. The usb recognizes a flash drive but not the HD. In computer management nothing shows up in either device manager or disk management. I also tried plugging the HD into all 3 usb ports.

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The HD spins when powered up with this cable and the sata to usb I tried in every port, nothing. Any ideas?

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Try a hard drive enclosure
by Manpreet_C Dell staff / December 4, 2012 6:55 PM PST


You can try to connect the hard drive to a different computer using the converter.
You can also test the hard drive with a USB hard drive enclosure which lets you determine if the hard drive is functional.

If the USB enclosure works, you may have to change the USB to SATA Converter Cable Adapter.
If not, the hard drive may have failed.

Hope this helps.

Thanks and Regards,
Manpreet C

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USB enclosure
by nas57 / December 5, 2012 3:42 AM PST

What benifit would a enclosure provide beside HD protection? I was under the impression all I would need was the above mentioned sata to usb with power cable. I could try to connect the HD to my computer at work.

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I own one of those cables.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 5, 2012 5:58 AM PST

Too bad you didn't reveal the exact drive you have. ST3160811AS for example.

You didn't tell if you were on a desktop, laptop, OS and more. For example XP could have an issue to not show that drive.

And a corrupted drive would not show in Explorer but may show in Device Manager.
Tell more.

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ill get the exact drive tonight
by nas57 / December 5, 2012 6:02 AM PST

The drive came out of an emachine desktop 05' ish running XP, trying to connect via usb to a new Toshiba laptop running windows 8.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 5, 2012 6:34 AM PST

OK can you boot an OS like Ubuntu Live from CD and see if it sees it?

-> And did it show in DEVICE MANAGER? Yes I dropped that hint but didn't ask so now I'm asking.

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1st post
by nas57 / December 5, 2012 6:41 AM PST
In reply to: Wowsers.

As I said in the first post it does not appear anywhere, device manager etc.

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Then hope the USB case works.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 5, 2012 7:25 AM PST
In reply to: 1st post

And if that fails, is next.

I also asked for the drive model but I see I didn't ask. So now I'm asking.

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forgot to add
by nas57 / December 5, 2012 6:35 AM PST

the OS fried on the desktop but before that happened I ran a check disk and it showed 0 bad sectors, if that means anything.

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Drive specs
by nas57 / December 5, 2012 10:15 AM PST

P/N 98D012-500

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See page 35 at link.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 5, 2012 10:22 AM PST
In reply to: Drive specs
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New discovery
by nas57 / December 6, 2012 11:28 PM PST

Hooked the HD up to my computer at work and it recognized the usb connection. When I opened my computer and double clicked on Local Disk (J:) it says not accessible, the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable. Is it doomed?

I still dont know why my laptop wouldnt do this however...

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That's a new issue and we have a post about that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 7, 2012 12:19 AM PST
In reply to: New discovery
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