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HDD w / enclosure not recognized on laptop..help!

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#1 lawpeder


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Posted 03 February 2011 - 01:21 PM

Somebody Help!

I have a 3.5" hard drive from a previous Desktop PC (manuf. in 2008). It was the C drive. I am trying to extract my family pictures off it. I put it in an enclosure, but it isn't recognized at all by my laptop. I tested the enclosure with another WD HDD and it is recognized just fine. Something is different with this HDD. Note: using XP Professional.

Any suggestions?

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 03 February 2011 - 06:08 PM

Why not connect it directly? Why use an enclosure?

The jumper settings may matter...depends on the enclosure, I suppose.


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Posted 04 February 2011 - 02:56 AM

If this is a PATA hdd you may need to change the jumper setting. If this is a PATA hdd, then the WD is as well, so you can look to see if there is a difference in the jumper setting.

Is this hdd seen in the BIOS?

When you say that the computer doesn't recognize the hdd at all, where did you look for it? Disk Management, My Computer, Explore?

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 03:14 AM

Most enclosures do require if a jumper is present on the hard drive that it be set to master.

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