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External HDD case for pc

By footclan ·
About 2 weeks ago I bought a new 160GB HDD for my ps2 along with a case with USB 2.0. I did install it sucessfully and it worked on IDE, but when I use USB , it's not detected in my computer. Luckily, I don't need this feature as it some how detects it on USB in the program I use to transfer ISO's to the HDD. Now, I bought another 160GB HDD and another case(different)this one being for my laptop. Since i use XP, it should be detected auto right? Well, it doesn't. I've tried installing the drivers using control panel and the disk, but I get "the instalation failed because a function driver was not specified for this instance".
I know the HDD works as I tested it and formatted it and I believe the case to be fault free because I get a green light. Any suggestions? Also, on my PC, under the safely remove hardware, my HDD is detected as a USB mass media device. However on my laptop, it is not.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to External HDD case for pc

Well the Mass Storage Device is correct as that is what should be coming up but also with the drive also listed. What is the jumper setting of the HDD that you are fitting to the USB Caddies? They should be set to Master or Cable Select depending on the maker which you have not specified here. Also with the 3.5 inch USB caddies there should be an external power supply make sure that this is not only plugged in but is also working properly if you have a Multi Meter measure the Voltage on the output pins it should be somewhere around the 12 V DC mark a little either way will not hurt but much more than .5 V is too much.

The same applies to the one for the LT as well if it is a 3.5 inch drive the USB ports can not supply enough power to run one of these and they do need the power adapter. With XP whatever it should auto detect the USB device and I really have never had a problem doing this with any USB caddy but the Drive in it has to be set to either Master or Cable Select whatever was the factory default if they are set to Slave they just will not work properly. As the software you are using with the PS can see the USB Drive it has to be something in the software clashing with another program installed.

Since it is working the obvious thing to do would be a clean install with just Windows XP an AV program and the USB drivers see if it them works and then you can start adding one program at a time or device driver reboot and check the USB Drive until it stops being seem they you will know what the problem piece of Software/Hardware Driver is and you can try to get a new driver if that is the problem or not install the piece of software.

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It would be a reasonable thing to try with the LT as well but with those I always use 2.5 inch Notebook drives as all that is required is to plug in the drive and off you go so far I've either used personally well over 1,000 of these things either as my own personal or new ones that I format up and sell to customers knowing that they are working with out a single problem. But I always use the metal case ones as they dissipate the heat produced by the HDD better and stop it overheating like the plastic one can do.

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It was the jumper settings! I didn't know that different HDD's had different settings..let alone a different number of pins. Tbanks alot!

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