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Using Western Digital Hard Drive as External Hard Drive Problems

I recently harvest my Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD2500BEVS Hard Drive my from my old Dell Inspiron 1525. I'm trying to save the photos and videos I have on it. I purchased an Hard Drive Enclosure to store it in and connect to my Gateway Laptop viva USB. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be working when I connect everything together. Current Computer: Gateway NV53L23u Windows 8.1 Hard Drive Hoping to Get to Work: Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD2500BEVS Hard Drive Enclosure: Vantec NexStar TX 2.5-Inch SATA to USB 2.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure I was able to assemble the hard drive into the enclosure with no problem. And when I connect it to my laptop, it powers up and I can hear it spin with no problems. No clicking or unusual shaking. However, it doesn't automatically connect and doesn't seem to have a listing in "My Computer". I've checked under the "Device Manager" under Disk Drive and it's not there either. There's no listing for it either under "Disk Management". I know my USB Ports work fine as my other flash drives work on both of them. Does anyone have any ideas what I can do now? Thanks.

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  • Ant Apr 05, 2014

    What kind of drive update software would you recommend? And what would you suggest for a SATA to Usb be converter? I really don't know much about this kinda stuff, so any help is appreciated.,



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OK! First of all try to disconnect all usb's from neighbouring usb ports as they might be using up too much current resulting in your HD not having enough power to be powered up properly! Also, try to use a different usb port.

If all these fail, please use a voltmeter (if any available...) to check if your devices actually function...

Hope this helps! If not, please report back!

Posted on Mar 30, 2014

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  • Ant Mar 31, 2014

    I removed my Wireless Mouse and it's receiver then reconnected the enclosure with the harddrive and it still doesn't show up. I even set the laptop to High Performance mode to see if it would and it didn't. I tried the enclosure with the harddrive with a friend's laptop and it also didn't work there. Unfortunately, I don't have access to a voltmeter, so I can't test it as you suggested. Do you have any other ideas?

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    Iron Fist Apr 01, 2014

    You said: "I tried the enclosure with the harddrive with a friend's laptop and it also didn't work there..." This leads to 2 possibilities: 1. Either the enclosure with the harddrive is not functional (assuming his laptop is fully functional)... 2. Are you and your friend (where you've tried the enclosure with the hraddrive) using an old operating system like windows xp for instance? If yes, then you might need a CD or generally an extra driver in order for your system to recognize the new device (I've seen that before...)

  • Ant Apr 01, 2014

    1) It's very well possible that the enclosure is a dud, it has some light brown burnt on dirt around the pins. I'm contacting the seller as it about this possibility. 2) We both have Windows 8.1 on our laptops. The hard drive did come from an Window's Vista system. Do this have an possible effect on the issue? If so, How would I go about fixing it?

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    Iron Fist Apr 02, 2014

    Well , it is possible that 1) is the case, but regrading the second one, you could try to connect the enclosure with the harddrive on your laptop and run a full scan using some driver update software to check if it can detect your "hd set". Also, try to look for any specific (dedicated) software for Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD2500BEVS Hard Drive and try installing and running it (check if it needs to be run using compatibility with Windows Vista...). If this does not work then please try a SATA to usb converter and attach it a usb port of your laptop. If this does not work, I think you will have to use a Voltmeter as I've suggested on a previous post.

  • Ant Apr 05, 2014

    What would you recommend for driver update software? I would prefer freeware if possible. And what would a SATA to USB converter look like? This isn't my area of expertise so any help is appreciated.

  • Iron Fist
    Iron Fist Apr 05, 2014

    Well, as far as driver update software is concerned, an example would be this one:

  • Iron Fist
    Iron Fist Apr 05, 2014 ,which is freeware (just an example... No promotion, no advertising, nothing) Also, regarding the ide to sata converter, please check these out: (again, I do not mean to promote or advertise anything or anyone...)



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