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WD external drive connecter fell off, connecting It via sata

Q: WD external drive connecter fell off, connecting It via sata

Hello, My WS external hard drive mini usb connector fell off.

Iv'e tried to weld It back to the usb adaptar on the external hard drive, but without succssess.
thus Iv'e totly dissconnected the usb adaptar from the hard drive and tried to connect It directly to the pcs motherboard via a SATA connection.
The Drive shows up on my computer as D: and seems to be empty...
From what Iv'e read from the web, WD drives could It be the encrypted, In that case how do I deal with It?
If you know somthing that might help, It'll be great.

Please help the info on this drive Is very important

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I am trying to connect an internal SATA HDD as an external drive for use as a backup medium for my system.

To connect the HDD, I am using a cable-set, consisting of a power-adapter, a cable adapter (6" long, 4-pin to SATA power fitting), two-sided femaile receptacle and ribbon-cable data fitting with a shielded UBS cable attached, 6" ribbon-cable.

With no power on, I connect the power-adapter and assorted cables and adapters to 125V AC power and to a USB port of my computer and to the SATA HDD. Everything seems to fit, mechanically.

I apply power to the computer and to the assembled SATA HDD components. The computer starts normally, but I do not notice any vibration, stirring, whirring of the SATA HDD. Also, when the computer is full booted, and I look at My Computer with Windows Explorer, I find that it does not recognize the presence of anything at a USB port, particularly not my SATA HDD.

I have tried fully booting the computer and connecting the HDD to the USB port afterwards, as I might a memory stick, but it is not recogniz... Read more

A:Connecting internal SATA HDD as external drive

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I purchased an adapter on Ebay that was supposed to allow me to connect my ide hard drive to my sata mobo connectors. My mobo has primarily sata but it has one ide which is already connected to my ide hard drives.

I have tried everything I can think of. connecing this and that, reversing connections, nothing workd. The instructions I was given were awful and the person I purchased is not helpful in answering questions. He hasn't responded.

Once connected I can't get it to show up in the bios The hard drive is an IDE Seagate 400gb drive. I am connecting to a sata connector on my mobo. I already have two other sata devices connected, they are two dvdr's .

My computer specs are listed above in the computer icon. The converter I purchased is listed here:

Is there a trick to doing this?


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What type of sata connecter (3gbps or 6gbps) is made available for the optical drive of hp15 au620tx.

A:Sata connecter in hp 15 au620 tx

They are never 6 gbps...usually one SATA generation below the main hard drive SATA port so in this case likely SATA-II3 gbps but possibly even SATA-I 1.5 gbps. Are you thinking of using an optical drive caddy for additional storage? HP does not make that specification available but based on experience it is certainly true it will be slower than the same drive in the main hard drive bay. Optical drives do not need to be any faster than SATA-I to work properly.  If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it. 

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So I get a new barebone system last week, with a motherboard able to take sata drives. I buy a new sata drive this week and lo and behold I have no way to get power to it(I know, should have thought of that when i got the system). Anyhow, where (besides online.. like what store carries em)can I get one of those connecters to turn a regular power plug(like for ide drives) into a sata power cord?

A:where to find standard to sata power connecter

Any decent PC shop should carry them. I buy mine at Comp USA usually. (Little things are things I buy from brick and mortar stores anymore.)

What you will need to ask for is a Molex to SATA power adapter, and they only cost $2-5.

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I solved a similar problem in Win 7 by uninstalling an Advanced "6G" Storage Controller and letting Windows install its generic driver but I have no idea what to do in Win 10 because of the dumbed down way everything behind the scenes is displayed, which appears not to have anything remotely resembling such a thing.
Anyone else having similar issues? Or am I doomed with my now-almost-extinct 2009 Alienware machine?

A:W10 Recognizes My External SATA II Drive As SATA I - Why ?

Originally Posted by Ex_Brit

I solved a similar problem in Win 7 by uninstalling an Advanced "6G" Storage Controller and letting Windows install its generic driver but I have no idea what to do in Win 10 because of the dumbed down way everything behind the scenes is displayed, which appears not to have anything remotely resembling such a thing.
Anyone else having similar issues? Or am I doomed with my now-almost-extinct 2009 Alienware machine?

