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Putting a Zune 80gb Hard Drive in an External Hard Drive Enclosure, help please!

Q: Putting a Zune 80gb Hard Drive in an External Hard Drive Enclosure, help please!

Hey guys!

My Zune 80gb stopped working a while back. It wouldn't charge. So I thought I would take out the hard drive and use it as an external 80gb hard drive. So I bought an 1.8" ZIF encolsure for it and installed the hard drive into it.

All appears good with the installation. When I plug the hard drive into the PC the light on the hard drive enclosure comes on and stays on & the disk starts spinning. Then Windows Vista does the whole "Install new Hardware" thing and calls it a "Disk Drive" and a "USB Mass Storage Device" and says hardware is installed and ready for use.

But the problem is I can't seem to access the drive. I can't find it anywhere. It doesn't show up as a drive I can use or anything. I tried a third party partitioning prgram to try and find the disk so I could reformat it but it wouldn't it couldn't find it either. I even plugged the drive into my Mac thinking that Disk Utility might be able to recognize it and let me wipe it, but the Mac doesn't recognize it as anything.

Back in Vista, Using Device Manager, Vista notices the drive under the "Disk Drives" option as a "Disk Drive" and that it is elecronically signed by Microsoft (since it has the Zune firmware on it) but I can't do anything with it ... And this is the only place where I can see that the drive even exists. I can't reformat it or anything.

Can anyone help me? I thought I read somewhere that the problem is the zune firmware. Is there anyway I can wipe it?!?

Please help!! I have spent hours searching online and can't seem to get anywhere.

If I have posted this is in the wrong forum, I am sorry.

Thank you,

Preferred Solution: Putting a Zune 80gb Hard Drive in an External Hard Drive Enclosure, help please!

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Putting a Zune 80gb Hard Drive in an External Hard Drive Enclosure, help please!


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I have an old I think sata drive from a computer where the power supply went out I want to try and save those files. When I put it into an enclosure is there any certain method or anything I need to do to ensure this ?

A:Putting a hard drive into an enclosure

No - - insert drive and then use the USB cable to a 2.0 Enhanced Adaptor slot; should be seen as a new drive letter

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Ok. My friend's laptop decided to die on her..for the most part. It won't get past the welcome screen. She types in her password and the circle is infinite.

I can't figure out how to solve that (so if you can, then that would be great..) so I was wondering what would happen if I took out her hard drive, put it in an external exclosure, and then hooked that up to my lappy. Would that work? I just need to see her files again. Once I did that I would take the hard drive out, put it back in the laptop, and then format it. All I need are her files

So would that work? Any immediate help would be greatly appreciated guys!

A:Putting a hard drive in an exernal enclosure..

hooked that up to my lappy. Would that work? Click to expand...

Sure would, but there may be an easier way to save the data.

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Ok. My friend's laptop decided to die on her..for the most part. It won't get past the welcome screen. She types in her password and the circle is infinite.

I can't figure out how to solve that (so if you can, then that would be great..) so I was wondering what would happen if I took out her hard drive, put it in an external exclosure, and then hooked that up to my lappy. Would that work? I just need to see her files again. Once I did that I would take the hard drive out, put it back in the laptop, and then format it. All I need are her files

So would that work? Any immediate help would be greatly appreciated guys!

A:Question Bout Putting a hard drive in an enclosure..

Hi, yes you will be able to do this (need a usb enclosure) make sure the mains is off to the laptop AND the battery is removed before doing this, might like to run the manufacturers diagnostics on the HDD to see if it is OK (not always reliable). On the start issue have you tried booting from a vista dvd and run start up repair (any 32 bit dvd of vista will do), or use neosmarts startup repair ISO copy.

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I'm looking into purchasing a hard drive enclosure/external hard drive...

What's the difference? I have three spare hard drives here; two are clearly marked IDE; and another one that looks like it's probably IDE. But in the stores they have 2.5inch and 3.5inch. what's the difference?

I measured one of the drives, and the "front" side of it is like 4 inches...or is the 2.5/3.5 the diameter of the physical "disk" inside of the enclosure?

