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Hard Drive Enclosure Makes Keyboard Stop Working

Q: Hard Drive Enclosure Makes Keyboard Stop Working

I am going to read the tutorial online. My keyboard not working was really the major problem, Thanks for being here and I apologize for taking up a thread like this. May the Lord bless you all.

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I've got an Integral 2.5 HDD enclosure, which contains my laptop's hard drive. I'm trying to connect to a PC using USB, but the PC is not reading anything. The enclosure is powered because the light is not. I had the HDD check so I know that's all working fine. I've tried it on Vista and XP (two different machines), but still no luck.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance for any help

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i installed Avast on my laptop w/vista home premium by following the instruction on this site today. but several problems have occurred,
1.i can't access internet after the system wakes up from sleep mode, i had to rely on windows repair tool for it to reconnect everytime(it normally gets connected automatically),i have dsl cable directly plugged in my computer.
2. my harddrive seems to be spinning all the time like non stop.
3. i got this message " windows has blocked some startup programs"

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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... Read more

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


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So basically I have been having issues with choppy sound and I searched around and am pretty sure it is a hard drive problem. I went to primary IDE and found that it was in PIO mode and there is no way for me to change it to DMA through the menu. I used HD tune to check my HD and it failed for Reallocated Sector Count (Current: 1 Worst: 1 Threshold 36: Data: 60481 Status: Failed) and got a yellow caution for Spin Retry count (Current: 99, Worst: 36 Threshold 34 Data 0). The problem is that I cannot get a new laptop and my current laptop I leave it on for long periods of time but in sleep mode. It has a noisy fan and it overheats very fast and its battery is ruined so I have to keep it constantly plugged in. Is my hard drive going to stop working soon because I have important files that I have no way of backing up for a month or so and is there any way to fix it?

A:Is my hard drive going to stop working soon?

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I was working on a laptop tonight and was cleaning it out. I noticed it was considerably slow for what it was and should be faster. I didn't find much when cleaning it but did notice it had an abundant amount of programs that start up and 256mb of ram. What really annoyed me though was that the hard drive would not stop working AT ALL. I checked task manager to see what was eating up the CPU and nothing was. I booted into safe mode and got the same thing. The light just keeps on blinking and I can hear it working. It makes no sense to me. Any ideas?

A:Hard drive will not stop working but not using CPU?

Well, you may want to download the disk manufacturer diagnostic and see if it's hitting bad sectors and retrying. Since it's running slow without processor usage, that's one possibility. I'd also suggest a IMMEDIATE backup of any data you value on that drive.

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I have tried many times to put iTunes on my lap top. Each time I do, it makes my CD-Rom stop working. I have to do a System Restore in order to fix it. My CD/DVD Rom is: Optiarc DVD RW AD7560A ATA Device. I can see it in my Devices but it has an exclamation point next to it. When I click on properties it says "This device cannot start. (Code 10)" My operating system is Windows Vista.

I called Apple support and they directed me to http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2615?viewlocale=en_US

I followed the directions at the link, but it did not fix the probelm. Any suggestions?

A:iTunes makes CD-ROM to stop working.

Huvsluv said:

I have tried many times to put iTunes on my lap top. Each time I do, it makes my CD-Rom stop working. I have to do a System Restore in order to fix it. My CD/DVD Rom is: Optiarc DVD RW AD7560A ATA Device. I can see it in my Devices but it has an exclamation point next to it. When I click on properties it says "This device cannot start. (Code 10)" My operating system is Windows Vista.

I called Apple support and they directed me to http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2615?viewlocale=en_US

I followed the directions at the link, but it did not fix the probelm. Any suggestions?Click to expand...

Try again.
Make sure to follow instructions exactly.

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One of the users at my company has had multiple computers blue screen on him lately... this is the 4th BSoD-laden computer, but it's got me and the Sys Admin pretty stumped, so maybe I can find an answer here. The computer is a CSI (off)brand with AMD Athlon XP proc & Windows XP.

The problem hdd is a WD 400, and we also have another working WD 400 in another computer that I'll mention later. Both have Windows XP Pro SP2 installed and were originally in separate computers (each was the only harddrive in its comp originally).

