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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by IPPCA, Jan 17, 2011.

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  1. IPPCA

    IPPCA Thread Starter

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    I have a IDE/SATA cable Adapter to convert an internal hard drive to an external hard drive. Using Windows XP home. When I plug in the USB to the working computer the computer doesn't recognize the drive. I have connected another hard drive and it assigned a drive # but it has no files on it.

    I know both drives have files on them. Is there anyway to recover the files without paying someone big bucks?
     
  2. Hughv

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    What kind of HD is this? (Laptop/Desktop/Brand/Size)
    Why did you remove it?
    Does the adapter have a power adapter? Does it have a light?
    Can you hear the drive spin up?
     
  3. IPPCA

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    They are all 3.5 internal IDE PC hard drives. All are set as master drives.

    WD5000AAJB (500 MB)was removed and a new HD installed when I had a OS failure and didn't want to loose the data when I reinstalled OS.

    WD1200 (120 MB)was replaced when power supply went out and then wouldn't boot from HD.

    WD Caviar 34300, Quantum Fireball CX and Conner CFA850A are the three that came out of old PC's.

    The WD Caviar 34300 has been seen under the device manager but then disappears. My computer never assignes a letter to it. You can hear when it recognizes the drive and then when it drops it. But never assigns a letter to it.

    Yes the adapter has a power supply and both the power supply and adapter have lights and all lights are on. I can hear the HD spin and they do get heated up, but still unable to see HD in My Computer. I believe all HD are NTFS formatted but I dont' think they had more then one partition.
     
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    Try connecting them straight to the Motherboard.
     
  5. Hughv

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    What do you see in disk management?
    Since they're all master, I assume they are on different channels?
     
  6. IPPCA

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    I've never slaved a HD before. Only the WD Caviar shows up in the Disk Manager but only for a short time, then it disappears.
     
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