A few questions come to mind: is the drive plugged into a eSATA port on the computer and its cable rated as SATA II? Or is it in an External USB drive case that is plugged into a USB 2.0 port or maybe a USB 3.0 port?

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Hi there, i have recently bought a new Sata DVD drive for my desktop machine, it came with no instructions or cables.

I have a Sata cable which connects into my PSU, does the drive also have to be connected to the motherboard?

I have attached a picture of the cable i have.

Many Thanks

A:Connecting Sata DVD drive

You'll need a SATA data cable to connect the drive to a SATA port on your Motherboard. If your motherboard does not have SATA ports, you will need to install an adapter in an available PCI or PCI express (preferred) slot. Search for "pci sata card" or "pci express sata card"
a picture of the connector is here:

You can get just a data cable, or a combo data/power adapter, a picture of that is here:



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Hi, I currently have a IDE dvd drive, and now want to install a Sata DVD drive. I had a card adapter (for sd, xd cards etc), but I did not have another Sata cable, so I have disconnected the card reader, and used the cable for the DVD drive.

Now when I start up the computer, it is continually coming up with "disk boot error please insert system disk and press enter". I have searched google and this forum, but don't understand a few things.

Firstly, I am using IDE cables for one of the DVD drives, and a Sata cable for the other. I was reading that is might be changing it to a master... Not exactly sure what this means, but in Bios, is says 0 Master: Old dvd drive, 2 Master: New DVD drive. What am I doing wrong for this to be coming up? I know the new one should be coming up as 0 Slave, but its not...???

I have disconnected the new dvd drive, and connected the old one (as it was), and it is still coming up with the same error... Have I dont something wrong?

Thanks in advance. I apologise if I haven't included all the information you need. Just reply back with what I have forgotten.

A:Connecting a new sata DVD drive - problems

Hi and welcome. Did you disconnect the hard drive?

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I purchased a Dell Inspiron 531S desktop and wanted to move my IDE 200 MB HDD from mo old PC to the Dell.

We tried connecting the IDE HDD as an external drive but the Dell would only recognize the case and not the HDD.

The TechSpot Q & A have saved me in the past so I hope someone can give me a solution

A:Connecting IDE Hard Drive to SATA PC

It dosen't have any IDE connections at all? You could always try a PCI card that will allow you to use IDE drives, however be warned that it would only be like ATA66.

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I connected a second Sata drive and it now seems XP is trying to boot from that drive instead. When I disconnect the second drive it boots normally. The thing is it worked fine until I installed Linux (Debian) alongside XP but I'm not sure why that would cause the issue.

Anyway, what happens is after I connect the drive I get the following:
"strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility"

When I go into setup utility and drive configuration I see the SATA primary drive is the new drive whereas the original drive which I want to boot from is listed as the primary master drive. SATA secondary drive and primary slave drive are listed as "off". Do I need to reconfigure this is some different way or is there perhaps something else going on?


A:Having problems booting after connecting second SATA drive

Sounds like your new drive is probably connected
to a sata connector that has priority over the other.
You should just need to change the first boot device
back to the original drive in the bios.

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i have 2 old hard drive's with some data in them and im trying to retrive it back to my current computer.
one of the drive's works perfectly, but when i connect the second drive it kills the cable totally.
i cant use the cable anymore.. even for the first drive.
it happend for the second time already so i figured out the hard drive is the problem..
any ideas how to fix the problem? what should i do?

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I installed a IOCrest Sata III 6GB PCI Express Card into my "Dell Inspiron 560". I installed the necessary drivers, as per the instructions that came with the controller card. It is now registered as a: "Marvell 92xx SATA 6G Controller" under Storage Controllers section in the Device Manager.
Here is a link to the card: SYBAUSA - SI-PEX40064 >> 4-port SATA III PCIe, x1, Revision 2.0, (Full & Low Profile); Marvell Chipset

I do still have 3 drives connected to the motherboard -- SATA... 'AHCI'. Assuming I get this card working. I was planning on moving two of those drives over to the new reportedly 'faster' card. My motherboard is only 'SATA II'. This is with the idea of not using my motherboards Sata Connectors anymore.