Trying to start a computer with the problem WD 400 alone results in a blue screen error right after the windows screen (if I remember correctly...it's not long after the hdd, etc is recognized anyways), and gives the STOP error 0x00000024, and mentions some problems with the NTFS. I found that the ..24 STOP error has to do with the NTFS.sys file, but that doesn't help me much. The computer does not let me do anything after this BSoD error, and upon restart, I just get the same error, no matter which Safe/etc mode I try...it doesnt load into any of the modes.

So then I tried having it as a slave drive to the working WD 400 from the other computer...in various ways (using jumpers/cable select/etc). The only setup it would accept out of all of those was a jumper-set master & slave combination... all others had repeating reboots and flashing BSoD errors in between. When I had the two setup as master/slave with the jumper, it d... Read more

A:STOP 0x00000024 Even when the hard drive is slave to a known working hdd with XP

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I've got all SATA in a slightly old (Abit AI7) computer. When adding the Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD - RW (Sata) w/ lightscribe my only boot devices that are recognized are the CD and the floppy. To get unstuck, I have to unplug the data cable to the new DVD drive and boot the Vista Home Premium (32 bit) DVD and 'repair' the system so it can find the Vista boot drive and activate it again. I don't think my other disk with XP will boot since I did the repair, but one thing at a time. How can I get the
DVD to work (it does boot) AND the hard drives to boot. I tried different setting in the CMOS and switched the cables. I'm using a Sil3512a Esata PCI card, so I've got one Esata in back and two Sata connectors ion the mobo and 1 sata on the card edge of the Sil3512. Sorry if this is confusing. I'm not going to plug in the data cable with the system booted in to Vista, but how can I install drivers (none should be necessary) if the system can't 'see' my OS with the data cable plugged in. No wonder the DVD drive was only $20! paj692

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Hello, I recently got a new hard drive as a gift (500GB Seagate drive) and I seem to always have issues with the drive. Sometimes, only in Windows related stuff, the drive will just suddenly stop working, it will still spin and the HDD LED will blink once every second, the OS will slowly crash. The SATA connection is fine and I havent had this issue until I got this drive and it only seems to happen in Windows, maybe I need drivers? The drive will work fine for a while and then at one point will just stop reading and writing. I've had this issue my first time installing windows from fresh install and wouldnt work for a while. Sometimes screwing around with the devices SATA connection on the motherboard or the Hard Drive would help or fix the problem for a while. Im not sure what the issue is and I am debating between driver issue and hardware issue. Any thoughts?

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Okay so my PC is plugged into HDMI port 1 and my PS4 is in port 2. However when i'm on port one and i turn the ps4 on port one stops working. it works up until that point and it didn't do this with my xbox260 where the ps4 is now. and to get port one to work again i have to unplug the ps4 hdmi cord and then change from hdmi 1 to a random channel and then back to hsmi 1 for it to show up again

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Hi guys,

I am attempting to simply copy mp4 files from my laptop/PC to my generic usb mass storage device I recently bought. I have a Sandisk Cruzer blade that works no problem. I bought a new 512gb usb disk from amazon because I wanted to be able to fit more VR videos to play on ps4's VR cinema app Littlstar. When I copy the mp4 files to the mass storage device they lose the picture of the file and just become the icon and no longer play even after they have fully transferred and the size is exactly the same as the original file.

Any help would be much appreciated.

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I installed a new hard drive on Dell Inspiron 1501 Laptop, started up and got to the "Press Any Key to Continue" message on black screen, but when I press any key nothing happens.

A:After hard drive install keyboard not working

Please do not start multiple threads on the same topic. Continue here.

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Is there such thing as a hard drive enclosure for a SATA 3.5'' drive that does not require an AC adapter as an extra source of power? I am looking for one, but they all seem to need extra power

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Not recommending, but here is one.


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hi i was wondering if i take my computer harddrive and put it in a usb case to make it a usb hard drive would i beable to then take my portable hard drive to anycomputer and boot my windows xp off of it?


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Please help!

I recently upgraded my operating system to Windows 7 64 bit. I have an Intel MB with an E4500 core 2 dou processor running with 4 gigs ram.

I have an old ide enclose that all of the sudden wont be seen by the new operating system. I have changed the jumper on the hard drive in every combination possible. In the past, I have found that different computers can be sensitive to jumper positions wven if its not logical, its just the way it is.

Anyway, its a WD1600JB hard drive. When I plug it into the USB port on my box, it makes that quick 2 tone sound through the speakers, but then nothing happens. So when I manually check under devices, sometimes it tells me the device is working properly and shows up as a USB mass storage device, and sometimes it tell me the drivers could not be found.

