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The old harddisk (P/N 07N3924, uninstalled because PC has failed) linked by a USB 2.0-to-SATA & IDE Converter-cable to my laptop (VISTA), is not recognised (or "device not ready"). I have no driver and can't find it online.

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  • Hans Jörg Leimer Dec 30, 2010

    Thank you for the first answer. Result of the proposed Disk Management procedure:
    The disk is listed as Disk 1, but with "unknown" and "not initialized". Initializing failed, error "device not ready".
    Partition-manager doesn't recognize the disk.

  • Hans Jörg Leimer Dec 30, 2010

    Thank you and a Happy New Year

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You don't need any driver for it, with that cable it basically an external memory unit and it should appear in My Computer as an Removable Media.
The device works and it's recognized but it can't be mounted (the "device not ready" message) because there's a conflict in the settings. If the old disk has been taken straight out of the old pc - no modifications - then most surely it still has the original Windows bootloader and disk letter -C. That creates a conflict with the already in laptop hard disk that has it's own bootloader and C letter.
To fix that you must transform the partition from the "external" disk from Active to Passive and assign it a new letter , one that hasn't been used by now in your laptop, everything beyond M will do. You can do that in Disk Management - right click on My computer and choose Manage> Storage> Disk Management - but a much better solution would be to use a dedicated partition manager like
http://www.partition-tool.com/easeus-partition-manager/

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  • Azrael SRL Dec 30, 2010

    In that case the controller from the hard disk itself is defective - all the data on it is lost. There's nothing more you can do, that disk is dead.

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