I cannot get my 3.5" HDD USB 2.0 enclosure to work. I don't know if it's a problem with the enclosure itself or with the HDD.
The enclosure is for IDE drives and is compatible with XP and Win7. I connected everything according to the instructions. The HDD is/was the primary HD from my old computer running XP. I turned on the computer one day and received a read disk error and was not able to boot into windows. I have reason to believe some boot files were corrupted (long story), but that the files on the HDD are still there and accessible.
I put the HDD into the enclosure according to the instructions and connected it to a laptop running XP with an old 2.2 GHz celeron processor. The laptop became unbearably sluggish. I had no choice but to turn the laptop off - I think via the on/off button.
I later connected the enclosure to a much more powerful PC running XP with a core duo processor (or something like that). As soon as I connected the enclosure, the computer became very sluggish. I saw the hard drive/enclosure listed under My Computer, but the computer was so sluggish I couldn't access anything. I safely disconnected the enclosure, I think, if the option was available (it was more than a year ago).
I would now like to try to figure out what's going on with this enclosure and HDD so I can get my files off of it (the last files downloaded were not able to be backed up).
The enclosure is an Inland u-Jam, model 8410. http://www.amazon.com/Inland-U-Jam-3-5-Inch-Drive-Enclosure/dp/B001NACBEE
Any ideas on what the problem could be? I don't have another HDD to test in it.