In either case, when you look under computer, it NEVER shows up as an accessible hard drive like it should.

The hard drive is spinning for sure, and I know it was working recently, so I doubt that it is broken, its more that the new operating system doesnt like it, plus again, it sometimes does show as a mass storage device that is working properly under devices although its never accessible.

I am wondering if I should try getting a new enclosure.

Any help will be greatly appreciated!

A:Hard Drive Enclosure not being seen by 7

Welcome to SevenForums Michael

Try this:

Start Computer Management Disk Management

If the Ext HD shows up, see if you can right click on it & asign it a drive Letter

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I need a good SATA hard drive enclosure with a fan

I'm trying to decide between this Bytecc enclosure:

and this Thermaltake enclosure:

Has anyone had good or bad experiences with these companies and enclosures?

A:Which Hard Drive Enclosure is Better

I'd go with Thermaltake, if only because it is an established brand that produces good-quality items.

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Hi i am looking to buy a hard drive enclosure to plug into my linksys storage link that is on my network. Would the one that i am looking at work for me. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1515511&Tab=11&NoMapp=0

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I have a Western Digital WD500KS Serial ATA hard drive. I purchased a Kingwin KH350SEU-BK enclosure only to find that I couldn't get it to work. Could someone suggest some enclosures that will work with this size SATA drive?

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I took one of my old drive from my old computer and installed in the Antec MX-1 Actively Cooled Hard Drive Enclosure.
Then I plug the USB into my note book, the USB to SATA bridge works fine.
However, I can not see the drive in "My Computer".

I have checked a few posts and I looked into Disk Management.
I found that Disk 0 is the internal HDD for the notebook, and Disk 1 is the enclosure HDD, my old drive, but it says that the disk is dynamic and is invalid.

Is that the reason why I can not see my drive in My Computer?
If a convertion is a must, can I still keep my data?

Thanks for your help

A:Hard Drive Enclosure not being seen

Hello d...., welcome to the forum
Is it possible to put the drive back into your old PC copy the data off it, format the drive and copy the data back again?
If a conversion is a must there are third party dynamic disc converters which should keep your data intact; Download Dynamic Disk Converter Trial to check the conversion of the dynamic to basic disk I have never used this so I do not know how good it is

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What hard drive enclosure would i need for this?
Hard drive:
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Will this work?
DYNAMODE USB-HD2.5S-BN 2.5? SATA USB 2.0 Hard Drive Enclosure - Black Deals | PC World

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Just realised i put this thread in the wrong topic...

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I'm trying to help my sister out. She has a couple old IDE hard drives out of an older computer that she would like to get access to photos that were stored on them, without being backed up I don't really know what to look for. I'm not sure what info you might need to help me with this. Can anyone tell me if either of these might work?



Thanks for any info.

A:Hard Drive Enclosure

Those would work, but the main use for the second one would be optical drives based on it's 5.25" size.

If its just to temporarily get the data off you may want to consider a USB to SATA/PATA(IDE) adapter like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232002
It has the added benefit of being compatible with modern SATA drives as well as older PATA/IDE drives.

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i have a 3.5 sata hard drive enclosure, that i'm using it to clean my pc hard drive that crash when i downloaded theSP1 update for windows vista, and i'm trying it on my older pc with windows xp, but no matter what i try does not recognise it any help will be appreciated thanks.

A:hard drive enclosure

what are you trying to do, see what is on the drive or boot to it on the older pc?

You can try going into diskmanagement. If it sees the drive there, you may need to assign a drive letter to it.

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What would be the best type and size of hard drive enclosure for my Seagate 40GB
ST340810A? 3.5" or 5.25" ?

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You'd want a 3.5" enclosure, 5.25" would be for something like a CD\DVD drive. Needs to be IDE internally and probably USB externally.

As for brand, don't get the cheapest one you find but you also don't need anything too expensive either.

Here's a decent one I've used: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817145125

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I've pulled an old IDE hard drive from a xp computer. chuck it up in my IDE enclosure, plug it into my win7 pc, and nothing. not listed in dev man, computer, or disk manager, zip. i plug the same set up into another xp computer, no prob. i need my win7 pc to recognize it so i can save some info off it. i dont have continuous access to the xp pc i tried it on, so i cant use that one for the rescue. my win7 pc will detect my ata/sata enclosures fine, just not this IDE one.

