Connecting hard drive via USB

Dell Inspiron 1150
March 12, 2007 at 05:53:07
Specs: Windows XP Home SP2, Celeron 2.6Ghz, 512mb RAM

Hi Guys,

I'm trying to connect an old hard drive (Western Digital wd400bb Caviar EIDE 40gb) to my laptop via usb. I'm using an external dvd/rw enclosure, and it seems to be connected properly. Windows finds the new hardware, but returns a code 10 error and is not visible in Windows. i updated the BIOS, but the computer still hangs on restart when the drive is connected. HELP!

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March 12, 2007 at 06:28:48

"external dvd/rw enclosure" Is this enclosure approved for use with EIDE harddrives also? If so, does the harddrive have a drive overlay installed on it?

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March 12, 2007 at 06:33:29

Have you changed the Jumpers on the Hard Drive ? try Cable Select position....

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March 12, 2007 at 06:37:51

Just curious, is this 40GB HDD ATA 100 or higher?

A 40 wire IDE cable will work with most optical drives but may not work well or at all with a ATA 100+ HDD.

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March 12, 2007 at 07:35:09

thanks for the answers guys,

the jumpers ar in cable select position. I'm not sure if the drive is ata 100+ or not, and also i'm not sure if the enclosure is approved for hard drives- i'm just trying to get some data off it. thanks

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March 12, 2007 at 07:56:48

What about a drive overlay? Do you know what that is?

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March 12, 2007 at 07:58:44

thanks for the help OTH, I don't know what a drive overlay is i'm afraid

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March 12, 2007 at 09:25:02

If, in the past you installed that drive into a computer that couldn't recognize the drive due to the capacity the manufacturers have software that tricks the computer BIOS into seeing the drive. The problem with that is that the only way to access that drive is by using that SAME software. I am not sure of the best way to determine if there is an overlay installed. I kind of THINK your problem MAY be related to the enclosure itself anyway. I think even if there was an overlay installed the harddrive model should be identified. I'm not sure about that though. I suspect your enclosure may be the issue. Try Googling for that make and model to find some instructions. I would think that the proper jumpering would be MASTER. Logic dictates you can't install TWO drives in the enclosure. If the drive is a Western Digital brand they have a setting for Master Alone. Read the label on the top of the drive.
Are you even sure the drive works? You did connect power and data cabling and power to the enclosure?

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March 12, 2007 at 14:32:01

I had a similar issue in the past. The solution turned out to be that the drive should be installed without any jumpers. Neither master nor slave nor cable select worked for me. It worked fine without jumpers at all. Give it a try.


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March 20, 2007 at 01:52:13

I have the same problem with a Western Digital hard drive. I am connecting via a usb adapter. It connects just fine with the item shown in the system pane in the right corner. It's status appears to be operating normally however I can't see it in my list of drives available in Windows Explorer. Not sure how to get it going???


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