Converting an WD IDE 120gig HD to external

September 18, 2010 at 16:55:09
Specs: Windows XP, P4 1gig
Hello,

I purchased a Gigaware external IDE enclosure for my 3.5” WD IDE 120gig hard drive. It installed fine but when I connected it to the USB port, my desktop didn’t pick it up. I had an icon in the startup next to the clock and I saw something that said click to safely remove hardware. I clicked on it and a window recognized the WD but I didn’t see it in My Computer. I am thinking that I need to change the jumper. I took the drive out and the jumper is on CS. Do I need to move the jumper over to Salve? I see the pin for Master, the next pin doesn’t indicate anything and the last pin indicates PM2. Before I move the jumper to slave, I want to make sure that I am correct. I am using XP Pro with Service Pack 2. Thanks so much for your help!


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#1
September 18, 2010 at 17:06:54
Set it to master for an external enclosure.
The drive may not automatically appear in "My Computer"

Is there any data on the drive? Is it already partitioned & formatted?
You should go into CONTROL PANEL > ADMIN TOOLS > COMPUTER MANAGEMENT > DISK MANAGEMENT and take ownership.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#2
September 18, 2010 at 17:22:36
Hi Richard59!

Thanks so much! I change the pin to master and am in Disk Management. It shows 111.79 gig unallocated. I am not sure what you mean by take ownership. This is where my technical knowledge is limited. I right clicked on it and I see an option to create a new partion. Is that what I am supposed to do? My guess is I need to format it, but I don't see the drive in My Computer. Thanks for your help!


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#3
September 18, 2010 at 17:34:08
You did not answer whether there is any data already on the drive. If not then all you need to do is use disk management to create a partition and format it. It will then appear in "My Computer" with a drive letter.

If there is already data on the drive but disk management is showing it as raw/unallocated space then you might want to get some data recovery software to try to recover it.

The reference to taking ownership would apply if the drive showed in disk management as already having a partition but not appearing in My Computer. This particularly applies to drives formatted NTFS. Windows does not automatically allow you to access a drive transplanted from another system. You "Take Ownership" in order to allocate a drive letter and gain access.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#4
September 18, 2010 at 17:39:26
Hi,

Sorry!! I don't believe there is data on the drive. I had formatted it about 2 years ago but I don't recall if I added the OS on it.


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#5
September 18, 2010 at 17:49:58
Well there's obviously nothing on it you need. Proceed with partitioning & formatting in Disk Management and use it as you desire.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#6
September 18, 2010 at 17:51:44
Thanks again! It's at 15%. I appreciate your help!

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#7
September 18, 2010 at 18:51:48
Hi Richard59!

Thanks!! It worked and it's running!


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