HDD connected through USB

By aefarid ·

I have my new pc as SATA cabled while Im trying to connect an IDE drive through USB to IDE bridge

the safely removal icon appears in the toolbar and the device manager shows the drive as working probably but it is not shown in my computer and can not access

my os is XP pro SP2, i tried to retart the comp and restore to earlier date but with no use

when i change the USB port a msg apears says windows can not recognize the drive

the IDE drive I use contains data so I can not format and lose it

in my PC the os is placed in a partion with FAT32 format while all other partitions are NTFS format

so can you kindly help me with that problem soon

thanks in advance

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First thing is what type of IDE Drive is this?

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to HDD connected through USB

A NB or Desktop Drive.

For a Desktop you need to set the HDD Jumper to Master before fitting it to the USB Caddy.

For a NB Drive you need to remove any Jumper on the Drive before fitting it to a USB Caddy.

If that is correctly jumpered what did the Drive come out of?

If it is a IBM Think Pad somewhere around the T40 or latter they have a Integrated Circuit on their M'Board that holds any Passwords and if there is one set it prevents the HDD being read without that IC being Present.

If that is the case here you need another IBM of the same model to read the Data or at least remove the Password to allow you to read the drive on another computer.

Have you looked in Drive Management to see if the Drive is actually being recognized? If it's being shown as a Mass Storage Device it's either not Jumpered Correctly or the Drive came from a computer with better Security than what is now available.

Of course I'm assuming that the drive is actually working in the above as if it is no longer working it will show as either nothing or a Mass Storage Device.


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Desktop IDE

by aefarid In reply to First thing is what type ...


it is a desktop IDE, I was upgrading my PC, moreover I placed th jumper in Master, and it was shown as disk drive in the task manager, when I open "properties" it showing the drive os working probably, but still not shown in my computer

I was placing that IDE in my old PC, with the same OS i am using now (XP pro).

I tried to restore window to earlier date, "note that I was just formating and using the new SATA drive", but with the same result.

I want to inform you also that when I am using another USB port it gives me a msg "windows can not recogmize the drive"

Your help is very appreciated


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OK first thing is that because Windows tells you it's working

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Desktop IDE

Doesn't mean that the Drive is actually working it only means that the USB Enclosures Driver has been loaded and there are no conflicts.

Can you try this drive with a different computer and see what if anything it shows up as?

Or can you refit it to your Old Computer and remove any passwords that are on the Drive?

If you have used your old case and replaced the internals you can connect everything up on a table and start the thing running there. Just sit the M'Board on Clean White Paper to prevent any damage to it. You may be able to run it on the old system and with a Ethernet Cable transfer the Data Across to the New Computer.

Then when you have recovered your Data you can then set about wiping that HDD and formatting it on the other computer for Backup Purposes.

If the Drive can not be read in the original computer it may have failed and you need to test it with the Makers Testing Utility for function.

If the drive is working and the Partitions have been corrupted you need to use some form of Data Recovery to recover your Data or to rebuild the Partition Tables.

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Jumper settings

by tmhlanga In reply to HDD connected through USB

It did give that problem coupler a times, my jumper were either CS or Slave but it always worked when I changed jumper to Master

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it is Master

by aefarid In reply to Jumper settings

I did do that, it is in Master,
all that problems when it is in Master

so what I shall do

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Also try this

by Jacky Howe In reply to it is Master

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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Hi This is Arif- First U setup new Xp Sp-3

by mohd_a007 In reply to HDD connected through USB

And go to your PC CMOS stup as pc power on and if find the option of about USB configuratio change it to all usb port.
and in IDE configuration change the setting RAID to IDE

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