A:hard drive enclosure/external hard drive

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I've already ruined one by trying to fit a HD 5.75" long into the sardine can size enclosure. Is there a special size hard drive made for these exasperatingly cheaply, and HOT devices?
Richard Baldwin

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Trying to access my external hard drive, using my computer. operating system is windows xp sp2. the external hard drive is connected through usb 2.0. in disk management, the drive says it needs to be partitioned but the actual drive itself has already a program running on it. cannot find the drive because it is not shown in my computer and is saying that it is located in location 0. everything connected fine, no problems. computer is the recognizing the hard drive fine and says it installed correctly and ready to use. how can i access this drive without erasing everything off the external hard drive?

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Hi All,

I am in the market to pickup a decent 2.5 inch external USB 3.0 enclosure which is also powered off the USB hub.

Anyone happen to know of a decent one I can get here in the UK?

I would prefer if it is less than 20 but if it can't be helped, so be it.

Thanks in advance!

A:USB 3.0 external hard drive enclosure

Moving Forward...

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Hi folks,

I bought a cheap hard drive enclosure and a 160 GB hard drive to put in it. Everything works find, but since I hardly use that drive, I tend to leave it unplugged.

I was wondering if anybody knows whether the external drive should be plugged in before the computer is powered on, or if it can be at any time.

I know enough not to randomly unplug the thing while the computer is on, but is it ok to plug it in at any time?


A:External Hard Drive Enclosure

I'm assuming that the drive connects to the computer via USB or Firewire. If this is the case, make sure you plug in the power cord before the USB or Firewire cord. It doesn't matter what the power state of the computer is. If your configuration isn't what is listed above, please provide some more detail. Hope this helps!

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A:External Enclosure $ Hard Drive.

Basicaly , just connect the USB cable from the external hdd to the USB port on the laptop, power up the hdd external drive and window will say " found new hardware" and either in My Computer or in Windows Explorer will see the new drive. Before you'll start using the external hdd as a backup or whatever, right click on the hdd and choose FORMAT option then format the drive. Be aware that if you want to use the external hdd as a "one big chunk ( as in 200 gigs) will need to format it as NTFS. If you need FAT32 will need to partition the drive.

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I am looking between NAS system or External Hard Drive Enclosure
the max i can spend is $550

at this moment i have 5 drives that i cant add to my pc as i am max out

I would love to buy Synology DS1513+ Network Storage for $ 800 USD but i dont have the money for it and i cant find older model of it

My next option was drobo 5n $550 more or less but one problem i read this http://www.macdrifte...nology-nas.html which indcate my hard drives will be not avilable on other systems which is big no no

so then my other options are USB 3.0 and eSATA i have 2 unit in mind both are 8 bay

first one is :
Mediasonic H82-SU3S2 ProBox 8 Bay
Mediasonic H82-SU3S2 3.5" Black USB3.0 & eSATA ProBox 8 Bay External Hard Drive Enclosure

Second Option is :
Rosewill RSV-S8 8-Bay

again my system is X64bit and it is AMD

Can someone advise me on which option will be better or if you guys know a unit that will work better that will be great
Thank you

A:NAS VS External Hard Drive Enclosure


I would go with second option. I see more options in that and it is cheaper.

These are few of them.

3.5" Drive Bays
8x Hot-Swappable 3.5", up to 4TB each; 2.5" also supported

Access to 8 Hard Drives while using two cables via Port Multiplier function.

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What would be better to get, an internal drive and a drive enclosure or an external hard drive? I'm looking to get something that can connect with both eSata and Usb 2.0. I'm looking at getting a 500gb drive (sata?). What are the pros and cons of each? It would be used for backup for both my desktop as well as my laptop. I also may be doing some work off of it, and hosting iso files on it that will be mounted on occasion.

A:Drive enclosure or external hard drive?

I would go with the external as it will be a lot easier to move from one computer to the other

Here are 8 different ones that are 500GB external usb2.0/esata

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I've been looking for information but cant seem to find too much about it.

So far it seems I have 2 sata port available and 3 44 pins ones ( as shown in my previous thread )

Does this mean I am safe for most Enclosures that use Sata 3.5 ( Im assuming theres a manual or something to show where i need to connect and how )

And what enclosure brands ( given i am in the uk ) would you recommend to ensure I have the best chance of success ?

this one got good reviews on amazon but Im worried the lead would be too short - then again Im not really sure how long they need to be.




