Converting a HDD with XP into an external HDD

Hewlett-packard / Compaq presario cq60 note...
October 4, 2011 at 08:33:26
Specs: Windows XP, 2.33 ghz
I recently bought a new computer with Windows 7, etc. I want to take the hard drive from my previous computer (which is a Western Digital 500 gb PATA drive) and use it as an external hard drive for the new computer. I purchased an external enclosure and put the old HDD into it. The new computer recognized it as a mass storage device but was unable to install drivers for it; consequently, I have not been able to use it because the new computer does not recognize it as an external HDD. The manufacturer's websites (both WD and the enclosure's maker) do not have any drivers for either, and the instructions indicate a driver is not needed to use the external HDD. I'm wondering if it will not work because the old HDD is a bootable HDD with windows XP. My thought is that I need to wipe the drive clean and reformat it without an operating system. However, I don't know how to do this. I have the original "restore" CD-Roms for Windows XP but I don't want XP on the reformatted drive. Hopefully this makes sense! Please help! Thanks.

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#1
October 4, 2011 at 09:07:49
USB 2.0 driver comes with operating system. All u have to do is to format the drive(if u don't have personal files inside) in disk management(right click computer icon on desktop > manage > disk management.

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#2
October 4, 2011 at 09:20:46
Thanks for your reply. The issue I have is that I cannot format it on the new computer because it does not recognize the drive. In theory, I would have to format it in the old computer (with XP). Is this possible?


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#3
October 4, 2011 at 09:25:35
If it doesn't show in Disk management like Kuwese said, you can format it in the old machine. If you have extra cables, you can hook it up inside the new machine and format it that way, then use the external enclosure.

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#4
October 4, 2011 at 10:34:54
I'll have to try it in the old machine. It's an IDE connection and the new computer uses SATA. Thanks for your reply!

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#5
October 6, 2011 at 22:07:42
Reformatting the drive did not work. My Windows 7 machine still doesn't recognize it. When I unplug the USB cable and plug it back in to the computer, I get a sound that it is recognized but that's it. It doesn't show up in the drive section of "Computer", nor does it appear in disk management or device manager. Occasionally, it will start to try to find the driver but after a few minutes will give me an error message that it was unable to find a driver for the device. I've tried a number of remedies that I found on various forums, but nothing has worked. I don't know what else to do.

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