A:IDE hard drive enclosure

I use a USB to IDE/SATA kit, like this one. Even with the USB 2.0 limits it moves data fast enough for occasional use. Simple to use, no drivers needed, just plug and play. You can even retrieve from a floppy disk.

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I have several portable hard drives in their own enclosures that I would like to consolidate into a single 4 bay enclosure. This would require removal of a hard drive from each single enclosure and mounting into the 4 bay enclosure. I don't want to format or lose the data on any of these drives. I want to be able to access each drive separately by its drive letter. I would be attaching this enclosure to my Laptop via USB 3.0. I have a few questions:
- Is it as simple as disassembly of the single enclosure and mounting into the bay and making USB connections/esata?
- Will Windows try to consolidate the 4 drives into 1, or leave them as unique hard drives?
Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced 4-bay enclosure for this application?
Thanks for your anticipated help.

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OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4700HQ CPU @ 2.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 60 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 12168 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4600, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 236673 MB, Free - 90658 MB; E: Total - 238466 MB, Free - 187882 MB; F: Total - 238470 MB, Free - 237806 MB; H: Total - 2861575 MB, Free - 2475033 MB; J: Total - 1907725 MB, Free - 1340710 MB; L: Total - 476936 MB, Free - 122919 MB; S: Total - 2861575 MB, Free - 1576841 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC., N750JV
Antivirus: Norton Security, Updated and Enabled

A:4 Bay Hard Drive Enclosure

Here you go;
You do understand that some more modern external drives do not use a sata connector and would not work in a multi bay enclosure. Older external drives are just an internal drive in the enclosure and would work fine in a multi bay unit.
Will Windows try to consolidate the 4 drives into 1, or leave them as unique hard drives?Click to expand...

Only if you tell it to do so.
I don't want to format or lose the data on any of these drivesClick to expand...

You would not have to format the drive however IF you value the data, you have multiple copies. Data that you do not have at least two copies [on separate media] is data you do not care about and you should expect to lose said data. ALL drives fail; it is only a question of when your drive will fail.

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Now that it seems my hard drive is permanently broken, I was wondering which hard drive to get. Because I am unfamiliar with the specifications, I don't know whether my old one: http://www.amazon.com/Iomega-Presti...1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1246080234&sr=8-1

is IDE or SATA


A:Which Hard Drive Enclosure

External USB Hard drive enclosures like you show, can either be SATA or IDE, it doesn't matter. All the computer knows is that it is a USB external drive

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Hi all,

I'm just having a problem with a hard drive enclosure I recently bought. My Dell hard drive recently started causing me a bit of trouble so I bought this enclosure in the hope of diagnosing & backing up the hard drive on another computer.

The hard drive is http://www.komplett.ie/k/ki.asp?sku=314041 and was in my Dell Dimension 9150.

The enclosure is actually at the bottom of that page as part of "Accessories for this product" so I presumed they were compatible http://www.komplett.ie/k/ki.aspx?sku=326875

Having opened up the enclosure it seems to have only an IDE connection on it (http://www.vgmusic.com/faq/gallery/plugs/p-IDE.jpg), while the Dell hard drive is a SATA connection (http://www.pcstats.com/articleimages...H62N_sata2.jpg) . I can't for the life of me figure out how this is an accessory for that hard drive without buying one of these http://img.diytrade.com/cdimg/393891/6685853/0/1219205655/IDE_to_SATA_ADAPTER.jpg

Any suggestions on what I'm missing? Have I just bought the wrong enclosure?

Thanks for any help.

Edit: updating dead link

A:Hard drive enclosure help

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I have two hard drives installed, C drive is my system drive and F drive is to store digital pictures. I also have a DVD read drive and a CD RW drive. I am going to remove both the CD and DVD drives. I am going to install an optical drive that does both. A Plextor PX 712. I am going to install an enclosure in the open slot and install my F drive in it. Then I will be able to remove the F drive and install a new drive in the enclosure and Ghost an image of my C drive to the new HD. I will then remove the new drive and reinstall the F drive. This way if my existing C drive dies I am ready. I would just like to hear from anyone with enclosues who has done this and could give any info on what problems I may run into. Thank you for the help.

