Laptop VISTA basic will not recognize 3.5" Nexxtech enclosure as mass storage device
I have pc that the power supply crapped out. I thought the quickest fix would be to buy a HD enclosure (Nexxtech) and pull the HD out of my pc. When I connected everything up to my laptop it only recognizes it as a USB mass storage device....how do I fix this???
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If you do not have a power supply connected you probably need the dual usb cable (two usb connections on one end just one connection on the other)
Most USB ports do not have enough power to spin a disk without some help.
You do not have to do anything out of the ordinary for it to recognise.
Connect the USB cable to the PC. If the hard drive is above 250Gb in
capacity, connect the external power supply to it. Turn on any
switc/buttons in the casing. Your PC should detect it as a Mass Storage
device or as a regular hard disk.
You do not have to do anything out of the ordinary for it to recognise. Connect the USB cable to the PC. If the hard drive is above 250Gb in capacity, connect the external power supply to it. Turn on any switc/buttons in the casing. Your PC should detect it as a Mass Storage device or as a regular hard disk.
In general, you need to install the correct drivers for the enclosure, not for the hard disk. Seeing as you have XP Pro, this is probably unnecessary though.
Also, 0.7A is 700 mA, and this exceeds the USB port maximum current which is 500 mA.
Most (not all!) laptop drives will run even if under a slight undercurrent, but this depends on USB port electronics and enclosure electronics.
Chances are that you won't be able to run the disk unless you plug it into an externally powered USB hub supplying at least 750 mA per port. The 100-500 mA supplied by your PC's USB port is enough to power the enclosure electronics and the host controller, but not enough to get the HD to spin properly. As a result, the HD can not be initialised and the enclosure will report an error.
Some hard disk enclosures come with a "USB Y Cable" or "double power cable" which joins two USB ports to get double the current, and can support HD up to 1.0A. If your enclosure comes with one of them, try that first.
If ou want to save your file you have to plug the into a xp machine, pulled the files off and burn them to a dvd or cd. Then you plug it into the vista, and let vista format the drive. Your enclose hard drive have windows xp boot files, and they need to be formatted before plugging into the vista. Vista is thinking it is a bootable drive where it is not.
Posted by Decoder1 on Feb 25, 2009
I also had a problem with XP not recognizing the hard drive. The USB Mass Storage Device was reporting a Code 10 (Device cannot start). Ryockey provided the solution in that the drive pins can be offset by one set when connected to the interface. Be careful to get the pins aligned correctly, it worked for me. I also have my drive jumper set for Master. Thanks Robert! Randy
P.S. I am using a Seagate 250 GB HD 7200.7 Ultra ATA
Had the same problem today. I finally noticed that the pin bay on the enclosure was large enough to allow the pins to be offset by one pin set. The open pins were hidden by wires. Once I carefully aligned the pins, everything worked fine.
Windows 98 is not capable of recornizing the mass storage devices, but windows 2000 and XP, vista has the capability to automatically recognize the USB mass storage devices.
Thats why your Windows 98 is not recognizing. So, to use the mass-storage device like your pen drive you have to install device driver to your windows 98 system for your pendrive.
If you don't have the driver, then goto pendrive manufacturer site, there you can found the driver for your pen-drive for windows 98, download it, and install on your windows 98 system..... n njoy,,... :))
I'm not saying this will solve all problems, but it solved it for me. I am running Vista and got this to work following someone's instructions from another forum.
The slot in the enclosure that you plug the hard drive into has one set of holes fewer than the hard drive has pins. This means you can plug the hard drive in two ways "left" and "right" if you will. I had to plug my hard drive in so that the unused pins were farthest from the power cable that plugs into the hard drive.
Incidentally this made the screw holes line up better, too.