hot swapped HDD not detected in window 7

October 3, 2010 at 00:13:54
Specs: Windows 7
I have an IDE hard drive with a SATA converter. i hook everything up but my Win7 will not recognize the hard drive. ive tried multiple hard drives. when i use one of the hard drives i get the red and green lights on, on the hotswap. so i know its getting power. ill try another hard drive and i get no lights. ive even tried changing the jumpers. what am i forgetting? do i need to make changes in the bios? am i plugging it into the wrong port on the motherboard? im currently in sata2.( i know my ide/sata converter works. ive used it with a straight ide hard drive in the past)

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#1
October 3, 2010 at 06:21:12
Why are you hot swapping the drive?

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#2
October 3, 2010 at 09:57:39
i plan on using it as a back up for my business, which i caqn move between multiple offices. i suppose there are easier (more expensive) ways to have a mobile backup, but i already have this equipment and thought i would utilize it instead of going out and buying another external hard drive. thanks

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#3
October 3, 2010 at 10:38:14
i also have several HDD drives id like to be able to access and get whatever files i need off them. most of these drives are smaller and not usable anymore. Just need some files off them before i can toss them.

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#4
October 3, 2010 at 14:37:20
IDE/ATA hard drives are not hot swappable. I am not sure if using the adapter would change that.

You can however, connect the drives while the power to the computer is completely off and then boot up. The drives should then be configured.


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#5
October 4, 2010 at 15:50:14
thats why i thought, i guess youre right. i thought if might work since it read the ide when connected directly. any solutions you know of for reading files off ide drives other than hooking it up internally? thanks for your help

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#6
October 4, 2010 at 18:25:04
There are USB adapters like the example below. Get one with an AC power adapter. I also recommend getting the combination one that can work with IDE and SATA hard drives.

Read the reviews before buying. Newegg.com is a very good online vendor.

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


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