A:Hard Drive in an Enclosure

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Hi. I have discovered a problem with the audio drivers of my computer (Y700-15ISK), the problem is that when installed the audio drivers that Lenovo has in its download section on the support page, the same audio drivers will make the microphone stop working, the microphone after this installation will become static only, but when using the driver that Microsoft gives me by default in Windows 7 everything works fine, but the "Enhancements" tab in the options of the microphone is deleted. (Enhancements tab is why I want the Audio Driver)

BSOD Experimented User

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Hello, I've finally got around to removing the hard drive from a 20 year old tower pc.

What hard drive enclosure (is that what they are called?) do I need to be able to access the data on the drive?
Any recommendations?
Also, is there anything I should be careful with, any 'watch outs' when doing this - or is it pretty straight forward?

It's a: Fujitsu MPD3084AT -P2 ID: YFIB

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I'm having the same issues as this lady. I have two IDE hard drives from older computers that I want to try to recover data from. I got a new enclosure all set up, plugged the first drive in (Drive 5), and it doesn't register under My Computer. I right click My Computer, go to Manage, avoid initializing/formatting the drive, and find that it's offline and unallocated. This is what it looks like.

I right click the drive listing (left side) and click Offline, hoping that'll bring it online. "The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error." Right click the right side, and I see "new simple volume, new spanned volume, new striped volume, properties, help." The latter two are clickable, the rest gray. I do everything the 'net tells me to do: change the jumper to Master, clean it with compressed air, restart the computer, restart the enclosure, reinstall the enclosure driver. Nothing changes.

I try plugging the enclosure into mom's laptop, and "offline" is now grayed out when I right click the left side of the drive listing. On the right side, "new simple volume" is clickable now, but my friend says that will also initialize the drive and erase everything, so I didn't try it. Apart from these differences, everything was exactly the same.

So I use the steps in the thread I linked in the beginning, hoping that the data recovery tool might be able to access the drive. When it scans all devices, however, the enclos... Read more

A:new hard drive enclosure, drive doesn't register

What kind of enclosure did you buy? The drives may be genuinely unusable, or it might be a problem with the enclosure.

When I want to salvage data from old drives I use this old tried-and-true Kingwin SATA/IDE->USB 2.0 adapter. Very inexpensive (so you can try it out yourself for minimal cost investment), but very reliable in my own experience. If you have a very large drive (e.g. SATA) that you want to access, it might be worth considering their USB 3.0 version for just a few dollars more because of the much faster USB 3.0 transfer speed.

I wouldn't give up yet on your IDE drives yet until I'd given this other adapter approach a shot. Never failed for me.

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I am sure many of you know about the possibility of booting up Windows XP in an external hard drive and I do agree that it sounds iffy, but I am currently trying it out. Right now I have a copy of Windows XP that is modified for use with an external hard drive and I have used this to install a copy of XP on an external hard drive which is really just a regular SATA drive inside an enclosure. I tried installing XP onto the external through my older computer with these specs:

AMD 64 3000+ 2.0 Ghz
Asus K8V SE Deluxe
It did not work on there. The XP install just gives me a message about how it can't access the drive, but then I tried the install again on my laptop running Windows Vista, and these are the specs for the laptop:

Intel Core 2 Duo T5500 1.5 Ghz
Not sure about the motherboard at this time
It seems to install fine and boot up fine on this computer through the external USB. I know that the older computer can boot from a USB since I previously installed Ubuntu and booted that off the USB with no problems. However, when I try plugging in this external back on the older PC, I get the very common 7B stop error and then the computer restarts. What my question is how will I be able to get Windows XP on this external drive so I can use my older PC with no internal drive?

EDIT: Maybe it is because my laptop has an internal drive along with it? I don't think that has to do anything though. Anyway, that is just another thing that might help so I am g... Read more

A:Windows XP on Hard Drive in Enclosure

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Hello forum members,

I am just debating whether I should buy a NAS RAID Enclosure or just a regular RAID Hard Drive Enclosure.

For the NAS, I was looking at the Synology DS412+ ($600) or the DS1513+ ($800) or the Drobo 5N ($500).
For the regular RAID Enclosures, I was looking at the Drobo 5D ($600) or the Mediasonic ProRaid ($190)

Why should I buy a NAS? I need this for backing-up all of my files (movies, music, documents) and photo-editing (Photoshop and Lightroom). Plus I am using this to back up my tens of thousands of images.