However the moment I plug in a new SSD drive or any other drive into the device with a 'brand new' SATA cable. Windows becomes stuck at the start screen. I get 'Starting Windows'. But no swirling logo. I tried letting it sit for about 10-15 minutes.

But - The Bios Post screens do recognize the SATA drive, and it's size as 450GB. (That is when I attempt to connect it) Or any other drive I attempt to connect to it.

I've tried going into the BIOS, and seeing if there were any settings to mess with. The A06 Dell-Inspiron bios is rather limited.

When stuck: The only recourse I had was to 'unconnect the Sata-cable'...Then hard-turn-off, and then turn-back on. Then Windows starts normally. I haven't tried any Safe-Mode s... Read more

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Hello, this is my first post here. I have an HP Workstation x4000 I use at work for Designing CAD Models. This is an old computer. My problem is that I am out of room on the Hard Drive. It is a 58 GB SCSI,68pin HP Hard Drive. My IT support guy purchased me a 1GB SATA Drive,Raid Card,enough Memory to fill the MEC Card, and Norton Ghost to flash over the new Drive. My problem is, the Card he bought will not fit into the Mobo. The ribbon in the Computer has an empty plug and a power plug,but they are for a 68 pin SCSI Hard Drive. Is there a cable made that I can use to simply plug the SATA Hard drive into the 68 pin ribbon,or do I need a card? Do they make such a thing? My boss is extremely frugal and doesn't want to hear that the best thing would be to replace the 12 year old computer! Thanks for any help you guys can give me

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I connected a Sata III 240G SSD drive to my computer as an extra drive and it prevents Windows from booting from the other main "C" boot drive. The bios boot sequence is configured correctly. The system hangs on a black screen with a dash. The bios can see the SSD. I can also boot into other programmes from a CD like Aoemi backup or disk genius etc and they can read and copy partitions from the Sata III. Is there anything I can do to be able to boot into Windows and use this Sata III SSD drive?

Kind regards

A:Connecting a Sata III SSD drive prevents Windows 7 From Booting

Was there another disk in the machine that this SSD replaced by chance?

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I am running Windows 7 Pro. Have a external dual dock connected to a estata port. One of the drives assigned letter K often comes up as E and I have to change as application is looking for K. Another disk in this dock works fine. No problems.
Does anyone know why this might be happening or anyway to prevent?
Seems like when I go to disk management and assign K it should stay that way.

A:External Sata drive will not keep assigned drive letter

Quote: Originally Posted by Terrym

I am running Windows 7 Pro. Have a external dual dock connected to a estata port. One of the drives assigned letter K often comes up as E and I have to change as application is looking for K. Another disk in this dock works fine. No problems.
Does anyone know why this might be happening or anyway to prevent?
Seems like when I go to disk management and assign K it should stay that way.

Try assigning a drive letter a "distance" away from your existing drive letters.

For example, change the dock drive letter to Z and see how you get on with that.

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Anything to know?



A:Solved: Connecting an IDE slave drive to SATA motherboard, with converter kit

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HI there, i'm having trouble with a new hard drive i bought, it's a seagate 80gb sata, my motherboard only accepts ide connectors so i bought a controller card with sata ports connected one cable (bought seperately) to the hard drive and another through a convertor to the power. When i start up windows it recognises the raid controller, that in turn recognises the hard drive but it seems to be under a seperate interface, the normal bios does not recognise the hard drive as slave or master or at all for that matter! Have i connected it wrong or is there something i'm missing? Thanks in advance for any help!

A:Problem connecting Sata hard drive via controller card

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I dropped my drive and when i tried plugging it it was not recognized at all (computer, disk mgnt etc). It powers on, however it makes a slight noise not clicking, more like buzzing or attempting to read, blue lights even turn on (pininfarina model). So after some advice i took it off the enclosure since one of the sides popped of slightly. Plugged it on same result nothing, same noise. I noticed if i unplugged the sata cable with the red,yellow,black cables it stopped making the noise. The other sata cable (red) seemed a little bent. So i plugged it on againg with that sata cable unplugged just with usb and i got " initio combo class.." My laptop is running windows xp and is the same one i installed the drive when i bought it. I also plugged it on another running vista and got a msg with "locate and install software for unknown device", it pops up on device manager with a yellow ? And as unknown device. Is my data lost? Can i recover it? Any help is much appreciated!!!

