Won't see drive at all

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June 10, 2010 at 05:03:37
Specs: Windows 7
Hi and thanks,

I bought (3) Venus DS3's to take the (3) identical 500Gb ATA/IDE drives from my machine. Only the original C: drive is recognized and accessible. The other drives do not even get seen by the USB port controller. Its like they are not even plugged in. Same exact drive too,

Anything in the config that would cause that kind of thing? I know all three drives are good, because the old machine still works fine.

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June 10, 2010 at 18:13:51
Tad confused w/ your post:

The Venus's are just HDD enclosures, and you put the (3) 500 Gb drives inside the (3) Venus HDD enclosures's?

And you're obviously using the AC Adapter with the enclosures too?

I'm assuming that there is another 4th HDD inside the PC as well with the OS on it?

What type of computer?

Just another stupid saying...

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June 10, 2010 at 19:50:00
Are you connecting all three units to your USB ports at the same time?

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June 11, 2010 at 04:23:34
Win7 host for the USB connection. Tried a bunch of stuff with no success yet.

All three drives are the same model. The 'good' one works in all three DS3 enclosures. All the enclosures are externally powered, and only one is connected at a time. Tried cold boot.

Tried configuring the 2 problem drives as master according to the Hitachi instructions. Also tried as cable. Both drives spin up when connected. Weird huh?


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June 11, 2010 at 05:00:28
So, then you have three external enclosures and trying to use THREE different but identical hard drives? Is that correct?

From your #3 post I gather the drives are IDE type interface? The usual jumper configuration for USB enclosures is to not use ANY jumpers at all on the drives.

Something to note. If the drives are not partitioned and formatted they probably will not show up in "Computer".

Look for the drives in Disk Management where you can partition and format them. You should also assign a different HIGH unused drive letter to each one. Something in the latter half of the alphabet. Labeling the drive with a descriptive name when partitioning is also helpful to differentiate.

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