I'm not saying this will solve all problems, but it solved it for me. I am running Vista and got this to work following someone's instructions from another forum.
The slot in the enclosure that you plug the hard drive into has one set of holes fewer than the hard drive has pins. This means you can plug the hard drive in two ways "left" and "right" if you will. I had to plug my hard drive in so that the unused pins were farthest from the power cable that plugs into the hard drive.
Incidentally this made the screw holes line up better, too.
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Re: Nexxtech 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure (NHDE35)
The enclosure will not have anything to do with an operating system. If the computer youre using utilizes USB, and you have USB drivers installed ( other USB devices work ), then there will be no issue, if the enclosure has USB. If the drive has firewire, and your computer has firewire, and you have the proper drivers installed, there should be no problem.
Basically, you're asking a hardware question. The NHDE35 has usb2 ports. Vista supports USB2. If youre computer has USB ( which is backwards compatible ), it will be fully compatible.
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Posted by Decoder1 on Feb 25, 2009
I also had a problem with XP not recognizing the hard drive. The USB Mass Storage Device was reporting a Code 10 (Device cannot start). Ryockey provided the solution in that the drive pins can be offset by one set when connected to the interface. Be careful to get the pins aligned correctly, it worked for me. I also have my drive jumper set for Master. Thanks Robert! Randy
P.S. I am using a Seagate 250 GB HD 7200.7 Ultra ATA
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$.
Had the same problem today. I finally noticed that the pin bay on the enclosure was large enough to allow the pins to be offset by one pin set. The open pins were hidden by wires. Once I carefully aligned the pins, everything worked fine.
I too purchased a Nexxtech Hard Disk Enclosure and my Vista-based computer keeps telling me to try a USB 2.0 setup...the USB's ARE 2.0...did you try the setup disk that came with your unit?...I tried on mine but still a no go...I may have to return it to Best Buy & try somrthing different.
Vista runs NTFS...if your old XP-based machine was not, try converting to it (you'll probably need to put back in the old machine to do it)...I don't think that's the problem though as my older XP-based computer was running NTFS & my Vista-based machine keeps dinging & asking to try USB 2.0...It is USB 2.0,I then tried the setup disk and it says I have to remove the current 2.0 driver already in the Vista (I don't think so!)...I'm thinking that a Vista driver (from whatever sourse) will be needed,,,lacking that I'll return mine to Best Buy and try another brand that supports Vista.
i see..well..was the old hard drive running xp by chance?..seems that with the new vista, that each application would need to be upgraded with drivers to pull the old data..another option is to use a data recovery service.