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External HDD Detected then Undetected

Hi, I have an external hard drive that was working fine until not too long ago. I plugged it in and the computer will detect it as the usual 'new hardware detected' but then a second or so later, it'll say that the 'hardware has been disconnected.' I was wondering if this problem is related to the external shell or if the hard drive itself is damaged. Also, depending on what the problem may be, how would I fix it? Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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I'd start with trying another box.

In reply to: External HDD Detected then Undetected

=enclosure =shell. That's more likely to be the problem than the disk.

And it's cheaper.

Kees

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One more question

In reply to: I'd start with trying another box.

Thanks, I'll try that. Sorry, one more (actually two) questions. If I change the external enclosure, will that force me to reformat the drive or can I just switch the enclosure and connect it to the PC? Also, will I have to change any of the jumper settings say to master or slave?

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Hard to tell.

In reply to: One more question

When you are in some failing drive or case problem you can't tell with certainty if a format is needed until the move is over.

-> Then again everyone keeps a backup of what they can't lose.
Bob

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