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  1. Jim624

    Jim624 Thread Starter

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    Took a 60 GB HD out of an older HP and am trying to make it work as an external Hard Drive. Windows is recognizing it....I go to my computer and I see "G" drive.....but whenever I try to format it it goes almost through the whole process then a window pops up that says "Windows cannot complete the format". I have tried this format on three different computers.....no luck. The jumper on the back is set on CS....ANY HELP PUUUHHH LLLLLLLEEEAAAASSSEEEE !!!!!
     
  2. idowindows

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    How' bout going to the hard drive manufacturer's website and look for a utility to check the integrity of the drive?

    May be on it's last leg...
     
  3. dustyjay

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    On a lot of External drive enclosures the drive needs to be set as master for it to function properly. Unless the assembly instructions say differently I would give a try with the drive jumpered as master.
     
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    For the best test, connect the drive as a secondary drive to your desktop system and run the manufacturer's diagnostic on it. USB connections limit the ability of the tests to do a complete test.
     
  5. Jim624

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    I went to the manu. site.....downloaded the software and it still will not format..... I have also put the jumper on every possible jump.....still no format......
     
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    Did you try it as a secondary drive connected directly to an IDE channel?
     
  7. Jim624

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    Never done that and not sure how to
     
  8. JohnWill

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    Take the hard disk out of the USB enclosure.

    Remove all the devices on the secondary IDE channel, normally CD/DVD drives.

    Connect the hard disk to the end of the cable and connect a power connector.

    You don't have to install it, just find a cardboard box to set it on so the cables reach, and don't kick over the box. :D

    Boot up the system, and you'll have access to the drive if it's alive. You can also run any diagnostics on it with it connected in this manner.
     
  9. Jim624

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    Bought another external case.....connected it all up and it formatted just fine.......should of paid heed to my deer departed dad's words of wisdom....when working on ANYTHING electrical in nature always check the easiest, simplest fix first. Thanks for all your replies !!
     
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