Context: 2.5" 80GB laptop SATA, not work in DELL dsktop,

By g_man1 ·
Context: 2.5" 80GB laptop SATA, not work in DELL dsktop, tried a couple of Ext Enclosure and Internal Adapter on desktop PC ... NO GO...

Computer steps through "found new drive...", but NO SHOW in My Computer.
Drive shows up in Device manager, but no Volume info
Press 'Populate' button but produce
[TYPE=Dynamic], [Status=Foreign], [Capacity, space...=0]
Drive shows up in Disk Mgr but no volume info.
Tried other machines, same result, no go...
Tried jumpers on all drives, still no go.

Data on drive, therefore, I cannot format drive.

Tried Extr Enclosure connected to laptop, it shows up correctly ...

THE NET: works w/ laptop, not with desktop PC

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Try this

by Jacky Howe In reply to Context: 2.5" 80GB laptop ...

Right-click on My Computer and select Manage.

From the Computer Management screen, select Disk Management.

In this window you should see all of your connected physical drives, their format, if they are healthy, and the drive letter.

Change the drive letter of the drive. Right-click on the drive in the list, and from the resulting menu select "Change Drive Letters and Paths"

Click on Change so you can change the drive letter. Click Change.

Select a new drive letter from the drop down list, preferably the one that is not normally used for this drive.

Click Yes on the confirmation screen and you are done.

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Context: 2.5" 80GB laptop SATA, not work in DELL dsktop,

by g_man1 In reply to Try this

"... if they are healthy, and the drive letter ..." from the orig question ... the drive is healthy (is visible from other laptops) but no drive info appears b/c the volume info is missing. The info that appears is Dynamic and all 'size' info is 0.

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Ok try to reinstall it

by Jacky Howe In reply to Context: 2.5" 80GB laptop ...

In Device Manager right-click your device, and then click Properties, Driver and select Uninstall

If your device is not listed in Device Manager, it is not recognized by your computer. You need to install a new device driver manually.

To install a driver manually

Close any open programs.
Start the Add Hardware Wizard.
Click Next, and wait for Windows to search for Plug and Play hardware. Most newer hardware is Plug and Play, so you will rarely need to go beyond this step.
If no Plug and Play hardware is found, a list of hardware types appears. Click Add a new hardware device, and then click Next.
Click Install the hardware that I manually select from a list, and then click Next.
In the Common hardware types list, click the appropriate hardware category, and then click Next.
In the Manufacturers list, click the manufacturer of your hardware, and then in the Models list, click the model name.

Or, click Have Disk if you have an updated or third-party driver to install for your hardware.
Click Next, and then follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.

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Context: 2.5" 80GB laptop SATA, not work in DELL dsktop,

by g_man1 In reply to Ok try to reinstall it

Tried to re-install ... computer found HDD ... but, same problem ...
are you aware of laptop w/ XP Home has 2.5" SATA driver but desktop w/ XP doesn't b/c desktop HDD are 3.5".

I also notice the volume info does not show on Laptop but HDD appears in My Computer for use and w/ correct data/dirs.... strange ???

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See if this works

by Jacky Howe In reply to Context: 2.5" 80GB laptop ...

It will depend on your motherboard, see if these settings can be configured in the BIOS.

1. Turn on the SATA ports in BIOS.
2. Turn on the SATA/PATA controllers in BIOS.
3. Install the Windows XP SATA drivers for the Hard Drive.

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Where did this come from?

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Context: 2.5" 80GB laptop ...

If it came out of a IBM NB there is no way to read it in anything but that model IBM NB as there is a Security Chip on the NB's Mother Board that caries any Passwords and without this chip it's not possible to read the Drive. You can Format it and work with it from there but never recover the Data without a Compatible M'Board to what it was originally connected to.

If it came out of an External Enclosure the same applies but there is another possibility as well . If the drive was constantly removed without using the Safely Remove Option the Partition Information has been destroyed so it needs to be attacked with some form of data recovery Software to rebuild the MBR's or recover the data with the cheaper Data Recovery Software that is available. Depending on what is on the drive and where it came from governs how you attempt to work with it and recover the data.

If you do not have any Data Recovery Software and want to attack the drive here is a list of the more commonly available Applications but remember the more that you attack it the less likely you are able to be to recover Data off it.














While the last 2 are from the same company they are very different products. Win Hex should only be considered foe use by someone who knows Hex Inside Out while Davory is a great cheap General Purpose Application.

Personally I prefer the On Track Option but it's anything but cheap. However because I use this type of software a lot it's paid for itself many times over by now, for a cheaper option Spin Rite from Gibson Research or Stella have both very good reputations by other TR members.


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Context: 2.5" 80GB laptop SATA, not work in DELL dsktop,

by g_man1 In reply to Where did this come from?

"...Where did this come from?..." not the issue b/c when in external enclosure, the HD appears correctly in other laptops ... but not on any XP PCs. HD was orig in XP laptop and has NTFS format.

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And the brand of the NB that it is working in is?

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Context: 2.5" 80GB laptop ...

But if it works in none of the newer NB's with added Security all that you should need do is look in Drive Management and change the drive letter.

If that doesn't work there is an issue with Security.

It's as simple as that.


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Another place where you are going wrong is here

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Context: 2.5" 80GB laptop ...

Tried jumpers on all drives, still no go

If this is a SATA Drive there are no jumpers that need changing with the possible exception of the Drive that you wish to read load or whatever you may need to add a Jumper to this drive to limit the speed of the Drive to SATA 1 speeds. Some M'Boards do not support the higher speeds or the Newer SATA Drives. While this is mostly VIA Chip Sets others may also be affected.

If you ant to boot from this drive you'll need to disconnect any other drives that may be installed in this Desktop computer. If they remain in place and have a Boot Partition on them they will take precedence over the SATA Drive and it will not be possible to boot from this drive.

If there are no SATA Drives in this Desktop already are you sure that the SATA Drivers have been installed? Most need these included so that the Drive is recognized by Windows which doesn't provide Native Support for this format Drive.


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