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Using an old laptop hdd externally

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I've got an old 250gb laptop hdd that i'm trying to connect to my laptop via an external usb enclosure but when i plug it in the laptop it doesn't show up on my computer, does it need an external powe…
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7y, 3w agoPosted 7 years, 3 weeks ago
I've got an old 250gb laptop hdd that i'm trying to connect to my laptop via an external usb enclosure but when i plug it in the laptop it doesn't show up on my computer, does it need an external power source? i've used this enclosure before for a different drive and it worked fine
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7y, 3w agoPosted 7 years, 3 weeks ago
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banned#1
check connections internally n external
#2
You may need to alter the jumper settings on the HDD itself
#3
harlzter
You may need to alter the jumper settings on the HDD itself


it's a laptop sata drive, does it even have jumper settings?
#4
right click my computer then go to manage.

from here goto disk management. is the drive showing in there? you may need to re-assign the drive letter or re-initialize. if you do the latter note that it will wipe the drive & need to be re-formatted
#5
whatsThePoint
Does the harddrive spin up when you plug it into the usb port
no power supply will be needed but you might need a twin plugged usb lead


the hard drive spins up and i can hear it clicking inthe enclosure, i've only got a single usb lead though
dcx_badass
No jumpers on sata, well there are but pretty much never needed. Tried plugging in both USB cables? The enclosure probably/should have a double cable.


ah right so i'll try a double usb lead then

lanc_red
right click my computer then go to manage.

from here goto disk management. is the drive showing in there? you may need to re-assign the drive letter or re-initialize. if you do the latter note that it will wipe the drive & need to be re-formatted


it's not showing at all in disk management
#6
have you tried all the usb ports? i sometimes have an issue where my external drives will only work in certin ports. if the drives spins and isnt making an irregular clicking/ticking sound then id say its orkin fine, but the OS isnt detecting it.

if its a clear repetative ticking sound then id say it either needs more power or its cream crackered
#7
Get yourself an "Easy IDE" adaptor from Maplin!

http://www.maplin.co.uk/images/300/a25at.jpg
#8
pugw$sh
Get yourself an "Easy IDE" adaptor from Maplin!

http://www.maplin.co.uk/images/300/a25at.jpg


OP has a SATA drive
#9
dcx_badass
Oh actually had I a drive that just clicked when in an enclosure, even with a double cable, it wouldn't work no matter what I tried, tired two enclosures, no joy. Tried it on another PC and it worked fine, no idea what was wrong, but that drive just clicks with that PC.


strange, i've just plugged it into the wifes netbook and it recognised it straight away, but it won't work on mine
#10
souljacker
strange, i've just plugged it into the wifes netbook and it recognised it straight away, but it won't work on mine


is os the same? same lappy model? gotta be sommat to do with ur USB ports
#11
lanc_red
have you tried all the usb ports? i sometimes have an issue where my external drives will only work in certin ports. if the drives spins and isnt making an irregular clicking/ticking sound then id say its orkin fine, but the OS isnt detecting it.

if its a clear repetative ticking sound then id say it either needs more power or its cream crackered


just tried it in the other 3 and it worked on the last one i tried :thumbsup::)
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souljacker
just tried it in the other 3 and it worked on the last one i tried :thumbsup::)


good stuff. baffles me how mine will only work in a select port, but it works......:thumbsup:

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