Problem Accessing 2.5" HD Inserted in 2.0 USB External Enclosure

By sherpy ·
Toshiba MK2016GAP hard drive was removed from dead laptop running Windows XP (FAT32 file system). HD was inserted into CompUSA 2.5" USB 2.0 External Enclosure. Then plugged into new laptop running Windows XP Home. HD is recognized and listed in Disk Management window, but cannot read disk or assign drive letter. Help! Thank you.

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Remove the HDD and pull off the Jumper

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Problem Accessing 2.5" HD ...

When that is done insert the Drive back into the USB Caddy and it's likely to work if it wasn't corrupted when the original computer crashed.

Now for the not so good news if you are attempting to recover data off the drive you will likely need to Take Ownership of the Files by following the directions here


If you had files encrypted you'll need to save the encryption Key/s or you'll just have a pile of junk on your hands and have wasted your time & effort in saving so you'll need to follow the directions here to recover any Encryption Key/s that have been used


I hope that is of some help. If the Drive has been corrupted it's still possible to recover your data though it's going to be both expensive and Time Consuming depending on what software you have or are willing to buy. If you need a list of possible Data Recovery programs post back here & I'll supply a list of the better ones.


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by paokara In reply to Remove the HDD and pull o ...
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Your Welcome

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to GREAT

Glad to help.


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