Laptop USB drivers?

By big0brother
Jun 13, 2004
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  1. I just got a 2.5" HDD and an external USB 1.1 and 2.0 case, and it doesn't work on my IBM thinkpad R32. I tryed it on both my desktops and it worked as soon as i pluged it in but when i pluged it into my laptop it didn't even know it was connected so i though it was the USB drivers, so i download windows xp service pack 1 and a BIOS update and an intel chipset update and it still didn't work. Can anyone please help me
  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    Most external hard drives are plug n' play in Windows Me or higher.

    Chances are, there is something wrong with the drive, enclosure, cable or the drive settings.

    Cable select doesn't work with most enclosures, which I assume is not the probelm considering it is a laptop hard drive.

    Aside from that, there shouldn't be much else that can go wrong.
  3. big0brother

    big0brother Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks a lot i've fixed the problem
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    How did you fix it?
  5. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    Some laptops / drives require an external power source too, such as an additional 5v PS/2 or USB cable.

    This is a symptom of that, so possibly this was the problem?
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