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Solved Trouble reading an external HD

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  1. bxcfilm

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    For some years now, when getting rid of an old PC, I have kept the HD, instead of destroying or wiping it. I have an external 3.5in IDE enclosure, and now I want to read one of the old disks. I can hear that the disk spins up to speed, and the disk is recognised in Devices & Printers, but File Explorer doesn't recognise it. I think the USB cable I used might be a little old, but does that matter?

    I have used this enclosure successfully before, but it was maybe a couple of years ago, when I had Win 7.

    How can I access the files on the disk? I would appreciate any suggestions.

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  2. Macboatmaster

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    what is it shown as in disk management for the drive
    right click start menu - disk management
    OR
    Windows key + R and type
    Diskmgmt.msc

    Is the drive shown with its capacity a letter on the lower half of the window
    Does it report Healthy and a file system etc

     
  3. bxcfilm

    bxcfilm Thread Starter

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    Disk Management found the disk and reported 31GB unallocated. Nothing else. But the label on the disk says 120GB.

    I looked again, and noticed that I had left a jumper on the connection marked "Cap Limit". I took that off, and bingo I could see everything!
     
  4. Macboatmaster

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    Bingo
    Mark it solved please - click mark solved on your opening post
     
  5. bxcfilm

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    Done. Thanks for your help.
     
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