A:Simpletech 500 gb external hhd fell

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I have an old EIDE Seagate drive I would like to use as an external USB backup. I have an external USB connector for the Seagate drive. If I connect the Seagate drive via USB, will the drive work without causing data loss to the internal SATA drives? Thank you in advance for your replies.

A:Can I use an EID drive as external with a SATA motherboard?

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Hey all

At the moment, I am using a very old pc (don't ask!). The mobo is an Intel D101GGC. It is very slow, tho maxed out on RAM, but it works.

I have a hard drive, salvaged from a previous pc, which I had working via SATA cables/usb. I decided to buy a caddy, shoved hdd in, and upon connecting it, light comes on, disk hums, get the usual "ding dong" sound, and "found new drive/drive ready to be used" comes up.

However, the drive doesn't show up under My Computer, nor in Disk Management. I can find it as a mass storage device under usb in Device Manager tho

I have uninstalled and reinstalled it; checked with Tweak UI, and all possible drive combinations are ticked; scanned for hardware changes.

I should say this is a powered 3.5" SATA enclosure. The drive has my entire music collection on it, and is 250 gb.

I really could do with your help, before it and pc fly through the window!

Many thanks.

A:XP does not recognize external SATA drive

install Tweak UI and then...

click on My Computer, Drives,and check marking Drive F.

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I recently bought a Seagate SATA 320 GB hard drive/Veris (by Antec) MX-1 HDD Enclosure with USB 2.0 connection but I am having problems connecting to my Windows XP SP2. The computer recognizes to some extent that it has been connected (it shows up in Computer Management>Devices>USB Mass Storage Device and Computer Management>Disk Management) but it does not show up in My Computer and I cannot save any data on it. I have seen people on other threads with the same problem and the answer is usually that it needs to be partitioned.

However, I was under the impression that partitioning a device made it very reliant on the operating system (or vice versa). Rather than having these 320 gigs as a "second hard drive" (as I've seen others call it), I'd rather have it as "Removable Storage" - like a big clunky USB flash drive. I want to be able to remove it and use it on other computers whenever I need to, just like I can with my more compact 2-inch flash drives.

If possible I would also love to figure out how to make it work on a Macbook. I had been hoping that it was as simple as having compatible files (I'll only be putting mp3, jpg, gif, and possibly mpg files on this drive), but I'm sure it's not that easy.

Thank you so much!

A:SATA external drive: partitions?

Not quite that easy. Different OS's have different file system reading abilities and differing file systems, regardless of the file types.

There are programs available for Windows that allows it to read Mac file systems. Probably vice versa as well.

Partitioning is required before any drive can be used by any operating system. Without the "invisible lines' that file systems and partitions create on a drive, there is no way for the operating system to locate the contents of the drive.

You'll need to make some decision. FAT32 is probably the most compatible file system in use, but it is not universal for all OS's.

These sites give some info on cross-platform drive solutions:


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I have just bought a SATA external drive and can't get it to work I have standard ATA system will that be my problem, the computer has Windows XP version 3 installed please help

A:Solved: Sata External Drive

Not if you are using a USB connection.

However according to the standard specification a USB connection point at the computer can supply a maximum of 0.5 Amp which is not enough for many older 2.5" laptop size hard disk, let alone the desktop size 3.5" hard disk.

You need an external power supply or use a twin head USB cable (by hooking to 2 USB port to get 1 Amp current supply).

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I've been searching around for a way to turn off my external e-SATA drive, instead of having to shut down my computer every time.

In my search I read in another forum one member who suggested, "With my Win7 installation, I went to the JMicron site and downloaded the appropriate driver installer package, executed it, and it found the controller and installed the drivers. The eSATA controller now shows up on Device Manager (as a JMicron JMB36X Controller under "Storage Controllers") and performs hotswap properly, automatically recognizing any eSATA disks that are plugged in or removed."

