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Maddog External Harddrive Enclosure not recognized by computer

I have a Maddog Multimedia USB2.0 external harddrive enclosure. It usd to work at one point, but is not anymore. When I plug it in to the computer, I get the sound effect of my computer registering that it is there. It is not listed as a storage devide such as G:\\. I cannot get access to the files. Should I try to download a new driver. I have not done that yet.

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  • Anonymous Jan 19, 2009

    I too have the same problem. Put in a 40g hd that worked at first and then quit. Have also put in a 30g hd to try and get it to work but to no avail. Changed jumper settings to set as slave but did not work.

  • Mark Robinson May 11, 2010

    does the drive show up in computer management ? (under administrative tools in control panel) if so does the drive say raw data format ?

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I realize the above questions are almost a year old but someone may try to research this at a later time so I thought I'd throw in my two cents.I have the Maddog Multimedia USB2.0/eSATA external harddrive enclosure which I connected to my computer last night but could only get it to appear as a "USB device" to my computer (in control Panel-System-Device Manager). It would not appear under Computer management so I could not force a drive letter on it and it would not appear in Windows Explorer. I removed the Seagate 1TB drive from the enclosure and connected it to my computer without an enclosure using an IDE/SATA interface I bought for another purpose. The drive worked fine. Today I took another look at the situation - I was going to try another drive in the MadDog enclosure to see if that worked but instead decided to reinstall the Seagate 1TB into the enclosure and try again. Same result until...I started reading through the comments above which forced me to look closer at the back of the device. That's when I remembered the device has a physical switch in the back for eSATA vs USB. I hadn't used this device in many months and my eSATA card has never worked on external drives so I forgot about it. sure enough I powered down the drive, flipped the switch to USB an powered up again. Problem solved. I am not new to this stuff but even experienced users can make a silly mistake. I only hope your issues are as easily solved.

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I had the same problem. My Fix was to use BOTH the USB Data Cable and the USB-to-Power cable. When I first started using it, it worked the USB alone. After a couple of days, however, it failed to power up. The Blue MadDog lable on the front wouldn;t light up, and when holding the unit to my ear, the spindle was not rotating. After finding a USB-to-power cable, which came with the unit, and hooking it up along with the data cable, the unit functioned fine. What sucks is that this uses up 2 USB ports. I have seen some USB cords with two leads that will branch POWER ONLY to one of them but then you end up with low performance and a rats nest of cables.

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Not posting the model number of the Dell desktop computer, get's you generic information.

The model number can be found on the back of the computer, next to the Windows product key.

Moving on......


Suggest use an external enclosure.
Remove the harddrive from the computer, and install it in an external enclosure.

The external enclosure has a USB cable, and you just plug it into any available USB port, on a working computer.

Then go to My Computer, or Computer; depending on which Windows operating system the computer has; and double-click on the drive letter that corresponds with the external enclosure.

(WinXP: Start > My Computer
Win Visa / Win 7: Windows logo button > Computer )

Examples of drive letters;

C: Drive = Harddrive of the computer you are using

D: Drive = Separate partition on the harddrive for Restore files, or is for the optical drive (CD/DVD drive)

E: Drive = Optical drive generally, but may be the drive letter that corresponds to a Removable Device.
The external enclosure you plugged in, is a removable device.

None of the above is 'etched in stone', except the C:Drive
Things change from computer to computer, and the way you may have it set up.

Easy way to know?
Before plugging in external enclosure, open My Computer, or Computer.
Look at what each drive letter corresponds to.

Now when you plug the external enclosure in, you will see the change; and know which drive letter corresponds to the external enclosure you just plugged in.

Double-click on the name next to the drive letter, that corresponds to the external enclosure you plugged in.

Go into My Documents, or Documents.
Again, depends on which version of Windows you have.
Win XP = Start > My Documents
Win Vista / Win 7 = Windows logo button > Documents

Now open each folder, until you get the personal files you want to keep.
Photos, music, videos, documents you have created, or downloaded.

You cannot remove programs, or applications. Just your personal stuff.
(You can, but that is for a separate discussion)

Also open Downloads.
(WinXP = Click on Start > My Documents > DOUBLE-click on Downloads.

Win Vista / Win 7 = Click on the Windows logo button (Start), click on Documents, click on Downloads.

Harddrives are measured in Width.
2-1/2 inches across for a laptop harddrive. 2.5 inches.
3.5 inches for a desktop harddrive.

Don't know what Dell this is again, don't have the model number.

Cannot tell you if the harddrive is an IDE (PATA) unit, or a SATA unit.

So you will need either a 3.5 IDE (PATA) external enclosure,
OR,
a 3.5 SATA external enclosure.

There are external enclosures that are 3.5 and IDE/SATA, also.

Basic examples,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1733195&CatId=2779

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2145406&CatId=2780

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3883498&CatId=2780

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_ATA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_ATA


Easy way to identify what type technology is used, for the harddrive in your computer; IDE/PATA, or SATA;

Power cable for an IDE/PATA harddrive,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#peripheral

Power cable for a SATA harddrive,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#sata

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Pull the harddrive out, install in an economical external enclosure.
The external enclosure has a USB cable.

Plug the USB cable into any available USB port, on a working computer.

Go to My Computer, or Computer; and double-click on the drive letter, that corresponds with the external enclosure.

(Actually with the harddrive in that external enclosure, it is now an external harddrive)

http://esupport.sony.com/US/p/model-home.pl?mdl=PCVR539DS&LOC=3#/howtoTab

It's an IDE harddrive. Also known as a PATA harddrive.

A harddrive is measured across it's width.
2-1/2 inches across is a laptop harddrive.
3.5 inches across is a desktop harddrive. (3-1/2 inches)

So you need a 3.5 IDE (PATA) external enclosure.
One example,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1733195&CatId=2779

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The kind that fits in a desktop computer (3.5 inches in width), or laptop. (2.5 inches across in width)

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The external enclosure has a USB cable also. Just plug it into any available USB port on your desktop computer.

Do I know for a fact that the harddrive is okay, and this will fix the problem?
No sir/maam I do not.

But IMHO this is the first diagnostic method to use.

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[A Harddrive is built in a Clean Room. 99.9 percent dust free. The technicians wear a Clean Suit, that resembles what a doctor would wear in an operating room.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpY8c7lT_7k&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ax390l2A-AY

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SATA 2.5 external enclosure,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3195233&CatId=2783

SATA 3.5 external enclosure,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4421576&CatId=2780


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More than likely not, though.

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Save Win 98 drive for posterity!

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Interface:
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Desktops are 3-1/2 inches across.
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Your LaCie will use a SATA harddrive inside it.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hdd.jpg
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At the bottom of this harddrive in the photo, and to the left, is the interface area.

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