I recently purchased a 3.5" IDE drive enclosure. The power supply to our old pc was busted & rather that have the PC repaired, we decided to remove the hard drive & put in in a drive enclosure, to retrieve our music & photos, but also to use it as an external drive. We had no problem installing the drive or with our laptop recognising the drive, but we cannot find our files! The drive has all the old windows files & programs etc. that would have been on the drive, but there is no sign of our own documents. Furthermore, our laptop tells us that the drive has 25 GB of info., of which 21GB is music, photos & personal documents. Can anyone advise what's gone wrong or why we cannot access the files?
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The drive operates on a 12V, 1.5Amp power supply but the manual doesn't specify polarity(not uncommon). If the power supply has failed you should be able to find polarity indicators on it, if it is lost, it would cost about the same to simply purchase a new enclosure and transfer your drive into that rather than risk getting it wrong.
Given it's advanced age(a senior citizen in the technological world) the drive inside is undoubtedly IDE(or ATA but not SATA), ensure the enclosure you purchase to move the drive into supports IDE/ATA as most these days only support SATA given it's dominance over the past decade. Also given it has passed the point of expecting data loss(computer Alzheimer's), I would highly recommend purchasing a replacement at the same time and copying all of the relevant data to the newer drive as a precaution before retiring the old drive.
yes you can. i suggest using a program called acronius true image. add the new hard drive. be sure to turn on the sata or ide option in the setup bios. then use the true image software to clone your operating systems to your new hard drive. your source drive will be the original drive, and the destination drive will be your new drive. once the operation is complete , youll need to enter setup again and suggest that the new drive be your first boot device. just follow the on screen directions to complete the new setup. NOW... you can keep your old drive for a backup drive , or... you can format that drive and use it for a secondary storage drive. the hard drive can be accessed by my computer then open the drive and simply drag and drop or choose the drive from a save file drop down selection location popup window. this will allow you to save important files that can be accessed at anytime if your system main drive were to ever fail. another option you have is to place your old hard drive in a external hard drive enclosure that can be purchased via ebay and will allow you a large storage device that is mobile and hold mass data unlike a flash drive. this can be a very valuable tool and wont cost more than 20.00 here is a link for an ide hard drive enclosure with free shipping. if you need a sata enclosure, change the search results to (3.5 sata hard drive enclosure) the choose buy it now and choose PRICE+shippind:LOWEST FIRST. hope this was helpfull.
Instead, purchase a "generic" drive-enclosure that is "empty" -- just the enclosure and the power-supply, and "transplant" your disk-drive from the "old" enclosure into the "new" enclosure.
Costs about $30.
kindly let me know the beep code sequence (the alarm) which you are getting. Just switch on the computer and carefully listen the alarm one long continuous beep or short beep or one long followed by one short. This information is necessary for providing you the solution. Online chat would have been more helpful to restore your pc.
Open the enclosure, plug the IDE cable into the back of the hard drive. Plug the power connector into the back of the hard drive. Mount the hard drive with the included fasteners. Close the enclosure, Plug in the power supply to the wall. Turn on the external drive. Plug in the USB cable to your computer. Browse your files.
This Fixya will help you solve this problem. First of all your hard drive should be still ok but you will require to open the hard drive enclosure and replace the power supply (due to the wrong voltage tapping). Please feel free to follow these fixya's not only to recover your photos but get back a working hard drive!
Solution 1: Check fuses
1. Disconnect faulty enclosure from any mains supply
2. If power supply is INTERNAL you will have to OPEN the enclosure but BEFORE you do that WITH THE hard drive UNPLUGGED TURN ON the power switch to discharge the hard drive's internal power supply
2. Open the enclosure and check for any fuses on the inside. There should be one located close to the power swtich from inside. Change it with one of a similar rating because most probably this is the culprit.
3. Try and power up the drive THIS TIME WITH the CORRECT voltage tapping
4. If the power supply is EXTERNAL you do not need to open the enclosure, just change the power supply with a similar one and you should be up and running again.
Solution 2: But the fuse is ok but there is bbq smell when i opened the enclosure!
1. Ok this means that you will need to get hold of the internal hard drive.
2. If you have another computer check if the hard drive is still ok! Here is how:
- Turn off the computer
- Open case , #
- Hook it up to the Internal IDE cable and the internal power connector
- Turn on the computer.
- You should have this detected in my computer as a new hard drive and you
should be able to see all the data in it
2. But probably you still want this as external dont you? Ok buy another enclosure from a computer shop (this time you will just need an empty one)
3. Plug the hard drive in new enclosure. If you're not experienced enough just give it to them to hoook it up for you and FINALLY you should have the reincarnated buffalo hard drive functional again.
Hope this fixya was of help :)
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a hard drive (usually a standard IDE or SATA drive), and
The enclosure is the box containing the drive. It also includes an interface to convert the data from the IDE or SATA interface on the drive to a USB (2) signal. Some enclosures include and internal power supply. The Freeagent has the power supply externally.