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Hi, i have a used Hitachi travelstar n155 20gb in a USB 2.0 casing Vipower vp-2528SA2... Haven't used it for a few years and now can't get it up and running. Tried on 3 computers running Xp, Vista and W7. After connecting it says "installing software", seems ok and can remove it, but no drives show up... any ideas? Wim
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
No the drive is not customized at all. It is a standard SATA Data and Power connector. However, if it was already mounted in a laptop chances are the laptop manufacturer may have put an adapter on the connector end to allow for tight right angle insertion into the laptop chassis which isn't possible with the stock connectors without leaving the drive loose in it's slot.
If this is the case grabbing the connector and pulling straight away from the drive should pop it loose and reveal the stock SATA connectors under it.
If you're having troubles removing this peice, comment back with the make and model# of the laptop it came out of and I'll see if I can pull a diagram for you.
Posted on Jun 05, 2009
SOURCE: Fantom Drive TFDU16072A Error
2009 06 30 - I just had a similar problem. The Fantom external drive was working fine, but I had to shut down due to a thunderstorm. When I restarted the PC, the drive was not showing up. WHAT I FOUND: First, I didn't find this solution anywhere - everything seemed to point to a new install (or at least how to reformat and start over.) BUT, I right clicked on Computer, Manage, Disk Management - it still didn't show. On the right, under More Actions, I clicked 'rescan disks'. Now it shows up! And all of my data is right there. Whew!
Posted on Jul 01, 2009
Hello there DLBurkhart.
Here's your geek-steer ...
"...is emitting strange whining sounds every now and then ... Is this strange noise a sign of an impending problem?" == EVERY strange HDD noise is ALWAYS a sign of impending failure.
Peform a "Check Disk" on it ...
chkdsk DRIVE_LETTER /X /R
Via-con-Dios and Godspeed -- Geekinator (aka Craig).
Posted on Oct 13, 2009
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Its probably trying to boot from your external drive.
Go into your bios and reset your boot setting to HDD0 as your first boot device, Disk drive 0 second and floppy third, unless you want to boot from an external drive. That being the case select an appropriate order.
If the bios shows your external HDD as HDD0, then you have to work out which is the drive carrying the operating system and set that to your first boot device.
To get into the bios, watch the boot screen for a key to hit to enter setup, normally its the "DEL" key.
Posted on May 03, 2010
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