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External Hard Drive Installation

I have a Western Digital Hard Drive (WD3200JS) that I removed from a Directv HD DVR. I am installing it in an external hard drive enclosure. I have several other drives I have installed this way and they all work perfectly. However this drive won't even spin up. Any Ideas?

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MAKE IT A MASTER FIRST ..IF NOT THEN MAKE IT A SLAVE.
IF ITS A SATA THE PCB HAS A JUMPER SETTING TO SET IT SLAVE ..MAKE IT A SLAVE FIRST IF ITS SATA

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