can i put a hard drive in a backpack cd chass

November 16, 2010 at 10:07:38
Specs: Windows XP
I have a Backpack CD-RW no longer used. I have some spare hard drives and was wondering if I can put the HDD in the Backpack chassis and use it as an external drive?

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#1
November 16, 2010 at 12:47:45
Sure can't hurt to try.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#2
November 16, 2010 at 20:32:42
I have been using a 5 1/4 USB external enclosure for a number of years with 3 1/2 IDE/ATA hard drives. You may need adapter brackets, depending on the enclosure.

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#3
November 17, 2010 at 05:14:34
Mounting the drive is not a problem. I got it in there, but when I plug it into the PC, it wants to load drivers (WinXP) for the CD-RW, and does not recognize the drive. May be a BIOS on the interface itself causing the problem? I don't know of anyway to flash or change the drivers, the chassis itself used to be a Micro Solutions Back CD-RW. It was apparently versatile at the time, it has parallel and PC card interface as well as USB 2.0 connectivity. I was hoping I could use it for an external HDD.

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#4
November 17, 2010 at 05:45:17
The enclosure may be dedicated to ONLY configure 5.25 Optical drives.

Are you connecting it via USB?


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#5
November 17, 2010 at 12:45:27
Yes, USB. That's when it wants to load the CD's drivers. I guess the interface board has some sort of BIOS that only works with optical drives and it's not just a standard IDE interface. I was hoping to put a spare HDD to use, but I can't find an enclosure that will support a 3.5 inch IDE drive for less than $30 by the time I pay shipping. It's only a 40 gb HDD anyway, and I can buy 280 gb externals at Wal-Mart for $40!

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#6
November 17, 2010 at 13:07:44
Have you allowed the process to move forward? I am not real clear on what you are actually seeing. Is the screen asking for drivers? Post the exact message.

BTW, did you leave any jumpers on the hard drive? Should leave all off.

You can buy a cable that doesn't look very nice and isn't really portable, but has the advantage that it can connect any IDE or SATA drive. 2.5, 3.5, 5.25. Look at the link below.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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