Solved: SATA Drive spinning but not appearing in MY Computer

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Jeff B

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Hello,
Just bought 320 GB WD {blue) 2.5 laptop SATA HD. I already own several and use them in external(after market) cases for backups. Using XP Pro on Lenovo laptop.
The newest one I got today spins, but is not being read by my Lenovo laptop (tried it plugged into 2 laptops but doesn't show up in "my computer"). I also installed it inside my laptop and it does work. I called Western Digital and they said they can't guarantee it will work in external enclosures. However I have 2 identical 320 WD HD's that work fine.

1) Is it possible this new one (dec 2012 date) is made differently?
2) Does it need more power than just the USB cable.
3) should I return it as defective? (even though it runs in my laptop)
4) Should I buy another external case?

Does anyone have suggestions?
Thanks, Jeff
 

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Is this a blank untouched drive? If so you must use Disk Management to first initialize, partition, format, and assign it a drive letter.
 

Jeff B

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Thank You So Much!

Formatting worked like a charm.
All set to clone my laptop hard drive.

--Jeff
 
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