A:How to install an External Hard Drive / Enclosure ?

almost any enclosure will do, as long as it has SATA/eSATA and USB

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I'm having a hard time finding an external enclosure for my IDE hard drive (the larger desktop size of drive) that I can hook up through a USB port. If you can link me to a page of them, or one or two that aren't designed for the smaller sized drives, that would help me out a bunch.

A:Please help me find an external hard drive enclosure

Something like this that's assuming it's 3.5 inch drive OR if you don't mind to look at the internal drive a Docking station might well suit your needs ??

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I'm trying to retrieve my documents from a hard drive I removed from my dead Dell Inspiron 2500 laptop. I bought a 2.5 inch USB enclosure and installed the Dell Hitachi HD in it. However, I can't get my desktop to recognize it. Should I jumper the Hitachi as a slave? Any suggestions will be appreciated.

A:Solved: External usb hard drive enclosure

Ignore this post; I've ascertained a jumper is not needed and that the hard drive is kaput.

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I listined & bought 2 of the Hitachi Deskstar 500GB 3.5" SATA II drives on sale the other week at $49 ea.
Now I am looking for 2 eSATA External Hard Drive Enclosure's to house my new drives.
I just cant pay more for the box then I did for the drives, some of these enclosure's are worth upwards of 50 or 60 dollars + tax+ shipping.
I'm havin heart Palputations over this one.
Where in Canada -R- the less expensive boxes -2 - B - found that wont fry my new drives from heat over load ???

A:Need Two eSATA External Hard Drive Enclosure's

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I have a Toshiba 2.5 inch hard drive, MK1253GSX HDD2H04 F VL01 S. I went to Toshiba's web site to see what model External Hard Drive Enclosure would fit it, the site suggested STAR TECH SAT2510 BU2E, which was on their site. I purchased it from some where for a better price. My problem is that the female part of the enclosure where the hard drive is supposed to plug in, isn't even close to fitting. The pins on the hard drive look to be about twice the size of where they are supposed to plug in, and don't align any way. Does anyone know what enclosure does fit the hard drive mentioned above. I had to order it online, because I couldn't find anyone that carried them in stock, and I don't want to just take a shot in the dark and end up with another one that doesn't fit. Any help will be greatly appreciated!

A:Wrong External Hard Drive Enclosure / Help!

That appears to be a Toshiba 2.5in 128GB SATA3.0 drive.

The enclosure (the one recommended) appears to be this one: http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-2-5in-Black-External-Enclosure/dp/B0017XX1IW ...and should work with that HDD. Are you sure the one you received is the EXACT same model? It's not uncommon for different models to have similar parts numbers.

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I put my old hard drive into an external enclosure.(XP home) How can I transfer my files to my new laptop?

Windows 7 says to export the transfer utility to my old computer. My old computer won't boot up. I think the motherboard fried.

Is there any way to import these files for transfer into my laptop from the (now) external hard drive?

I tried importing pics and finding my music. Access was denied on the "import pics" command, and I cant even see my music libraries.

I used my creative mediasource5 sniffer to search for MP3's on my external drive E. It found hundreds of little sound bites from the program files, but not my music that is in the old creative mediasource5 libraries and Windows media player library.

Many of my documents aren't showing up when I browse the files on my old hard drive E.

I need some help, please.


A:I salvaged my old hard drive to an external enclosure.(

If the drive isn't damaged, it should be as easy as plugging the external enclosure into your Windows 7 computer, then browsing the files. Are you able to use Windows Explorer to view the directories and files on the external drive?

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The quick & dirty: I have the same laptop, the same external hard drive, but a new enclosure, and I can't access the hard drive.

Before: I was successfully running a store-bought external USB 2.0 hard drive on a laptop with XP.

Details (before): Hard drive is WD3200JD [3.5" IDE(ATA)], enclosure by Acomdata. There was no jumper set on the hard drive.

Then: external hard drive wouldn't connect. After some troubleshooting, it was determined that I needed a new enclosure.

Now: I bought a new enclosure and followed all instructions. The computer recognized a new USB mass storage device, but it won't show up in My Computer and I can't access.

Details (now): Enclosure by Nexxtech. Same hard drive, but with a jumper in the master setting (per instructions). Using the same laptop. The hard drive shows up both in Device Manager and Computer Management, but not in My Computer. In Computer Management, it shows up as healthy and active, but "not initialized" I right click to initialize, and the resulting window comes up empty. I have also tried updating the drivers, but they are currently up-to-date.


