Solved How to install USB/IDE to my Windows 7 Laptop.

November 14, 2014 at 21:54:22
Specs: Windows 7, CPU?= RAM 4.5
It's old, actually I found it cleaning out my sisters closet. Its a WD 1200bb 120gb 3.5 USB/IDE External Hardrive I guess is how you would put it.I'm new to the computer world so even bad help would be good help cause even then I'm learning what "not" to do, lol! It shows up in devices as USB/IDE but thats all. It shows properties,troubleshooting,and eject(safelyremove). When I first started it did nothing, then I took it apart and seen the jumper settings, Removed the jumper completely and thats when it connected to my pc wheew.. Sooo what now?

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November 14, 2014 at 23:47:10
Are you saying it does not show as a drive letter in Windows Explorer?

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November 14, 2014 at 23:48:27
The WD 1200BB is just a regular IDE drive, normally connected internally. If yours is set up as an external then it must have been put in an external USB box or you've connected it through an IDE/USB adapter.

But in any event, if it's recognized you can take a look at its contents by opening it from 'my computer'. If you want to format and used it for storage yourself here's some info on doing that:

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November 22, 2014 at 05:35:21
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Thanks everyone for your input, I think they are all the best answers! But I Got it all fixed. I did have to update the driver, well actually I built it myself in the Microsoft Managment. I think thats what its called. Like I said I'm new to computers, Lol! Anyway then I had to partition it, then format. It working Awesome. And it is in a enclosure, Oh yeah had to also set jumper settings. I feel so "Accomplished"! I'm a tree-man/mechanic/equipment operator. A "Grunt". Cut trees for 28 yrs, never realized this stuff was this easy to learn! Had some influence though, my Ol' Ladys' going to schgool for this stuff. Just got her first Certificate. "Microsoft Office Specialist" Anyway thank you all again for the help, I'm certain I'll be back with more questions.Oh yeah by the way if anyone needs some tree-work done work is slow in the winter so Everybody gets a "Christmas Special" Just contact me here, My name is Jamie.

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