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#1 Thom T

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 09:09 PM

Hi,

Running Windows XP. My friend copied an old drive of mine which contained pictures and music. We connected to the machine I am currently using to be able to access it when need be. It connects thru USB with a separate power source. The power is on as the indicator light is dimly lit. I cannot hear the drive spin. Obviously it does not show up in My Computer as the E: drive he created.

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 11:00 PM

Go to Device Manager and double click on the monitor icon at the top of the right side page, and then click on Scan for hardware changes.

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 08:19 AM

Excuse my naivete but where do I find device mgr? The control panel doesn't include that option.

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 09:08 AM

Sorry. Found it.

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 09:11 AM

OK. Scanned for hardware changes and there seems to be no difference.

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 10:38 AM

Is this a ATA or PATA (IDE) hard drive? If so, how is the jumper/s set on the rear, Master, Slave, Cable Select?

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 02:33 PM

I imagine it is neither. There are only ports for firewire, USB, and power.

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 05:08 PM

What's the name (manufacturer/model) for this drive?

FWIW: An external drive is nothing but a computer internal drive...which has been put into a USB enclosure for purposes of connecting to any system with USB ports. Soo...the drive is either PATA or SATA.

If storebought, there should be some info on the enclosure re manufacturer/model. If self-made, the enclosure should be capable of easily being opened for visual inspection of the actual hard drive.

Full details, please :thumbsup:.

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 05:22 PM

Enclosure: Vantec Nexstar NST-350UF USB 2.0
Internal Drive: Samsung SP1614N 160gb PATA

Edited by Thom T, 02 December 2008 - 06:01 PM.


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Posted 03 December 2008 - 02:59 PM

Checking the drive out is simple (unless you have a laptop)...temporarily attach it directly to the motherboard and see if XP spots any life.

If you do attach it to a desktop, be sure that the jumper setting is appropriate.

Let us know.

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 03:11 PM

Uhhh... simple except to a simpleton like me.

I assume I have to open the box itself. And then how does the drive specifically attach to the motherboard?

And I'm not sure where to check/change the jumper setting.

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 03:22 PM

Never fear. we can handle that :thumbsup:.

And don't belittle yourself for not knowing things that may have taken some of us years to learn (the hard way), LOL.

http://www.ehow.com/video_6030_install-second-hard.html

Good site to use for new situations in ComputerLand :huh:.

Before you start...system manufacturer and model number? We don't want you trying to do something that may not be able to be done.

http://www.kitchentablecomputers.com/hdrive3.htm

Most hard drives have a little diagram on the smooth flat portion which describes all the possible jumper settings.

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Edited by hamluis, 03 December 2008 - 03:25 PM.


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Posted 03 December 2008 - 03:34 PM

Model is Dell Dimension 3000.

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 09:04 PM

Good, thanks :thumbsup:.

Just wanted to make sure that we are dealing with PATA/IDE connectors.

Any questions, just ask.

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