A:New external hard drive enclosure: can't access

How is the drive powered?

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A couple of weeks ago, I bought a new 1 TB Seagate drive and installed it in an external enclosure. It ran a little over an hour and then quit. Could not revive it.

Yesterday, I bought another one but this time got the 1.5 TB model. It ran 45 minutes and then stalled. After that, I tried to reformat it and could not do it.

When this drive was turned on with no attempts to do anything to it, it light was blinking contantly as if there was some drive activity going on when none should have been taking place.

The box called it an "internal" drive but I cannot think of any reason that these should fail in an external enclosure.

Today, I am going to install it internally and see if it works there.

Am I missing something here or do I have a second defective drive?

A:Problem with new hard drive in external USB enclosure

More then likely it's the external case you have that's causing the issue not the drives. External drive cases are horriably unreliable particularly the cheaper ones. Many of them also don't support drives over 750GB, you can check the manual to see if that's the case with yours.

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Hi Guys,

I have just bought an USB external hard drive enclosure that I am trying make work.
I am using the Hard Drive from a laptop that was running on Windows XP (I believe NTFS not 100% sure) for the USB external hard drive enclosure.

I connected it to my PC which is running Windows ME (I know its FAT32). I can see the USB External Hard Drive as E. Drive but cant access my old files. When I click on the E Drive it tells me to if I want to reformat now. And that is all.

I definately would not want to reformat it, I would like to access my old files on the drive without reformatting. Please help me out with this.


A:Difficult seeing USB External Hard Drive Enclosure

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My friends laptop is no longer booting, and I need to take the data off the hard drive before a reformat. My plan was to connect the hard drive to my laptop using an enclosure so I could copy the data over, reformat, then copy back.

However, when I connected the hard drive to my laptop via the enclosure, my laptop didn't show it as an additional drive. A light is on the hard drive enclosure, so I know there's power to it, and my laptop installs the drivers for both the hard drive and enclosure, so I know the laptop is properly connected

Like I said though, I'm not getting any option to actually use it as an additional drive

So what am I doing wrong and how do I fix it?

Any and all help would be massively appreciated

PS. My operating system is Vista

A:External Hard Drive Enclosure Not Detected

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I have a pair of identical external USB drive enclosures. They're both Dynex DX-HDEN10 enclosures. One is just a spare. I've been using a WD 250GB drive in one of them for about a year without any problems. A few days ago I turned it on and it sounded as though the power was being interrupted to the drive momentarily, every 5-10 seconds. As a troubleshooting measure I moved the drive over to the spare enclosure and connected it to the same original power supply. It worked fine.

Assuming there was a power problem in the first enclosure, I connected it back to the same power supply (without the drive) and attached my DMM at the Molex connector. On the +12V line I get about +12.5V. On the +5V line I only get about +4.6V, but that's still within a 10% tolerance (barely).

I thought the low voltage on the +5V line might be the culprit, so I attached the DMM to the spare enclosure in the same way (removed the drive, used the same power supply). The voltage supplied on both lines was identical to the first enclosure! So now I have one power supply feeding either of two identical enclosures, and the resulting voltage at the Molex plug is identical in both. Yet, one enclosure keeps cycling the drive and the other doesn't. My Fluke DMM has a min/max/avg function, and in all tests I let it monitor the voltage for a couple of minutes on the "min" setting so I could see whatever the lowest voltage was.

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I just removed the internal hard drive from an old Dell Inspiron N5010. The hard drive says, "Seagate Momentus 5400.6 500 GB" What external case should I order that would be compatible with this hard drive so I can access the information on it? Thank you!!

A:What external hard drive enclosure should I order?

Just buy a docking station. This way all you have to do is drop in the HDD into the caddy and off you go. They fit 2.5 and 3.5 inch HDD's.

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Hello all,

I have a very tired samsung X20 laptop. It has: 1.7 ghz, 2 gig ram, 250 gig western digital hard drive WD2500BEVE - with IDE type connection. Windows xp home with sp3.

All has been rosey untill the connection where hard drive is placed onto the motherboard was broken. Not a problem I though as I have an enclosure to put the drive in then connect using the usb. All wired up I turned the computer on, nothing in the drive bay and the same hard drive in the enclosure connected via usb.

