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External Hard Drive problems

By ptprowan ·
I took the hard drive from my old laptop, a HP Pavillion ze4900 and put it in a case, a Inland Products usb 2.0 hdd enclosure that says on the box: connects a 2.5" hard disk drive easily to any usb port. Fully support 2.0 hi-speed USB data transfer. Fully USB 1.1 downwards compatable. Built-in USB 2.0 to IDE Interface. Controller with general IDE interface & bulk-only transfer of USB mass storage class support UP TO UDMA66 for storage device. The cd rom that came with it does not work. When I put the cd rom in, and try to install it, it comes up for windows 98 only.

I checked the website for inland products and didn't find any software downloads. www.inland-products.com

When I plug the hard drive into my USB port, my new laptop, dell inspiron 1525 does not even acknowledge it. How do I make this work??

I want to get to my files that are on my old laptop hard drive, and use them on my new laptop.

Thank you all for your help and suggestions.
Rowan.

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The driver disc is ONLY for Win98 ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to External Hard Drive probl ...

Win98 didn't have USB support. That's why there is only driver software for Win98 on the disc.

What operating system does your laptop have?
Have you tried all your USB ports?

Does the USB lead terminate with TWO plugs, if so have you connected both of them? The two plugs are sometimes provided because laptops can't always provide sufficient power to drive an external hard drive.

Have you tried connecting this USB enclosure to a desktop PC? This would tend to prove/disprove the power problem.


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my os

by ptprowan In reply to The driver disc is ONLY f ...

hi, my computer has windows xp. i will try and plug both plugs in and see what happens. thank you for your help.

rowan

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What was the

by Jacky Howe In reply to External Hard Drive probl ...

problem with the Drive before removing it and putting it in the caddy. Have you installed it into the caddy correctly. Recheck your connections.

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drive situation

by ptprowan In reply to What was the

i took the drive out of the old laptop because the old laptop had internal power plug problems and wouldn't keep running, wouldn't charge the battery. i am a long haul truck driver and don't use a desktop, only use a laptop.

i had the drive installed in the caddy at the place i bought the caddy from.

i will check the connections again. when the guy put the drive with the caddy, he matched the green side of the drive with the green side in the caddy.

thank you for your help,
rowan

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2.5 inch drives fit into the caddy upside-down ! ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to External Hard Drive probl ...

I know they'll fit upside-down because I once did it myself.

Needless to say, it wasn't recognised when I plugged it into the USB port.

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I thought that I was the only :)

by Jacky Howe In reply to 2.5 inch drives fit into ...

one to do things like that.

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drive fit

by ptprowan In reply to 2.5 inch drives fit into ...

i had the place where i bought the caddy put the drive in there for me. he matched the green side of the drive with the green side of the caddy!! lol. I hope that is correct, I will double check it. Oh, and when I plug one plug into the usb, the green light does come on. So i will try plugging both usb plugs in and see what happens if anything!!

thank you for your help,
Rowan

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Remove the drive from the USB Caddy

by OH Smeg In reply to External Hard Drive probl ...

Turn it over on it's back and remove the Plastic Jumper from the 2 Pins that it is shorting out. Do not refit the Jumper and plug the HDD back into the caddy.

When you go to Plug the HDD into the NB make sure that you use both of the USB Plugs on the Y Cable to ensure that you actually have enough power available from the USB Ports to run the External HDD.

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plug

by ptprowan In reply to Remove the drive from the ...

thank you for your help. i will check this out and plug both usb plugs in. i had only plugged one in the port and noticed the green light came on, to me, that meant it had power, but perhaps not enough power.

thank you for your help
rowan

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BIOS entry

by Jacky Howe In reply to plug

1. Open Computer Setup by turning on or restarting the
notebook. Press f10 while the F10 = Based Setup message is
displayed in the lower-left corner of the screen.


On the Advanced Menu under Device options

Make sure that this is enabled

■ Enable/Disable USB legacy support for a USB
keyboard, mouse, and hub. When USB legacy
support is enabled

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