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trying to install an external HD enclosure -- laptop

By sarahgyorog ·
okay, i am trying to install this noname brand external enclosure. i had an extra HD so i thought this would be a good way to do backups...(im no tekno wiz) its called a

2.5" USB 2.0 Aluminum Hard Drive Enclosure

the instructions are minimal at best. i think i have it all hooked up correctly but its just a guess. the light turns green at first and then red. it doesnt make the spinning sound it says it should and my computer doesnt recognize it.

mostly, i think there must be a small detail/secret that i am missing about this. so, if you know that secret fact please share!

im using a gateway thats about 3 years old.

oh yeah, and which way is supposed to be up? the green side that looks very important or the side with all the stickers?

thank you thank you thank you!

sarah

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OK I don't know the enclosure

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to trying to install an exte ...

But these work quite easily and need very little in the way of destructions. First thing is remove the HDD and make sure that there is no Jumper on it then slip it back into the Enclosure and if you have 2 USB Plugs on the end that plug into the computer make sure that they are both plugged into different USB Sockets so that you have enough power to run the HDD. If you don't have 2 available USB Ports buy a Powered USB Hub which are cheap and use that to power the external HDD from. If there is a PS2 Power Adaptor plug it in and run it to the USB Caddy and plug it in before attaching the USB Cable.

If the drive is actually working the most likely problem is a lack of available power which is something very common with NB's and these type of enclosure. If you are using a USB PCMCIA Card you'll need the Optional Power Adaptor to provide enough power to run the HDD from.

But since the LED is changing colour I'm betting that you have a jumper still in place that is preventing the drive from being recognised.

Col

Edit As for which side is up that's easy whichever is the top Sticker Side of the HDD is the Top. Though to be perfectly honest this doesn't matter at all provided that you don't move the drive while its running no damage should come to it.

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thanks! for the input but...

by sarahgyorog In reply to trying to install an exte ...

thank you so much for replying. my only question is - whats a jumper? how do i tell if its in place and how do i keep it from blocking my drive?

thanks :)
sarah

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by sarahgyorog In reply to thanks! for the input but ...

also, i have plenty of space to plug in the USB and have plugged in both of the 2 USB cables. so, i plug it all in and the light turns green, then the HD makes a sad, halfhearted cranking sound. then it stops cranking and the light turns red.

at no time does my laptop recognize the HD connection...
thanks again

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A Jumper is a plastic covered plug

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to status

That Electrically connects 2 pins together so you can set the drive to Master, Cable Select CS or Slave depending on the make of the drive.

You don't need any on the drive when fitted to a USB Caddy. If you look here at the underside of a 2.5 inch drive plugged into a USB interface you'll see 2 pins that are bare

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This is the underside of a NB Drive plugged into a USB Interface caddies circuit board and the bard pins have a pin below then in a row of two so in this particular case there are 4 unused pins. This is how a working NB Drive should look in a USB Caddy though you'll most likely never have the need to pull a caddy apart to actually see this side of things.

If the drive is making a clicking type noise it's not a good sign but it's very hard to describe a noise over the Internet by text messages. The fact that it's stopping is a good sign though. What should happen is that with both USB Plugs plugged in the Found New Hardware Wizard should appear then tell you that it's found a Mass Storage device then eventually if everything is working properly tell you that you have a HDD brand Whatever and Model whatever inside the Caddy. At that point it should tell you that the hardware is ready to use and a bar open up on the screen running across like a new CD is opening and starting to Auto Play. Then you should get a Window open with a list of Programs that you could launch the drive with depending on what's actually on the HDD and what software you have installed the list will vary. Just click on Cancel and then go to My Computer and open it and you'll see the Removable Drive Listed with the next highest drive letter.

If you are running this off a PCMCIA Card you'll need the Optional Power Supply as the PCMCIA Card will not be able to supply enough power to run the drive in the enclosure. But if you are running this off 2 of the NB's USB Ports directly it should work though with Modern NB's power is at a premium so make sure that there isn't a lot of other USB Devices connected that are drawing power from the system.

If you still are having problems Peer Mail me by clicking on Send a Message and I'll see what I can do to help you out.

Col

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I have a similar problem

by jessndirt In reply to A Jumper is a plastic cov ...

What should happen is that with both USB Plugs plugged in the Found New Hardware Wizard should appear then tell you that it's found a Mass Storage device then eventually if everything is working properly tell you that you have a HDD brand Whatever and Model whatever inside the Caddy. At that point it should tell you that the hardware is ready to use.

My hdd enclosure gets to here but goes no further. I do not see it under my computer. I go to command prompt and try to change directory to E: and that is not valid.

So the computer seems to recognize the enclosure, light stays green but I can't find it.
any help is appreciated.

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