My external hard drive is completely unresponsive when I plug it in my laptop
ok what do we know now.
we know it fails on 2 PCs, all usb ports fail
and we know the drive motor is dead,
there are 3 parts here not one.
1: bad USB cable.?
2: bad chip in the enclosure, USB to SATA ESD zapped dead.?
3: bad HDD ,inside same. casing.?
we know now you have data there, not to be lost.
ok those are facts. best I can tell.
if the data is important and not backed up else where (endless choices that)
then that is your decision what to do next.
any hdd like that 2.5" sata
can be removed from case
and put in any computer made from year 2001 to now.
all have sata ports, (some early Laptops not)
so we install that (means open PC up and put it in the SATA cables or port jack)
the PSU turns on and the data cable must be connected for the start command to be received.
for you, I have 3 newer 2.5" hHD
here on a bench (have vast spares and tools)
I connect power to 3 drives, they are silent
this is because the data cable , gets command from he host (SATA) the drive startup command.
this is SATA spec, this, after all on huge systems say RAID all starting at once is FAIL, power overload so drives are staged up, this is normal
so we connect the data cable and the drive spins up, all tested did that.
also for you I have spare enclosures but in my cans the good kind with a power pack 2amps.
the drive how has +5vdc power for sure.!!!
I connect it up and the drive is silent
then with me plugging the USB cable to a running PC the PC sees it and sends the drive start signal.
this is how it works.
if you really need the data, no better way exists on earth than:
DIRECT SATA HDD connections and means to the INSIDE OF THE PC.
3 days ago