My laptop (Dell Inspiron E1405) is not reading my external 80gb Teac hard drive. My laptop makes noise when I connect the usb,like it's working, but the icon is not showing up in "My Computer." And when I unplug it, it makes noise like it's working. My operating system is Windows Vista. Please help.
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The Dell Inspiron 1100 is a laptop whereas the Dell Dimension 2400 is a desktop pc.
The hard drives are incompatible because they are a different size, plus the Inspiron only supports one hard drive so you can't install a slave device. The only way to increase hard disk space is to buy a large capacity internal IDE laptop drive or an external hard drive.
You cannot take a hard drive out of your faulty HP laptop and insert it into any laptop and expect it to run/boot up. When Windows is installed on a laptop, it is configured with device drivers for that particular laptop and it wont work in another laptop with different devices. Replace the Dell's hard drive back into its laptop and the Dell should function normally. To recover data off the SATA Hitachi hard drive, connect this hard drive into an USB hard drive adapter and then plug this adapter with the Hitachi hard drive into the USB port of your Dell. The Dell will detect the Hitachi as an external Mass storage device. You can then open the various folders and files to back up your data onto the Dell laptop or USB memory stick. If you want to, you can use the Hitachi hard disk as an USB external hard drive by installing it into an USB SATA hard drive enclosure.
consider to replace your hard drive, your hard drive detected crash on your bios so you have to replace it. your hard drive can be use to external hard drive buy some external hard drive case 2,5" you can re partition your hard drive and maybe if you are lucky the harddrive can be use again on your laptop
Back up your data on an external drive now! It could be the optical drive or the fan but it is most likely the hard drive. If it is the hard drive making that noise, it is about to die. Saving a hard drive is unlikely. You can replace it but you cannot replace your data. Save your data now!
Try the hard drive on another computer to see if it is the external or a laptop interface problem. There are EIDE/SATA to usb adapters that you can connect a hard drive to that the computer will then read as an external hard drive. The problem with external HDDs is the usb interface built into them, these are mounted on controller cards and that is ususally where the failure occurs.
Does the hard drive LED flash and the hard drive spin up when you bootup?
If it doesn't then you could have a faulty hard drive or a fault disk controller.
Reseat the hard drive to see if it is a connection problem.
If the problem still persists then to test if the hard drive is faulty, remove the hard drive and connect it to an USB hard drive adapter.
Connect this to a working computer's USB port and if this computer sees it as an external hard drive and you can open the folders and files then the hard drive is OK.
If not then the hard drive is faulty and you need a new hard drive in the Dell and Windows installed etc. to get the Dell operational again.