The first screen is windows telling me it didn't shut down correctly and asking if I wish to load in safe mode, with or without networking etc or just to continue as normal. First choice was to load as normal. The usual loading sequence begins and the windows sign is shown with the blue(?) pulsing bar below. Great all looking good... no! Then I get a quick flash of horrid blue screen, less than a second, followed by the computer restarting becoming a repetitions cycle. Other load options create the same results.

So the question is how can I use the same drive everything already installed just how I like it with it outside the computer?

Slow driver so please talk very loud!

I'm sure there are many years in the old girl so please help me see her through!

Thanks, Benson

A:How do I run windows from external hard drive enclosure?

Windows will not run from a external hard drive, it has to be a permanently installed drive.

If you stuck you could run a free linux distro like Ubuntu from a external drive or a live CD.

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My hard drive started making funny clicking noises and the pc pitstop checkup gave me a response time of 77ms and a warning that it could expire shortly. So i bought a new 80 gb hard drive, installed it, partitioned it no problem, but i now want to swap all the data from my old hard drive to my new one (os and all), and then junk the old drive.
How can i do this without spending money on software that i will probably only use once or twice.
Any advice would be appreciated.


the pipster

A:How can i copy my failing 8gb hard drive to my new 80gb hard drive?

For free:

HDClone (free edition only smaller to larger)
PCI CloneMaxx

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i bought a trix hard drive enclosure/case for my 2.5 250GB hard drive. I connected everything up and inserted the hard drive usb into my laptop but windows will not show the drive in my computer. It does make the beeping noise telling me its detected the drive and it also shows in device management.

The strange thing is i tried installing linux on it and it did, but the computer will not boot into it from the enclosure, but does from the hard drive. Ive also tried it on 2 computers and both will not assign the drive and give it a drive letter.

A:external hard drive enclosure will not show/load

You can't boot from a USB drive without some extensive procedures. If you format the drive as NTFS and create a new simple partition, you should be able to assign it a drive letter and it be visible in windows.

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Hope I have given this thread the right description.

This is the situation.

I have today removed the hard drive "Seagate SATA 500 GB " from my old (dead) DELL Inspiron M 501R laptop ( windows 7 SP 1 )

I am going to buy an external enclosure to move all the data ( hopefully ) to my other HP windows 7 SP 1 professional laptop.

When I succeed in this and all the data from the DELL are on the HP, could I then afterwards remove all the old data from the HP on the hard drive from the DELL. In other words, could I do a 100% swap ?

Make the HP an windows 7 SP 1 ?

I would first formate the DELL hard drive completely clean. ( After successfully having transferred EVERYTHING to the HP. )

Could I do this by using Macrium Reflect ?

Is this a silly idea ?

You might ask why ? Just so that if it does not work I can move it all back ?

Thanks for any help in advance.

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Hey there, I have been using the same external enclosure for quite a few months now with no problems at all. I bought a new hard drive the other day (Western Digital SATA 80GB WD800JD), connected it to my PC like a normal HDD, and formatted it to NTFS using EASEUS Partition Master 6.1.1 Professional. I have scanned it for bad sectors via Partition Master, and ran chkdsk; all concluding with no errors.

I connected the HDD to the enclosure like normal, and it worked for a few times. Then last night I tried it and it didn't work. I was originally plugging it into the USB port located near the power button, so I tried using a USB port on the panel round the back, which kind of worked. It said it had to be formatted, so I tried formatting it but an error arose reading "The request could not be performed because of an i/o device error". I switched the enclosure off, waiting a few seconds, then back on again. The light was still on, and it seemed the same appearance-wise, but now it's not being detected in any USB ports on my PC. The USB connect "babum" sound plays, but nothing happens. It no longer shows up in any partition software and in Computer. Also, in Device Manager, it's listed under Disk Drives as 'USB Device', with its status being "This device is working properly."
I connected it to a laptop I got my hands on, and the sound plays, with it not being recognized. It runs Windows the same Windows OS version too, and whe... Read more

A:External Hard Drive Enclosure Stopped Being Detected

It's my experience that enclosures are less reliable than the HDs that we put in them ..
Assuming you get a good brand of HD .. (WD Black series are my favorite)

Sounds like you've tried every thing except try the HD in another enclosure.
For this reason .. I always have a spare enclosure.

