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Bought sata enclosure for HDD, not recognized... ???

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I have a Windows 7 based laptop the computer caught BSOD so its impossible to boot. Problem is my father needs that data off that HDD for his work and I don't know how to obtain it.

I purchased one of those SATA enclosures removed the HDD and plugged it into my desktop and my laptop but the HDD doesn't properly recognize like it would an external HDD.

Is there something I'm missing here? I thought the enclosures allowed you to open the contents of the HDD like it was an external drive. But it tells me that this device is not formatted to work on this PC. But I know if I format the drive it will erase the data. Any help would be appreciated.
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Yes, typically external hard drive enclosures are accessible as a mass storage device and will automatically be assigned a drive letter in windows as long as it is using a file system that can be recognized by the particular version of windows you are using.

>> What is the brand/model of the enclosure, and brand/model of the 2.5" HDD?
>> What operating system are you using to access the drive?
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Unless I'm misinformed about drive compatibility...I would have to agree with Interpolation. Get a replacement/refund on that enclosure for a better one as I suspect a defective external enclosure. You may try to wiggle the drive a bit inside the enclosure as I remember with my own external enclosure that it would say it had to be formatted (which shouldn't be as there is backed up data contained inside) so I went ahead and messed around with it. Original state of the drive worked the second time...thinking that something was loose or didn't make enough contact.
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