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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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SOURCE: Hitachi Travelstar HTS541010G9SA00

Hi,

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.


Chris

Posted on Jun 05, 2009

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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

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SOURCE: A new hard disk drive, Hitachi part

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Peform a "Check Disk" on it ...

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  • There should be NO surface errors if it's new(er).
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Posted on Oct 13, 2009

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try to format it in other way like ntfs or fat32....

Posted on Apr 09, 2010

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SOURCE: My XP will not boot when my Hitachi 1TB External

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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