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Dead hard drive...or faulty external enclosure?

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  1. lobary

    lobary Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    About a month ago I posted a problem I was having with my very old Dell Dimension giving me an FDC failure error instead of booting up. I tried every recommended solution multiple times before finally giving up and deciding to just get a new computer rather than throw good money after bad.

    I bought a new Dell Inspiron 530s from Dell Outlet (thanks for the rec, Compaq_) which I received earlier this week. My plan was to take out the old hard drive and use it as a secondary drive on the new one, until I discovered that wouldn't be possible because the Inspiron isn't compatible with PATA.

    Eh, no problem, I'll just turn it into an external drive instead. So I bought an Acomdata external enclosure, followed the installation instructions carefully, and connected the external hard drive to the new desktop through the USB port. The computer won't recognize the drive. I tried it on my laptop and had the same problem: not recognized and not listed in the device manager. The LED on the enclosure lights up but the drive isn't spinning or powering up at all.

    Could it be that my hard drive is actually dead when all along I thought my motherboard was fried?

    Is there any way I can recover the data on the drive?
     
  2. Elvandil

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    Look in Device Manager and Disk Management.

    Right-click Computer > Manage > Disk Management.

    Is it present?

    What happens when you plug it in?
     
  3. lobary

    lobary Thread Starter

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    No, I tried that too and it only shows the C drive and other assorted storage devices.

    When I plug it in the LED comes on and the computer recognizes the USB but nothing else.
     
  4. Elvandil

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    It could be the enclosure. Any way to try it in the machine again? How about the jumper?
     
  5. lobary

    lobary Thread Starter

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    Unfortunately I don't have a functioning PC with PATA capability to test the drive with. There's no way for me to plug it into my new desktop or my laptop.

    I checked the jumper to make sure it was set to slave per the instruction manual. It was. I've checked the connections at least three times and they're all plugged in properly.

    It's gotta be either the drive or the enclosure, right? I'm worried it's the hard drive because the drive is the common denominator between my old pc and the new enclosure.
     
  6. Elvandil

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    Even if it says to use slave, try master and CS. It won't hurt.

    Does the drive spin up?
     
  7. lobary

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    Sorry for the late response. I tried various jumper settings with no change. The drive still won't spin up and isn't recognized by the computer.
     
  8. Squeetthang

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    I had this same problem. Try taking all the jumpers off.
     
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