A:Should I Buy A NAS or RAID Hard Drive Enclosure?

What is wrong with backing those files to a regular external HDD. For 2TB, that would cost you less than $100.

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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

A:Hard Drive for External USB 2 Enclosure

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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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Our computer went out about 2 weeks ago (the cache memory went out) and so we replaced it with a new computer, but we had just purchased and installed a new hard drive 3 months previous. We would like to save our old hard drive and we were told that if we bought an enclosure for it then we can hook it up to the computer, retrieve our files and use it as an external hard drive. My question is I am not sure what size case to buy. I went online and looked at external enclosures and the sizes are 2.5 or 3.5, but when I measured our hard drive it was 5 inches X 5 1/2 X 1/2 ", so now I am not sure what size enclosure I need. If someone could help me I would appreciate that.

A:Hard drive enclosure/case

If there is an enclosure sold for that unusual, but once common, hard drive, I don't know where you would find it.
You apparently have one of the very good, but unusually sized hard drives from the 90's that was found in several Gateway, HP, and Compaq computers... They came in various sizes from 3 GB to 12 GB to 20 GB... They will connect fine, but there is no enclosure.
You may need a tech's help, or some body experienced in saving data so you do not damage or lose what you have.
You need, temporarily, an IDE or EIDE computer... not one with a SATA drive...
But you can also use that drive WITHOUT the Enclosure... just the connector if you have total control of your working space.
I can send you a photo, but describing it is cumbersome.
Some enclosured require you to mount the drive (3.5 inches) in the enclose. Some do not.
One end has a power socket and a USB port with a small circuit board that is 4 inches wide and 2 inches long... with power cable and EIDE cable.
This will fit nicely on your hard drive, but it may be difficult for you to know how to do it unless you have experience putting your hands inside the case.
The device costs $27 to $40 depending on where you buy it.
one power cable goes to the power socket on the hard drive. The other cable, an EIDE 80 conductor, 40 connector cable connects to the computer business end of your hard drive.
Then you would place it on a non-conductive surface on a table or desk that will not be used for anything... Read more

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I need more space on my computer. I want to put a hard drive into an external enclosure. However I am afraid of compatability issues between the hard drive I buy and the enclosure I buy. What do I need to know to make sure I don't have a problem? Thank you in advance for your suggestions.

A:Solved: Hard Drive in an enclosure

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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 recently purchased a 300GB Maxtor hard drive and 3.5" Hard drive enclosure. I hooked up everything and the computer recognizes that a "mass storage device" was hooked up but it's not registering in My Computer and I cannot access the hard drive... how do I solve this problem??

A:Solved: Hard Drive Enclosure???

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I have an external hard drive enclosure that has a hard drive installed in it. I want to make sure the fan in the enclosure is working. I would like to unscrew and open the enclosure and then turn it on to make sure I see the fan running. I would leave the hard drive installed while doing this. Is it okay to do this, or could it damage something?

Also, after I open the enclosure, is it okay if I touch the hard drive while it is running to feel how hot it is.

A:Open Hard Drive Enclosure

If the fan is working, you should feel air coming out of the exhaust.
It's ok to touch the HD when it's on as long as you don't touch the control circuit board on the bottom of it.

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AM having a tough time getting the PC I'm suing a 64 bit about 1.7Ghz. to recognize a hard drive in a hard drive enclosure. I've tried different pin settings and it didn't work. I think the HD was formatted with NTFS. Does that make a difference? How can files off of this HD, which is partitioned in two sections.?

A:Can't use Hard Drive and HD Enclosure to get files off HD/Win XP

If it is an IDE drive, you need to set the jumpers to Master. If it is an SATA drive you may want to set the jumper to force SATA I, some SATA enclosures don't support SATAII.

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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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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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Hello, I just purchased a 2.5 hard drive enclosure for my Fujitsu drive that I removed from my broken laptop. (Laptop was dropped). I assembled the enclosure, connected it to the USB port on my pc, lights come on on the enclosure, I hear it spinning BUT my PC won't recognize it. Why? FYI, the Fujitsu drive from my laptop has Vista OS on it and my PC is an XP OS. Is that the difference maker? Please help....

A:Please help with hard drive enclosure issue

Are you trying this on the dropped machine? If so, there may be more damage...

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