Well, I installed the JMicron file just like he said and now I see it in Device Manager, but I'm still no closer to figuring out how to shut down my external e-SATA drive. I'm curious how this controller performs hot-swap? I haven't been able to figure it out.

I also took the advice of someone else on another forum and used Disk Management to turn my external drive into a Dynamic Drive. I'm not sure if this was a good idea or not, because now the drive runs all the time and is very warm to the touch. Before I did this the drive didn't run constantly. Now I have no idea how to undo it. Unfortunately, this didn't enable me to make it unpluggable, either.

So my question is, how do I enable this external drive to appear in the taskbar so I can shut it down? I thought the JMicron thing would do it, but so far I haven't been able to figur... Read more

A:How to turn off external e-SATA drive?

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With XP MCE SP2 using a Western Digital SATA hard drive in a external enclosure, which has both USB and eSATA connections, can the sata connection plug be hot swapped just like USB, or do I need to turn off the external drive first, then disconnect it?

A:e-sata with external hard drive

Everything I've read and heard says its hot-swappable just like USB but if you have the time, its prudent to power down if you're moving the hard drive in the least because you could bump something or jostle it enough to cause some damage in its most vulnerable state. Even the USB drives get the safely remove hardware option that probably should be ahered to but few do I suspect.

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I am considering using an external SATA drive for my system as a backup.
Any pros or cons for going external that I should consider and for the enclosure any models/makes that would be good buys based on quality and reliability.

A:External SATA drive enclosures

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Will my external WD hard drive (used for backups) work with a PC that has internal SATA drives only ?

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May be a bios problem

recently tried windows media center - which fired up by installing something which turned out to be on my ext sata drive.

now drive is write protected.

can't unlock it

will not accept any changes to security to drive - because it is write protected.

my login has administrator privilege
one suggestion has been to use partition program to reset write protection but not destroy data

it seems that the bios may have a glitch which may have locked it up


A:write protected external sata drive

It sounds like you pressed the wrong button when booting your computer which changed the properties of the drive.

There's a few solutions I've found on the web:
Reset CMOS to optimal settings.
Open Regedit and navigate to:
If there is a WriteProtect key (REG_DWORD) then
1 = Write Protect On
0 = Write Protect Off
1. Go to the disk properties page.
2. Select the 'Hardware' tab.
3. In the 'All disk drives' list, select the name of the external device.
4. Click the 'Properties' button.
5. Select the 'Policies' tab.
6. Under 'Write caching and Safe Removal', select 'Optimize for performance'.

Good luck

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Just been handed a Conceptronic CHD3SU external USB sata drive with no power supply and no rear panel.

Anyone know what the voltage is for the external power supply ? (It's printed on the rear panel)


A:Solved: Voltage for external USB sata drive?

It needs 12V @1.5 Amps according to the users manual: http://download.conceptronic.net/manuals/C05-210_CHD3SU_v2.0_User_Manual_ML.pdf

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I have a 400Gb SATA drive which was purchased about 18 months ago. I've been trying to use it as an external USB drive on Windows XP Pro (SP2), using two different makes of SATA USB 2.0 enclosure. The drive connects OK, and shows up as an external drive, but as soon as I attempt to copy any data onto it I get problems: either Explorer hangs, or I get "delayed write failure". This happens within 2 minutes of initiating the file copy.

I've tried copying different folders and files, and I've tried it on 3 different machines (3 different motherboard makes, but all running XP SP2). In each case I connected the drive to one of the rear USB ports (i.e. not to an external hub).

I tried this with two different brands of USB 2.0 SATA enclosure, and got exactly the same result. In both cases the enclosures were independently powered by DC power adapters.

I then installed the drive internally into one of the machines, to check that it wasn't faulty. It installed fine, and I was able to copy huge numbers of files to it without any problems, so it looks as if the drive is OK. I also left it running there all day without any problems.

I just purchased a Lacie 500Gb external USB 2.0 drive and this works perfectly well with all of the 3 PC's that failed my tests with the other drive enclosures.

