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HDD from dropped laptop

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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.
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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

  • Ugifer Sep 09, 2008

    You might also need to check the slave/master jumper setting on your drive. Some drive enclosures require the drive to be IDE "master", and it may have been set to "cable select" inside your old laptop. The jumper settings are made with a little black link at the back, and the code is usually printed or embossed on the drive.

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