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Hard disk spins and light on but does not show up on computer

I tryed puting hard disk ( Seagate Momentus 5400.2 60 GB ) from last computer windows xp into Sumvision 2.5'' EnclosureWXT-E 844. When usb plugged into HP PAVILLION 6000 with windows vista, red light comes on enclosure & disk spins but drive does show up in ''Computer'' .

Any help welcome,.

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Is it a bad HDD? May need to format

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  • Trevor Gordon Feb 08, 2009

    why are you trying to put it in an enclosure? was the drive not working right in the original computer? try connecting it to the new PC internally as an internal slave drive.


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