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Can't read hard drive files

My adaptec 3.5" usb 2/firewire hd enclosure can't detect my hard drive files? please advise..

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Try plugging the enclosure's usb to another USB slot. If the computer still will not read it, then the enclosure itself might be defective and not the actual harddisk that is inside.

To verify this, try to mount the harddisk to another enclosure and test. If the enclosure is still under warranty, you can return it back to save repair costs.

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Ok, here's some step by step instructions.

First is the light on the nexstar coming on when you plug it in, if so what colour? If not try using both USB connectors on the PC end to plug in, it's possible you're not getting enough power if the light is not on as many 2.5" hdd enclosures require 2 USB connections one for power and data and the other for additional power.

Next, if the light is on but no drive in my computer, right-click on my computer, then left-click manage, select disk management from the MCC window that pops up. If your Nexstar HDD shows up here, identify it on the bottom part of the window and report back what is said there.

If it is not there and the light is on, try a different USB port. If the light is not on or you tried the other ports and still no luck the enclosure itself may have failed.

Try moving the HDD into a new enclosure and try again. If this works, Great, if not then the HDD may be damaged and may need a pro to get your files back. If that is the case report back here with your progress and region and I will recommend an appropriate pro.

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Man buddy, if that's all that failed, you sure are lucky. Anyway, I don't think that you could have damaged your memory before damaging the hard drive or anything else. The machine should be able to run anyway without any RAM, but does the system actually boot to windows, or does it just say this in the bios? If it boots to windows, that I would just go down to your neighborhood computer repair shop and have them re-connect your RAM cards, or if you're still feeling lucky, then you can open up your laptop with a micro screwdriver set and tighten them yourself. If you wish to do so, let me know, and I'll give you a tutorial.

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Sounds like you haven't formatted the external Hard-Drive.
You need to allocate a file-system to the free space on your hard drive. You can do that in Disk Management and use the format option. You can select from two file system formats: FAT32 and NTFS. I would recommend NTFS because it is a journalling file system (recovers quickly in case of a crash).

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Cat this is your earlier problem reworded - I can see now that this is a dual device. If you can use it that way in Firewire mode leave it at that. However - is it possible that this is a 'switchable mode device and you have not discovered the secret of how to. If there is anything like a manual with this check it thoroughly or get into the makers tech support team

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