Is there any reason why specific SATA drives may be unsuitable for use in external USB enclosures?

A:Problems with SATA drive in external USB 2.0 enclosures

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My wife's computer has an EIDE drive installed. It will not take an internal SATA but can I use an external SATA drive via an USB port?

A:Solved: External SATA Drive Recognized

Yes. The machine sees just USB.

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I just purchased a new Sata Blu-ray writer and an external E-sata/usb enclosure. I have hooked it up to my HP laptop via my laptops dedicated E-sata port. Blu-ray movies play just fine, but the laptop produces no sound through its speakers when I use the E-Sata Blu-ray drive. The speakers work fine playing music and DVD's. What can be wrong?

A:E-sata external Blu-Ray drive - no sound on Laptop

Welcome to SF. I'm sorry for the issue and really have no idea why other than have you completely gone though the menu options for audio in the BluRay disk? Could for some reason it be defaulting to a mute or silent mode? Also many BluRays come with out of date firmware have you checked to make sure your up to date there as well?

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I woukd like to install a SATA hard drive using an external drive housing. They make a connector for the data cabe that attaches into a slot on the backside of the computer and to the motherboard via a short cable. Where can I find something for the power cable? My wish is not to use USB for it. Make it a stand alone external drive that will show up like any other attached drive. Does someone make a kit to accomplish this action? Thanks DonS

A:How to install an external SATA hard drive.

I believe you're referring to an eSATA port on the back of your computer. Generally speaking, external 3.5" drives have an external power supply that gets plugged into the wall while 2.5" drive enclosures are usually USB powered. I can't recall seeing a 2.5" drive with eSATA for the data connection and USB for power but they might exist.

Here are some examples of 3.5" disk enclosures with eSATA that have external AC power supplies: Computer Hardware, Hard Drives, Hard Drive Enclosures, Yes, 3.5", USB & eSATA - Newegg.com

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Does anyone know where I can find an external SATA hard drive case with SATA internal connection and USB and SATA external and if possible, firewire external connection. I have a SATA hard drive and would like to make it portable but would like to keep the SATA speeds when possible.


A:SATA External Hard Drive Case

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I bought a SATA drive and seperate external enclosure, but I've been unable to get XP to recognise as a drive. The enclosure is USB 2, into my USB 1 port. When connected I get the "safely remove hardware" icon, but no recognition of a drive in My Computer, Computer Managementc. I've tried it with an ATA drive, the enclosure works fine, and I've tried the SATA drive in another PC, again no problems. Partition Magic won't start up, saying I have a "Bad Partition Table"(!) The only things I can think of are

1. I have no SATA on my laptop and
2. it might be a dodgy SATA cable (although I think that's unlikely)

Any suggestions? I am at a complete loss as to what to do! Thanks in advance!!

A:External SATA drive not recognised as harddrive

TomMcLaren said:

1. I have no SATA on my laptop andClick to expand...

I`m thinking you might need a PCMCIA card like this - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16815108109 but not necessarily that particular one.

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ok my friend has a device to be able to use a IDE internal drive externally
via the usb port i was wondering would something like that be able to be found for a sata drive. The case i have only has 2 slots for sata and it came with a dvd lite scribe burner and a HD both sata but I unhooked the burner for now so i can use my other sata drive that already had my apps and music,movies on it from another pc. the cd burner that is hooked up is a reg ide I dont know what the name of the device he is using or if it even has a name but its pretty neat has a power cord for it and you put the hard drive in it well slide it in and he hooks the internal drive to the usb port thru it.

A:SATA hard drive external adapter

This one.



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Hi all.

I am looking for a new external backup drive. I wish to connect it via a SATA cable and I have the necessary interfaces on the mobo and even rear plates with SATA connectors. I was wondering if anybody had any recommendations for a good external drive that would connect in this way. Looking for 200-400Gb of storage.

Need something faster than USB2!

Many thanks for any suggestions - the ones I have seen so far 'appear' to be SATA drives connected via USB interfaces - if that makes sense.