And Welcome to the TSG Forum

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I've got an internal 200gb seagate hard drive that i'm putting into an enclosure and running it via usb. what location do I need to have that little jumper in if this is how you are looking at the drive if I just want to use it as extra storage? :

::::::::::::::::::: :::: ****

it is currently in the second position-> ::::

edit: do i need to format the drive, first?

A:Internal Hard Drive in External Enclosure Problems

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Hi All,

I just bought me a new SATA 250GB Hard Drive and a external hard drive enclosure. I received the items today and I just realize the hard drive enclosure doesn't build into the way to connect to the SATA 7-pin data connector. All it has is the Parallel ATA 40-pin data connector.

Can anyone recommend any external hard drive enclosure that can connect to SATA connector directly. And there is a main reason why I choose a SATA hard drive.

Thank you so much.

A:Solved: Looking for Sata External Hard Drive Enclosure

Well, I did this GOOGLE Search and turned up a ton of them. Should keep you busy for several days looking through all the links.

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Hi folks,

Can someone tell me what exactly an external hard drive enclosure does?

I have two possibilities in my mind:

1) Simply protects an external hard drive
2) Allows you to use an internal hard drive outside of the case

My computer case can only hold 1 internal hard drive at a time (using 80 GB), and I've got an old 40 Gb hard drive lying around. Instead of just throwing both away and buying a bigger drive, I was hoping to put the 40 Gb to use.

My hope is that an external enclosure tricks the spare hard drive into thinking that it is inside the case by converting the default data cable into USB 2.0.

Can someone tell me if this is really the case?

Thank you

A:Newbie Question on External Hard Drive Enclosure

You are on the right track;
-the enclosure protects a normal internal ide HDD
-provides cooling and ide terminal connection via USB/firewire
-There is no tricking going on; The USB will recognize and mount the HDD to you computer and the HDD can be accessed and utilized exactly like any other HDD.
There are some small limitations ,but I would not worry it is a very handy thing to use.

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About a month ago I posted a problem I was having with my very old Dell Dimension giving me an FDC failure error instead of booting up. I tried every recommended solution multiple times before finally giving up and deciding to just get a new computer rather than throw good money after bad.

I bought a new Dell Inspiron 530s from Dell Outlet (thanks for the rec, Compaq_) which I received earlier this week. My plan was to take out the old hard drive and use it as a secondary drive on the new one, until I discovered that wouldn't be possible because the Inspiron isn't compatible with PATA.

Eh, no problem, I'll just turn it into an external drive instead. So I bought an Acomdata external enclosure, followed the installation instructions carefully, and connected the external hard drive to the new desktop through the USB port. The computer won't recognize the drive. I tried it on my laptop and had the same problem: not recognized and not listed in the device manager. The LED on the enclosure lights up but the drive isn't spinning or powering up at all.

Could it be that my hard drive is actually dead when all along I thought my motherboard was fried?

Is there any way I can recover the data on the drive?

A:Dead hard drive...or faulty external enclosure?

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First of all Im not big on technical hardware issues but today I bought a Samsung 160gb external hard drive (in an enclosure) for my Toshiba M200 laptop which is running Windows Vista basic. Although Vista detects and installs drivers for the hard drive..the drive does not appear in 'Computer'. I go to 'Disk Management' and I am unable to intialise or format the drive (screen is attached). The drive appears as unreadable and unallocated. Can you help me fix this problem?

A:External hard drive (new) enclosure and Vista problem

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I have a Laptop running Win98 1st. Ed. It's on it's 2nd hard drive. The first was a IBM Travelstar (model# DKLA-24320). It was replaced when the Stone Monkey Virus made it impossible to access the dirve.

Now I am looking for what I think is called an external hard drive caddy or enclosure. I would like to place the old hard drive in the external caddy or enclosure. The caddy or enclosure would have to be either Parallel, USB or PCMICA adaptable. I am hoping to then be able to access the old hard drive that way.

Is there such a Caddy or enclosure, does it go by any other name? If there is such a device please tell me the proper name and where I can find them.

I'd also like to know whether, this sounds like a possible way to access an old laptop hard drive?


A:laptop Hard Drive External Caddy or Enclosure

You can pick up USB external disk cases for peanuts for 2.5" disks. I use them for traveling storage. Here's one typical example: http://www.imagestore.us/product.asp?pf_id=HY-2.5case&dept_id=04-005

Note that you may need a cheap +5V adapter to use this case, you can buy them in the $20 range with the supply included. www.pricewatch.com is your friend.

