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#1 sniper8752

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 08:21 AM

I am trying to connect an internal hard drive to my laptop. when I plug in the cord from my laptop to the hard drive, the ACT light goes off. when i take it out, it turns on. the drive is not appearing in my computer. i have tried some other hard drives, and i was able to make one of them work (i believe that it was the master). Are there only certain types of drives that you can actually read off of?

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 12:17 PM

I am afraid more information is needed.

Preferable would be make and model for the Laptop, the drive and the adapter (Cable) you are using to hook it up to the laptop. One point to remember is that any Internal Desktop drive needs a power supply for it to function. Internal laptop drives can often be powered from the USB port.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 01:35 PM

the computer i'm attaching it to is a dell 15r. the device that i am using is a vantec sata/ide to usb 2.0 adapter. i do have the data cable and the power supply cables plugged in properly. the one hard drive that is giving me issues is a seagate ST3660A

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 02:31 PM

Can you hear the drive spinning up? One way to tell is put your ear to the handle of a screwdriver and touch the blade to the drive. That also works to try and trace a noise source.

There should be a jumper location printed on the drives label since that seems to be an IDE.
You need either a master or single setting. Slave and CS most likely won't work.

Default for many drives was CS (Cable Select)

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