A:Recommendation for an External SATA (connected) drive - non USB

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I was using my Acer AO 532h - with Windows 7 Starter - to do a back up of a 500GB external hard drive. This source drive was an Iomega (aka Jmicron aka Seagate) 500GB 2.5 in. SATA drive. It held the backup files for the Acer internal hard-drive (this latter had also gone u/s just recently - hence tryingto do a backup of the backups). The destination drive was a Toshiba 500GB external drive.

I used Windows (with TeraCopy) to do the transfer. It got as far as four folders (out of hundreds) when it suddenly dropped the transfer rate from MB/s down to KB/s. Then it just stopped. I thought that it was due to a lose connection - the source drive case had a micro connection (non-spec.). And the flickering blue light went out. I checked the last few folders and they were empty. I thought that the drive had failed. I now reckon it was the drive's mother board.

I bought a new case for the failed drive from Maplin - its was USB to USB - better connections. However when I mounted the SATA drive in this whilst I got a winking blue light again no drive letter was allocated and the Acer could not see the source drive (in new case) to transfer any files.

Using Windows Disk Management I found that the duff drive was viable but no letter had been allocated to it; and that all of the space on it - 465.76GB - had become 'unallocated.' The description said the drive was 'NotInitialised.'

However it is full of files - its just that they seem to have become unindexed. This leads me ... Read more

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everything seems to be installed correctly but the device is not listed anywhere on my pc. i had a friend remotely access my pc to see what was going on and not even he knows. computer says its functioning properly but its lying to me i cant access it at all. the driver disk that came with the external case was a mini disk and the computer wont read it. regardless its working correctly but not found
please help

A:Sata To Usb External Hard Drive Not Working

There's many things that can cause this problem. But the most likely problem is that the hard drive is dead.

Other problems could be:
- the case is broken/defective
- the computer does not recognize the device
- the computer has assigned the wrong drive letter to the hard drive

Does the drive show in Disk Management? If not, then I'd highly suspect that the drive is dead. You'll have to reinstall the drive in a computer and then run a bootable diagnostic to test it.

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I have an older 30 GB SATA drive (FAT format) that I use for backups via USB. It works fine when I connect it to my Mac. When I connect it to my XP SP2 computer, device manager shows it's there without any conflict, yet I have no way to access it - there is no icon under My Computer for it.


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I've googled and tried many methods to fix this over the last two hours but nothing so far as worked.

I have an old hard drive with data on it from my old Windows XP Professional computer attached to a usb port on a converter. Win 7 claims it cannot display the owner, if I try to take permission it says permission denied.

If I take down the UAC the hard drive no longer appears in My Computer.

I have tried to go in as the administrator account specifically it keeps giving me access denied. I tried using the administrator account in normal mode and using the command line 'take owner' command and it says access denied.

I tried going into administrator safe mode, but again the external hard drive won't show up.

Shortly I am planning on reformatting the current C drive and putting on Windows Xp Pro 32 bit, Win 7 and Ubuntu. Should I just wait till do that and hope it will miraculously identify it if I take control of it with Xp Pro? I'm really hoping this isn't going to indicate problems sharing files between the two operating systems on the same hard drive. Any thoughts on this would also be appreciated.

Other info: I'm using Windows Home Premium 64 Bit. There are two internal hard drives currently. The external hard drive keeps showing up as drive Q for some reason.

Thanks ahead of time for your help

A:Not able to change ownership on external sata drive

Try this.

Plug in your USB drive, go to Device Manager and uninstall it.

Plug out the drive, reboot and then plug in the device. Let Windows 7 install the driver.

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I've connected a spare 2.5" sata optical drive in an enclosure to my Vista desktop via a sata cable direct to the motherboard. Power is from a 5v power connector on the
power supply.

Vista recognizes the drive, the device manager shows OK, however when I attempt to perform read or write functions from several different applications, I get errors after about 80% of the process is completed.

I've tried different disks, applications, etc. No success.

Am I missing something that needs to be set in Vista??????