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What size External Hard Drive Disk Enclosure do I need?

My trusty old Dell Latitude d600 finally died on me - the monitor and screen needs replaced and it would be cheaper to buy a new laptop (apparently).

I want to take the HD out to retrieve my stuff - which size of portable External Hard Drive Disk Enclosure do I need? My new laptop is a Dell Inspiron 6000 and the HD looks the same as my old one.

Do I need a 2.5" enclosure (like this one);


or a 3.5" size like this?;


hope u can help! thanks in advance

A:What size External Hard Drive Disk Enclosure do I need?

Laptop drives are 2.5".

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Ok... I think I have tried everything.

I just purchased a WD 80g hard drive with a USB 2.0 enclosure, but I can not get it to work!

When plugged in (to XP Home) it goes thru the new hardware and comes up as a USB Mass Storage device. It does not show up in My Computer. It is listed in devices as: SDC SD80 )BB-15JKA0 USB Device

I can not partition it thru Computer Management (control panel) under Disk Management it does not even show up, healthy or otherwise!

I then took the drive out of the enclosure, installed it in my desktop and Fdisk, partitioned it and formated it. All good when installed straight. I put it back in the enclosure and all the same thing happen as above!

I really hope I have not invested in a paper weight...please help!


A:Solved: USB 2.0 External Hard Drive (enclosure) Partitioning?!?!

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Please could someone help. I have managed to plug in my old hard drive to try a retrieve data from it. The hard drive is showing up as E recovery but I do not know how to transfer the data over that I want to keep. The laptop is asking to format the drive but if I do this the data will be wiped.

A:external enclosure hard drive showing as E recovery

If you access Disk Management, what does it say about the drive. How many partitions does it show and is one of them shown as RAW or unallocatted?

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I have been looking for a 2TB portable external hard drive with USB 3.0 or equivalent. I'm now thinking seriously about getting a WD:

I'm hearing on other threads that external drives are not built for continuous use (cooling has been mentioned as an issue) and that one needs to go the more expensive route of an internal hard drive in a separately purchased enclosure.

I would prefer having a secondary hard drive running concurrently with my computer. I know cooling devices are available for the internal HDD + enclosure combinations. Are they available for external hard drives?

I intend to have online backup to supplement hardware backup.

Comments on this dispute?

Present :Windows XP
Home Edition
Version 2002
Service Pack 3

Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.66GHz
x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9
2.05 GB of RAM
Graphics Card: Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV
Graphics Controller, 64 Mb
Hard Drive Size 114.4GB
Free Space 37.2 GB
Motherboard: Dell Computer Corp., 0G1548
Antivirus : avast!

Intending to move as soon as I find one to a new laptop with state of the art home user processing, at least 1 TB hard drive, and at least 8 GB RAM.

A:Your view on backup with external hard drive vs. internal HDD in an enclosure?

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Hi all,

Basic summary - I put together a home theater PC (HTPC) a few months ago, the internal hard drive started out ok, then started clicking with long load times, now the PC will only turn on (no image to monitor) and loud hard drive clicking. However, when I moved hard drive to external enclosure, hard drive clicked for 15 minutes, and is now silent. What's going on?

Sys Info for Helpful Laptop - (running Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit) (note - this is for the laptop I'm connecting the external hard drive via USB to, NOT the PC that the hard drive was in)
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU P8600 @ 2.40GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3002 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400 Series , 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 141124 MB, Free - 22170 MB; F: Total - 715301 MB, Free - 537492 MB; G: Total - 99 MB, Free - 71 MB; Q: Total - 9999 MB, Free - 3228 MB; S: Total - 1499 MB, Free - 616 MB;
Motherboard: LENOVO, 2764CTO, Not Available, VF29T9693B3
Antivirus: AntiVir Desktop, Updated and Enabled

Sys Info for Problematic Desktop (running Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit)
Antec MicroFusion Remote 350 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
ASUS M4A78L-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 760G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Athlon II X2 240 AM3 2.8GHZ 2MB 45NM 65W 4000MHZ Pib
Sapphire Radeon HD 5570 - 1 GB DDR3 HDMI/DVI-I/VGA PCI-Expre... Read more

A:Seagate internal hard drive clicks when in PC, but not when in external enclosure?

