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Connect external hard disk IBM travel star 80GB USB port 2

Hello...please help...when i connect external hard disk IBM travel star 80GB USB port 2 , My computer not detect..please suggets, may be computer need driver to detect this USB hard disk??

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Unless it's windows 98 you don't need a driver. If your computer can't see it, it's probably broken. Try plugging it in to another computer and see if it can see it

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Connect the hard disk to any other available USB port and check if it's being recognized.

In the Device Manager, check under the Universal serial Controller whether there is exclamation mark visible after connecting the hard disk.

If there is any exclamation mark visible then right click on the device then uninstall and restart the Computer.

Furthermore, connect the hard disk to different USB port on the Computer then restart the Computer.

If everything is alright then also the Computer is unable to detect the hard drive then install the available service pack for the Operating System .


Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I assume you can't see it in Windows? When you connect it can you hear the drive spin up? If not then there is a hardware problem - motor failure, jammed platter. If you hear it clicking or clunking then it is likely to be a stuck head or actuator. If so sometimes you can give the drive a sharp **** to and fro to try and spin the platter - don't do to long though. If this doesn't work then you would need the data removed by a data retrieval company.
If the drive does spin freely you may be able to fix by doing in order:
running check disk (properties of drive then tools)
using a data recovery program of which there are a few
using commercial data retrieval company.
Hope this helps

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SOURCE: External USB Hard Disk is 120GB is not dected in winxp pc.

There are two possibilities:

The Mybook USB/ATA controller board is faulty.
In this case you can simply take apart the enclosure and mount the disk into a new enclosure. WD Mybooks are SATA, but double check the hard disk connector to ensure.

The hard disk inside is faulty.
In this case repair may be expensive. You need to locate a data recovery facility with a 'clean room' , the cost is usually more than $800.

If this happened after a power surge, then the problem is most likely a faulty controller board.

If instead you have dropped the hard disk it is possible an hard drive failure, in that case repair will be expensive.

A replacement enclosure will stfrom art about $20 on Ebay or Amazon, and must not necessarily be WD .
Check if your disk is Sata or PATA (IDE) before buying the enclosure.

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SOURCE: I need a new a new cable (fits an unusual 5-pin socket) for an ibm travelstar external hard drive

the dearlership should know what you need. the reason the socket is so different is to let you know, the stuff in which contained in this part is very sensitive and could major problems if you are not sure what your doing

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