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Vista won't recognize old HD via USB

by billdawgcbc / May 12, 2009 1:00 PM PDT

I am working on upgrading my laptop with a new hard drive, and to do that I ordered a SATA/IDE to USB hard drive kit (with separate power supply). While I was waiting for the new hard drive to be delivered, I wanted to see if I could get some info off of an old hard drive on a computer that had died.
I plugged in the old HD, I could hear it spinning up, and my computer can detect it through the USB and in the Disk Management page. It would show up as Disk 1, and I could tell it was there. I just could not access it at all. I tried everything, and nothing is working. I tried to initialize it, and it said that the device was not ready.
It is very possible that the disk is bad, but I tried checking it out on another, newer disk, and had the same problem. I also tried plugging it into a Windows XP device and had no luck as well (although to be fair I didn't try too hard with that one).
If anyone has dealt with this please help me out. Thanks.

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Power and jumper
by sheilakmcd / May 15, 2009 8:38 PM PDT

Hook up the drive to the adapter, power it up and let it spin up and run a few minutes. Then plug the USB to the computer. If it doesn't show in MY Computer, unhook, unplug, change the jumper from master to slave, or vice-versa, and try it again. It's not uncommon for the drive to not be recognized if you don't power them up 1st, then attach the usb.

If neither works, the drive is probably dead. If no drive works on any machine, you may have gotten a bad adapter. RMA it and try again.

You are not trying to boot the computer with it attached, are you?

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