Desktop Windows doesn't see Laptop HDD

Asus A53sd-ts71 15.6" black notebook (2....
July 27, 2015 at 10:42:45
Specs: Windows 7, Intel i7
Hard Drive not detected on my pc: My Asus A53sd laptop died, running Windows 7 64 bits, with Hitachi SATA 750 GB. I pulled out the hard drive and used various sata connector to connect to PCs running WXP, W7 and W8.1. All PC reports"Your device is ready" but none of the PC show the Hard Drive. Help...

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#1
July 27, 2015 at 11:01:00
can you see it in disk management??
its pretty common after you plug in a hdd. usually if its available in d.m its a case of formatting. obviously you want to get your data of.
so if its in disk management change the drive letter.


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#2
July 27, 2015 at 11:38:34
Thanks for the quick response.
No. The drive letter is not shown anywhere.
I taught computer hardware in community college, I also have a hardware expert from IBM and went to Office Depot, Best Buy to check on this problem. We just cannot find out WHY the HDD is not shown anywhere.
BTW--The HD is good, no damage to it.

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#3
July 27, 2015 at 15:04:24
How are you determining that the HD is good?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#4
July 27, 2015 at 15:40:29
Does 'Everywhere' include Disk Manager? If not, look again.
How are you connecting it? Are you using an internal SATA cable and SATA power connector from the power supply? Have you tried more than one SATA power connector and signal cord?
Note that not all SATA to USB cords (and USB jacks) can supply enough power to run some hard drives, including some laptop drives and most desktop drives so if you are using one of those cords, you will need one with a dual USB 'Y' connector so that it powers off two USB jacks rather than one or you will need an external power supply.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
July 27, 2015 at 17:28:12
@samtheman46
I'm not sure what your answer has to do with my question.
I asked if your hdd is visible in disk management.
As @fingers echoed.

message edited by martin16v


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#6
July 27, 2015 at 22:53:39
OK. To all you guys. Thanks for helping me on this. Let me run thru the whole scenario so that it will be clearer for my question.
I used my laptop 3 nights ago with the AC adapter/power brick connected. Suddenly the AC connector to the laptop became BURNING HOT. I immediately unplugged it and started extracting all data from the 750 gb SATA hard drive to an external 1 tb drive.
When it downloaded about 350 gb data, the battery has only 10% juice left and I powered it off.
Next day, my friend, who worked for IBM for over 30 years, and I completely disassembled the laptop, and determined that the circuitry of the AC on the MOBO might be burned. We reassembled it, and did another test -- to boot it up. It booted successfully but the battery was down to 3%.
We took out the hard drive which is a Hitachi sata, connected it with 3 different SATA connectors, then connected this drive to 3 different PCs, running WXP, W7 and W8.1.
All 3 pcs indicated "Device ready to use", but the HD cannot be found anywhere, including DISK MANAGEMENT.
I then took the HD to Office Depot and to BestBuy. They used different SATA connector
and connected to their PCs. Same result -- Device Ready to be used, but no Driver Letter shown anywhere.
I called Asus and the answer is, you know, sent it in, but backup your data first. If I can extract the data from the HD, I don't need their help.
Any idea, any one?
Hope this cleared up my question and again thanks to those who have helped.

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#7
July 28, 2015 at 03:38:05
Can you see the hard drive in the BIOS?

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.


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#8
July 28, 2015 at 09:29:34
From your #6, irrespective of the symptom exhibited, the HD (or it's inbuilt circuitry) must be faulty. Either that or all the computers you tried it on have the same fault, which would be highly unlikely.

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#9
July 28, 2015 at 16:26:38
It sounds like the power circuit on the laptop may have fried a circuit or two on the hard drive's board.
I know that this worked on a desktop hard drive (WD Black) that the circuit board was damaged (broke loose in computer case in shipping (screwless) and the SATA connector block broke), I was advised that with the exact same drive, i could swap out the circuit boards with 4 screws (torx type) and the drive would work without reinstalling the OS and return the defective one. IF the circuit board easily comes off, you can search for the same EXACT model number and version hard drive (even used, working) and possibly get the drive to work again.
Of course, if you already had a current back up of the data on the drive, this would not be necessary. Always a good idea to back up regularly.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#10
July 28, 2015 at 17:59:08
Fingers I tried that one time. It really is a neat trick. Works great.

Funny thing all drives connected to my Desktop PC are actually Laptop drives. They work fine. I dont think that should make a difference.

Tek Ideas Unlimited


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#11
July 28, 2015 at 21:37:35
If the message "ready to use" is displayed then the drive (external USB??) hardware has been detected. Possible it should be displayed in the Device Manager panel under "Disk drives". Check and see if you can access the "Volumes" in the property panel.

Last resort: Try recuva http://www.piriform.com/recuva .


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#12
July 29, 2015 at 10:10:25
After a quick read. To me it sounds like this thingy ma bobber neato connector that allows the hard drive to connect via USB I gather to all 3 totally different operating systems on 3 different pc's if I read it correctly?

Why not start simple if it is the data you are after, forget the usb connection and plug the hard drive into 1 (pick the one you would want the data on) PC, after you have shut if off, hook it up directly to via A sata cable, connect its power and then power on the unit, and let it boot. See what that does. It is possible the sata controller may not be enabled etc, and thus the hard drive not seen, but start there and see what it does after it boots. It does appear another tech may have tried this, but he may have used a usb cable too. Try direct.

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!


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#13
July 29, 2015 at 20:56:07
Will try this one when I have time. Thanks

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#14
July 29, 2015 at 20:57:27
No, the HD is good; otherwise I cannot boot it up using the <10 battery juice.

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#15
July 30, 2015 at 07:31:12
"the HD is good"
Maybe I'm having a dozy moment (it can happen LOL).
If the HD is good then why didn't it work on any of the other computers?

It could easily have an intermittent fault if there has been some burning.

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#16
August 12, 2015 at 13:24:47
To all of you kind-hearted,
I purchased an External Charger to charge the laptop battery and it now boots up perfectly with 2+ hours of juice in it.
So, I don't have to do those suggested: put the HD in a different laptop, check the BIOS while booting up, etc.
Someday, when I got time, I will play around with the HD and see what is the real issue.
Thanks. Guys.

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#17
August 14, 2015 at 13:00:59
Do you have a BIOS password on your laptop? Your drive maybe locked if you do. Just a thought.

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