External hard drive detection

  jerica 09:53 27 Mar 2015
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Hi, I've been given a couple of IDE hard drives that supposed to be OK and I can hear them winding up but sometimes the computer detects them and sometimes it doesn't. I'm connecting them via a USB and I've tried various ports but it's still iffy. I want to use them as portable back ups so I don't want to try installing them. I'm running Win 7 ultimate. Any help would be good, thanks.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:32 27 Mar 2015

Make sure the IDE drive jumpers are set to Master it wont detect the drive otherwise.

  jerica 11:49 27 Mar 2015

No joy, it's detecting a USB to ata or atapi bridge, and properties says the is a mass storage device there but I cannot get into it and it is not showing up in the drives.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:09 27 Mar 2015

Can you see it in disk management?

It may require formatting and a drive letter assigning.

  jerica 12:41 27 Mar 2015

OK, so I tried it again and this time it has appeared in drives, all I did was turn it off and on again. Thanks for the help Fruitbat, if it stops again it's going in the bin.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:48 27 Mar 2015

Format them and run chkdsk on them before using to store any data.

  jerica 13:50 27 Mar 2015

OK, thanks again.

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