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80 GB disk drive

I have an old Comoaq Armada E500 notebook. I recently purchased a EIDE 80GB hard drive. I then purchased a USB to IDE/SATA converter. My computer only has one USB port which does not work, so I have a USB card adapter with two ports. All USB devices work with this item except this hard drive. The hard drive shows up in the device manager under disk drives as a USB device but with no space info attached to it and it shows up no where else on the computer. I have tried disk management but there is no pop up and it does not show up there only the CD drive and the main hard drive. I need this thing to work...I do not have enough space on this lap top to run the programs I need to use and I cant buy a new PC right now. This is supposed to be easy...HELP!!

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Re: 80 GB disk drive

My USB to IDE converter won't work when the drive is set to the factory default "Cable Select". Set the drive to "Master".

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Re: 80 GB disk drive

Hi, I can help you with problem. Is the new 80GB drive partitioned and formated?

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First, try the external drive in some other "recent" computer.
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office depo

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