A:External Optical Drive-Sata Connected

Hello and welcome, i was reading in a magazine , about how Sata cables are sometimes faulty. Do you have another cable to swap out with ?
Is Your SATA Cable Slowing Down Your Data Transfers? Max PC Investigates
Posted 11/15/2011 at 1:04pm | by Gordon Mah Ung

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With a external hard drive enclosure for Serial ATA hard drives, are there available IDE adapters for both power and data ? This is to allow me to connect a PATA IDE drive to this sata enclosure, or is that not even possible, ? thanks.

A:SATA to IDE adapters for external drive enclosures?

just buy and IDE enclosure
get something like this - some even come with a power supply

edit: seeing as your in the USA, have a look at NewEgg

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I recently bought a Samsung 400GB SATA II EXTERNAL HARD DISK DRIVE (HD400LJ) received yesterday. USB connection with its own power source. It also has a turn off and on switch on the unit and will also power down when your pc is shut down. Now it worked fine on first connection last night. Showing up as F: drive I have stored around 30gb of files onto it. I usually leave my pc on all the time so I wasn't too sure about this external so I just turned it off at the button on the unit (not the power). Still connected by USB cable etc...My pc was still on the whole time.

This morning I turn it on and my pc won't detect the external hard drive. I tried my card reader in the same USB port and no problem my pc picks it up. I have tried different USB ports in case and still nothing. I also rebooted my pc and the unit, unplugged everything in case something was loose.

The unit powers on and off ok.

Not sure if there is some conflicting problem, the cable from the unit to the pc, or a driver issue?

I have used the hardware detection and it doesn't find it. First time plugging in my pc found the hardware showing up in my status bar, now it won't come up at all.

It was already pre-formatted, and was ready to go, and I had used it no problem. Now I concerned I will lose my files on there. Since I deleted them off my internal drive as it was showing low disc space so wanted to move most stuff to the external (images, etc not programs).

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A:External drive not connecting to pc (did first time)

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I have a bunch of movies on my 500GB external HD. I would like to connect this HD to my PS3 and from there go to 'Video' and from there go to 'USB Connection.' However, the 'Video' part is as far as I get. My PS3 doesn't seem to like my external HD. I'm told that the PS3 will only play DivX files but I'm also told that this is rubbish, that the PS3 will play most formats, MPEG, MPEG-4 etc. Who's right ? Also, I watched a video (on YouTube) of a tutorial on how to play movies from an external HD on the PS3 so I know it can be done. But where am I going wrong ? I heard something about having to convert/format my Ext HD to something called Fat32. What is this and what are the pros and cons of it ?

A:Connecting External Hard-Drive To PS3

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I have an AlienWare M11x purchased from Dell Computers. It has Windows 7 Home Premium, Intel Chipset U7300 Dual Core @1.3GHz, 8 gb ram, 64 bit operating system, NVIDIA GEFORCE GT 335M and Mobile Intel (R) 4 Series Express Chipset, 500gb hard drive. It has 3 usb ports (one continuous power). It has no built in dvd drive. I have tried both a USB Hub but most of the time plug directly into the computer. When I plug in a External DVD drive, it will connect and disconnect randomly. It may show it is connected and display that a disk is in it, but when you click on it or launch from it, it will disconnect. About a minute later it will reconnect and then disconnect again. I had an LG Multifunction Drive and when it first did it, I thought the drive was bad so I got rid of the drive and bought an Iomega Super Slim DVD drive and it worked at first but now does the same thing that the first external DVD drive did. I have tried both of the DVD drives with and without the extra power connection. I have downloaded all updates, drivers, etc. It only seems to do it with external DVD Drives. Any memory stick, IPOD, ITOUCH, External Hard drive is recongnized and stays connected. But external DVD drives do not.

I have had this computer for less than 3 months. I tried to contact Dell but when I type in the Service tag number it says that AlienWare does all the support for it. When I go to AlienWare, you have to create an account in order to even ask a question. In order to register for the we... Read more

A:External DVD Drive keeps disconnecting and connecting

What happens if you jiggle the USB from the DVD drive while it is plugged in does anything happen?

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I have an external hard drive connected to a Toshiba laptop (vista). I have configured it to share all files to everybody. I can see the files and even copy the files from my other Toshiba laptop (win7), but I can't write to the file.

I am looking for guidance as to how to make it available for writing.


A:connecting to external hard drive

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