External hard drive not recognized

By Doctor Gallop
Feb 29, 2012
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  1. Hello People's,
    I saved the Hard Drive from my old laptop...bought an external hard drive...
    hooked everything up correctly...can hear the enclosure running...light is on...
    but my PC [running Windows XP] does nothing!
    No pop up windows or anything.
    I am a real layman at this stuff, so can someone explain to me in simple terms what to do to get this thing up and running.
    Thank You.
  2. coolermaster

    coolermaster TS Rookie Posts: 17

    Run a diagnostics on the drive.


    Use a desktop and connect the drive directly to your motherboard using IDE or using S-ATA.
    Sometimes, failing drives will now show up via a USB connection. Alternatively, check to see if the drive is seen on another OS such as Linux or Mac.
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,158   +986

    connect directly to the system, NOT via a usb hub.

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