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SATA HD to IDE Computer

July 28, 2010 at 09:27:30
Specs: Windows XP SP3

My external hard drive stopped working and I am trying to hook it up to my HP Pavilion 7915 computer. The HD is SATA and the HP is IDE. I have a bridge board but when I hook the hard drive up to the computer nothing happens. The computer will not even come on. I am not sure if the connections are right.

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#1
July 28, 2010 at 13:09:55

Might consider a usb to sata adapter.

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#2
July 28, 2010 at 15:54:49

"I have a bridge board but when I hook the hard drive up to the computer nothing happens. The computer will not even come on."

What do mean by a bridge board ?

If you were using a proper SATA to IDE adapter, it won't make the computer not boot even if you hook up the IDE connection backwards.

The mboard not booting, and the mboard booting but the hard drive not booting are two different things.

There's probably nothing wrong with the external drive enclosure or the hard drive inside of it, unless you dropped the external enclosure, or it fell. .

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Check that out first.
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If you have a desktop computer, Note that I answered a Topic on this site recently where a guy had an external drive, which does require the full 500ma, connected to a port on the back of a desktop case - it would not work properly when a webcam was in the port next to it, but it worked fine when the webcam was unplugged. Ports on the back of a desktop case often have two ports connected to the same USB controller module that are ports one above the other - you could try connecting the cable to one of those and leaving the other un-used.
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#3
July 28, 2010 at 17:45:18

The HD would not come on when it was in the case. The light on the front panel just blinked. I took it out of the case and tried to hook it up directly to the computer but nothing happened. Is there something more I have to do for my computer to recognize the HD?

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#4
July 28, 2010 at 21:57:53

Did you drop the external case, or did it fall ?

The hard drive must spin.

"The mboard not booting, and the mboard booting but the hard drive not booting are two different things."

Which is your situation ?

"The HD would not come on when it was in the case. "

If the case is connected via a USB or firewire cable, there can be things wrong with the cable, or the USB port you have it plugged into may not be able to supply enough current - any of those things can cause the led on the external case to not light up . The external case for the hard drive you specify - 3.5" - must have a power adapter connected to the external case.
The WD drive probably must be jumpered Master - Single - when you have it plugged into the SATA to IDE adapter, if that's what you have, and of course you must have the power connector as well as the SATA data cable connected to the drive.

If you connect the IDE data connection to the mboard backwards on one end, the bios can't see the drive.

Whatever drive connection you connect to on the mboard must be enabled in the bios Setup of the mboard - all should be set to Auto detect drives by the method Auto or LBA


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