I have an old Comoaq Armada E500 notebook. I recently purchased a EIDE 80GB hard drive. I then purchased a USB to IDE/SATA converter. My computer only has one USB port which does not work, so I have a USB card adapter with two ports. All USB devices work with this item except this hard drive.
The hard drive shows up in the device manager under disk drives as a USB device but with no space info attached to it and it shows up no where else on the computer.
I have tried disk management but there is no pop up and it does not show up there only the CD drive and the main hard drive.
I need this thing to work...I do not have enough space on this lap top to run the programs I need to use and I cant buy a new PC right now. This is supposed to be easy...HELP!!
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You got the "improper removal" message WITHOUT having actually removed anything?
This is, quite often, the mark of a dead drive. If you're lucky, the host controller electronics died, and you'll be able to recover all of your data by purchasing almost any kind of EIDE 2.5" USB enclosure - a few dollars on eBay - and shifting the internal hard disk from the Passport enclosure to the new one.
If you're not lucky (and unfortunately, the 80GB drive isn't very recent and old drives tend to die on you), the electronics is working, but the internal hard disk is dead. You may be able to have it serviced by a data recovery firm, but it could be quite costly.
It is quite easy, do not worry. You only need to bought and USB enclosure, here is a link to many products on ebay http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?from=R40&_trksid=p0.m37.l1313&satitle=hard+drive+enclosure+usb&category0=
then you have to connect your hard drive inside the enclosure and the enclosure to your computer using the usb cable and that's it. Just be carefull about the enclosure, I guess it is a Hard drive from a desktop, is in it? because some enclosure are for laptop's hard drive. Also you need to know if your hard drive is SATA or IDE, IDE is the normal gray bus cable with fourty some pins, and the SATA it is a really small cable (I do not use technicims to not confuse you even more).
Also, there are some adapters from IDE/SATA to USB that you can buy in your local computer store (do not go to bestbuy, compusa, ... they only sell external hd), or also get it from ebay. The only diference between the enclosure and the adapter is that the enclosure looks better :D, and the adapter is just a bunch of cables.
Right click on My computer,then manage,disk management, if popup occur,click yes to all and finish,then right click on new drive,create new partition,click yes to all, wait for format.....done.If you don't want to format or already formatted then right click on drive, change drive letter and paths and assign new drive letter away from c.d or e...make it x...problem should be solved