Question about Seagate 160GB 3.5" External USB Drive 160 GB Hard Drive
Hi, hope you can help.
I have dropped my old laptop, bought a new one and a usb hdd enclosure hoping to retrieve the data. Vista is seeing the drive but says it is not ready when i try to open it. It also doesn't show any memory available.
Thanks for reading.
Could it be a power issue? Some older laptop HDs need more power than one USB port can provide and won't spin up properly. If you have a cable with your HD enclosure which had two USB connectors on the end, make sure you plug both into ports on your laptop.
When they don't spin up correctly, you tend to hear them clicking as they try to spin & then cut out. Have a listen to it when you plug it in & see what you can hear.
Posted on Sep 09, 2008
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I have had similiar issues using caddies there seems to be many connecting parts that can fail or become old and dirty failing to make contact with the hard drive you could remove the hard drive and check these contacts make sure they are clean and making contact
You could just remove the hard drive from the caddy and connect it directly inside your computer as a normal hard drive
You would have to remove the hard drive and use a usb sata ide kit
you will then have to connect it to your computer using a usb port
Once connected to another computer to a usb port and power supply you should get a message found new hardware and it should install the drivers it should show on your computer or you might have to install it manually
click start click on computer to open you should see this drive
If you dont.
Click start control panel administrative tools computer management device manager scroll down universal serial bus controllers you could see a Yellow Question / Exclamation Mark? ! or a Red X
you will need to update/reinstall drivers
right click to reinstall drivers.
If you can see your usb drive but its not working
ports (com&lpt) right click update driver
Once you see this drive just click on it to open and copy all or any data you want and save it to another usb drive
or get one of these
NEW!2.5" SATA TO USB 2.0 external HDD enclosure case AU
Hope this helps.
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