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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.
I think it is because the hard drive you are using is too old for Windows 8 I think u will have to upload that to another hard drive
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Nexstar External drive
If neither computers detect it, which is a good form of process of elimination, I would test the cable with a known working. I would then extract the drive from the enclosure. And try mounting into a desktop machine as a slave, or find another enclosure.
Posted on Oct 22, 2007
I'm not a computer expert so I won't use too much tech language but after months of dissapointment, I finally got my NexStar 3 to work and it was actually easy!
At first I thought it was a driver problem so I tried to find a driver on line or in the disc provided (it wasn't neccessary as I run windows XP).
Then I actually opened the disc provided and found the PDF manual and opened that for a read (maybe the answer was in there?) Yep!! It has the answer you are looking for. Part of this manual 5.2 describes that "a partition is required" if the hard drive does not appear under My Computer.
To do this you:
Right click on your "My Computer" icon and choose "Manage",
Under "Storage" on the LEFT pane, select "Disc Management",
Find the drive (mine was around 300GB so I knew it was the one) at the bottom Left and "Initialize" the disc by clicking on "not initialized",
Then in the bottom RIGHT Pane, where the status bar is, Right click and choose New Partition,
Follow the directions from the Wizard. (Recommended partition type is "Primary" and file type "NTFS".
When this is done you should see your drive under My Computer.
NOTE: This formatted around 23GB on the newly created "E" drive I selected.
After this, by Right clicking the other unallocated area of the drive I went on to format the rest of the drive as a "F" drive which contains the other 256GB.
Hope this helps!
Keith in South Australia.
Posted on Sep 20, 2008
There is a couple of things that could be going on. The first thing to check is that the drive did not get bumped off its drive letter by another device. If that is the case you just the to assign it a new one. The link below will help you do this.
The other issue is the drive may have gotten disconnected improperly. I had the same problem with one of my drive on my XP system as well. It partly has something to do with the USB controller to my understanding. Alot of times if you plug it into another computer it will detect it and ask to run a scan to repair the drive. After this you should be able to access the drive on your XP system again. Note I have the best resolutes when I plugged the drive into my Vista system. So I would recommend trying to plug it into a Windows Vista or 7 computer to attempt the repair.
Let me know if you have any more problems or questions.
Posted on Feb 23, 2010
Okay , so there are some steps to figure out what is wrong with your external.
Firstly , if your computer makes a sound when you plug in your external , go to Start-Control Panel-Administrative Tools-Computer Management-Disk Management , and see if your external drive is listed here with your local drives. If it is listed , right click on the drive and change the drive letter to make it appear in "my computer".
If your drive does not make a connection sound when connecting to your computer and also does not show up , please follow the next step.
Remove the hard drive from the casing if possible and install it in your computer case or another external case.If the drive works , the problem is with the casing and you can ignore the drive.
Now , if the problem is with the casing , there are still 3 possibilities.
The second component you want to test is the USB cable. If you have a printer , swop out the cables and see if your printer functions normally. Most externals use the same connector so you should be able to test it in this manner. If the cable works go on to the last step. If the cable is defective , replace it with a new one which you can find for about $10 at most electronics and chain stores.
The last component to test is the circuit board. This is a bit of a grey zone as you probably won't be able to spot the blown component unless it failed really badly. With the casing already opened , locate the external's circuit board and check to see if you have any blackened components or fluids leaking from some components. If all the other components of the external worked perfectly , then this is the faulty part. It is not really economical to replace the circuit as most of the time it is out of production by the time you need to replace it and it still costs a lot even if it is available so if your drive is working perfectly when connected via sata or IDE on your computer , the best is to buy a new casing and place your old drive in the new casing.
A casing costs about $50 and you could get it at most tech shops and big chain stores like Best Buy.
I hope this solves your problem and please reply if you need more help.
Posted on Sep 29, 2010
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