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Due to problems with my operating system on a laptop with no cd-rom drive I decided to try an boot it up off an external drive. I bought myself a 160gb External hdd but it turned out not to be bootable, with a bit more caution this time i looked out for bootable external hard drives. I have a desktop system with a spare 3.5" hard drive, so an enclosure seems sensible i just needed to know if anyone is for sure about any cheap enclosures that are bootable, once i have the hdd in its enclosure im fine for sorting out my bios etc but i just need anyone with some knowledge on it to tell me for sure because i can only find one manafacturer that will say theres is bootable!

Theo Kirby - Toulouse

A:Solved: External USB 3.5 Inch Hard Drive Enclosure Bootable?

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I have a 1.5TB Seagate SATA HD that's about a yr old. I bought an iMicro external enclosure for it, and I use it for backup storage. So it's turned off most of the time. Over the last couple weeks, I've been having problems getting the drive to connect to the computer when I turn it on (it's connected via USB). The drive clicks, whirs, and speeds up and slows down as it tries to connect. Sometimes I have to turn it off and on again to get it to go.

So is the drive really bad? I thought I'd be in good shape w/ a Seagate drive when I bought it last yr, but recently I heard that they were bought out and their drives aren't that good anymore. Or could it be the external enclosure? Like, if it wasn't supplying good power to the drive, would that make the drive act like that?

I recently got a new MSI mobo that has SATA ports, but my boot drive is IDE. If I tried to hook up the Seagate drive to a SATA port for testing purposes (ie, that would eliminate the external enclosure from the scenario), would that interfere w/ the IDE drive?

A:Solved: Could faulty external hard drive enclosure cause HD to click?

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I recently purchased an external hard drive enclosure (called 2.5" IDE/SATA External Case) for the sole purpose of recovering my data on a hard drive that belongs to my faulty laptop (screen display is no longer functioning), which I am soon sending in for repairs - however, I want to retrieve all of my hard drive data before doing so. Upon using the external hard drive enclosure device and plugging it into multiple other laptops, I ran into a formatting problem when attempting to access the drive. The message that comes up says the following:

"You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it." I initially pressed the option "format disk" but did not go any further, as doing so would erase everything on my disk and, as such, will defeat the whole purpose. I was so fearful!

-What can I do to avoid this message? Is there a way I can retrieve the files on my hard disk without formatting?
-Also, by pressing the first "format disk" option, would this delete everything on my hard drive, or did I need to go further - I believe a warning message shows up before formatting can be accomplished?

I would really appreciate any assistance that could be provided!!!!

Waiting anxiously,


A:Solved: External hard drive enclosure problem - DESPERATE FOR ASSISTANCE!!!!!!!!

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Hi All,

I use a lot of external USB hard drives, and always make sure they are the type where the enclosed HDD has SATA connectors (rather than proprietary), so that if the enclosure fails, the data can still be retrieved from the drive located inside the original enclosure.

I have a Seagate Expansion Desktop USB 3TB Drive (model SRD00F2). This failed, and I was able to ascertain that the controller failed, and the internal HDD was fine.

Easy fix, so I thought. I tried putting the internal drive from faulty Seagate enclosure into an Orico External enclosure (model 3139u3). This enclosure supports SATA hdds up to 10Gb capacity.

The internal HDD from the faulty Seagate enclosure (a SATA Barracuda ST3000DM001) was installed in the Orico enclosure, but this is not accessible, with the only option being to format the installed drive.

There are plenty of in-depth articles about hard drive size limitations, as well as GPT etc etc, so no need to discuss these here.

I was able to come to the conclusion that the internal Seagate drive was OK, by carefully cracking open another Seagate external drive that I had, and putting the drive (from the faulty enclosure) into this known working controller. The drive was fully accessible ? all data intact.

So, I have a workaround ? just use the temp Seagate controller to transfer all data from the HDD to another location.

What is really bugging me, is that if I did not happen to have a spare Seagate enclosure, I would not have had any... Read more

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I got an external hard drive that I reformatted. Its an 80GB drive. After reformatting it, it shrank to 3GB. How is this possible?? How can I fix this??

A:80GB Hard Drive Shrank to 3GB - HELP

Can you show it to us in disk manager?

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