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And I'm not quite sure how to set the jumper to master and not slave. I don't even know what a jumper is.
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post #22 of 48
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Originally Posted by NipDar View Post
Let me make sure that I have all this right.
1. Drive is a Maxtor 80Gb from your old computer-the drive worked in the old comp so it is already formatted- Question: Was it the same Operating System?
2. Power is going to the external case b/c you can hear it and the LED lights up
3. The Plug n Play USB is recognized b/c you hear the sound - so it is not a bad USB cable
4. You tried a separate laptop drive and enclosure and that was recognized and assigned a letter
5. When you enter the Disk Management there is no drive there to assign a letter to
6. You tried the problematic drive and enclosure on another comp and it was not recognized and the Fdisk error persisted - keep in mind, when you format the drive any data on it will be erased.
7. When you reboot sometime is goes to a blank screen and does nothing - As I was typing this I thought of a problem that I had with my USB printer. The printer would not work and I would get BSOD and/or boot errors like the black screen. For some reason when I plugged it into the USB expansion card in one of the PCI slots it would not work. I plugged it into the USB port that was directly on the motherboard and everything has been working flawlessly.
8. That looks like the right cable - did you check the connections inside the enclosure to make sure there are no loose HD and power cables?

Everything is a check but 8. I can go back in and check again, but the guy who originally put my comp together did a very good job and all the wires are neatly organized and binded, so I can't imagine there are too many loose connections. But I'll make sure. Otherwise all the other questions are yes, though I'm starting to be skeptical about the USB thing because it just doesn't happen any more. I plug it in, turn power on/off, used like 3 difference USB ports and it doesn't do it anymore.
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post #23 of 48
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The jumper should be next to the IDE cable that you showed a pic of. You should see some pins and a small black plastic piece over 2 of them. That is the jumper. On the top or bottom of the drive or even next to the jumpers you should see a diagram telling you where to put the jumper to make it master etc... Try this piece of software. It works well as I have used for my portable hdd. You said that the icon in the system tray says you can removed the G drive and that's the only place it shows up right? This program should allow you to see it no matter how the hdd is formated and let you partition and format it.
Okay, tried the program and nothing shows up. It says my standard C drive is there, but that's it.
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Here are some pics
Hmm I know I have that slot, but I don't remember there being plastic...I'll go back in and look.

Once more unto the breach!
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Here are some pics
That is the jumper. Now is there any markings on the drive that say where to put it to make it master or slave? They should be on the top or bottom and would look like a diagram of the pins. Sorry the program didn't work. I was hoping since windows recognized that you plugged it in that it would show up there. I am running out of ideas. What is the model number of the drive?
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I plug it in, turn power on/off, used like 3 difference USB ports and it doesn't do it anymore.
That is good news!

I would try the software that crashovride02 suggested. I do not have any experience with it but I think it is worth a shot.

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And I'm not quite sure how to set the jumper to master and not slave.
Pics are of the jumper diagram on one of my hard drives

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post #27 of 48
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That is good news!

I would try the software that crashovride02 suggested. I do not have any experience with it but I think it is worth a shot.


Pics are of the jumper diagram on one of my hard drives
Thanks for those pics Nip!! That's what I was just trying to find for him.
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post #28 of 48
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Okay I went in again and looked closely. Sure enough, there was a little black plastic thing, which I took off and put in a safe place. I closed everything up, booted and what do you know, the drive is there in my computer as G drive!





But uh, what do I do now? At least we know the drive is working but what do I do now to make it work as an external? And when I put it back as an external, do I keep it as slave or put the thing back on for master or whatever?
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I think the Master/Slaver setting matters if they are on the same IDE cable. These are connected through two different cables. ie If you have a hard drive on one IDE cable and a DVD Rom on another IDE cable, I think they register as Primary Master and Secondary Master. If there was no jumper on the external USB drive they should have both been masters.

You are able to boot into windows with the external usb hooked up so the boot order in the BIOS seems to be correct.

Was the 80GB drive also from an NTSF or was it a Fat32 system?
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Thanks for those pics Nip!! That's what I was just trying to find for him.
I'm glad that drive was on top LOL
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