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External hard drive enclosure

Long story short: mother board failure on old pc. Put old pc hard drive in enclosure, to transfer mainly photo files and word doc.s. Windows vista will not let me in on ext. hard drive while trying to view old docs and sets

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  • miller5166 Aug 02, 2008

    thanks proton77, i left another post with more info. i neglected to say it works fine with windows xp.


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If you had given a password to windows vista on the the failed system. You would not be able to get into you files if they were saved in default folder like Documents >Pictures >music .
You need to use a data recovery sofware to do the job. A local tech would do the same for around 80$.


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Lacie External Drive won't turn on (blue Light doesn't go on)

Inside the LaCie D2 250GB (300770) external harddrive's case, is a 250GB IDE (PATA) harddrive that is 3.5 inches across in width.

A desktop computer sized harddrive. (May be a Western Digital WD25000JB)

The harddrive plugs into a small circuit board, (Bridge board), and the circuit board has a USB port on it.

Using this Western Digital Passport for an example,

Scroll down to the second photo, and left-click on it. The case of the external harddrive is shown open.
Inside is a 2.5 inch laptop sized harddrive.
An aluminum tape strip covers the small circuit board, attached at the back of the harddrive.

The second photo down on this page, shows you the small interface circuit board, that the harddrive plugs into, with the aluminum tape removed.

(Another design has wires coming from the small circuit board, to an interface the harddrive plugs into )

It is this small circuit board that goes bad in a LaCie. QUITE common.


1) Obtain a 3.5 inch IDE external enclosure
2) Remove the 3.5 IDE harddrive from the LaCie's case.
3) Install the harddrive out of the LaCie into the external 3.5 IDE enclosure.

An example of a 3.5 IDE (PATA) external enclosure,

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Broke off the USB connection from the board on the bottom of the drive. is there a way to replace this board to get it up and running again

Did you break the connector on the "enclosure" part of an external disk-drive,
or did you break one of the connectors on the "bare" disk-drive (not inside an enclosure) ?

If the former, then you can purchase a new "empty" enclosure, and "transplant" your disk-drive (with your files) from the "old" enclosure to the "new" enclosure.

If the latter, then you need to find an _identical_ disk-drive, disassemble it, to separate the "spinning" part of the disk-drive from the electronic circuit-board (with its connectors), and disassemble your disk-drive, and connect your "spinning" part to the "good" circuit-board.
Or, search online for a professional "file-recovery" service, who will do the same, for a fee.

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I recently dropped my 1tb seagate external hard drive & now when i connect it to my laptop it does not respond when connected, there is no external damage & wondered if anyone could help?

Sure we can help, that's why we're here!

First, there are two main possibilities, either the enclosure is damaged or the drive is damaged. Either way it's doubtful you could claim warranty at this point and I assume you'd rather get your files back than a free replacement drive.

Take the drive down to your local PC store and ask the techs to extract the hard drive from the enclosure, then to test the drive. If the drive is healthy they can simply transfer it into a new enclosure. Once there you back to business as usual.

If they determine the hard drive is also damaged, get back to me with you location(Country, State, City) and I will recommend one or more Data Recovery facilities in your region.

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Sounds like a failure in the enclosure,

There's a simple way to find out, take it to your local PC shop and have the techs transfer the drive into a new enclosure for testing, if it works you're in luck. Buy the new enclosure and be on your way, if not you may need the help of a pro to retrieve your files. If you need the help of a pro, reply with your location(Country, State and City) and I will be happy to provide you with a referral to a reputable facility in your region.

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It sounds like the enclosure you're using may be failing or the drive itself could be on the fritz.

Take the enclosure to your local PC shop and have the techs transfer the hard drive to a new enclosre. If it works fine in the new enclosure, buy it and be on your way. If not, buy a new external and transfer(or have them transfer) all of you files to the new drive as the old one is failing and ready for replacement.

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Pc hard drive

Yes, that correct you can just need to take the hard drive from your desktop and get a external hard drive ecnlosure where you need to put the hard drive and connect it to your laptop via USB cable, check this link for the sampole of the hard drive enclosure that you need to buy

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Hi whata

Plug the external hard disk into another computer's USB 2.0 port. If the problem follows the device, then there is a failure either of the external hard disk enclosure or of the hard disk (inside the enclosure).

If yours is one that you built yourself, you can remove the hard drive from inside the enclosure and plug it directly into a desktop computer (or another external hard disk enclosure) to see if the problem follows. (If you need help w/ this, just let us know.)

If yours is a pre-built external hard disk (you bought it w/ the hard drive already built-in) then you'll (if you're inclined to do so) need to open the enclosure to get at the hard disk inside. This can be difficult. You may, depending upon the enclosure, need to damage the enclosure to get it opened up.

Please, let us know if this response was helpful for you or, of course, if you have any further questions.

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