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ProBox HDF-SU2 ext HD enclosure not seen by Windows 7

Q: ProBox HDF-SU2 ext HD enclosure not seen by Windows 7

Hi, a friend of mine has dropped off a Mac HD to recover some pictures for him. He supplied the HD and a ProBox HDF-SU2. This I would think to be plug and play but no matter what I do including swapping to known good USB sockets the ext dive is not being seen. Windows is not even offering to install a driver for the ProBox HDF-SU2. Any help gratefully received. TIA
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A:Windows HDD Enclosure Issue

I was doing some research on Basic/Dynamic, and if I understand correctly, if you were going to implement RAID, both drives would have to be Dynamic, correct?

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Something like this?
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Can't answer your question. Looked at the site. Am I imagining things or does those cases resemble Cooler Master HAF series?
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You sure the drive is OK? Maybe the old enclosure wasn't at fault. You may want to try the drive itself by installing it internally in your PC.

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If you do connect it via USB it won't start Windows from that drive, it'll still use the system drive in the PC unless you were specifically trying to boot from USB.

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the psu in your pc is 12vdc and 5vdc,
[the yellow and red wires on an ide hd supply],
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G'day Case649, well they definitely exist because I have several here, one is dual sockets that connect to one of the rears or onboard header which works very well, the other is a quad unit that I have connected to a PCI USB-2 card.
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What kind of a power connector is it? You may be able to patch together one your own. Finding a dual-voltage (12V and 5V) portable power supply maybe a bit difficult though.

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It's mostly a personal preference I would think. Since your stating your not going to be using the drive for any length of time cooling shouldn't be an issue.

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Here are all kinds of enclosures.
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A:Use HDD Enclosure to Migrate?

Hi, Yes you can, I use external HDD enclosure to clone HDD many times each year. Regards.
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If the HDD is bad your not going to fix it. If there is data on the drive that you need to copy you could try freezing the drive for about 30 minutes. Then install the drive back into the enclosure and see if it can be read. If it can copy as much of your data as you can to another drive.
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Some caddies specify the maximum hard drive size it supports. Does yours indicate that it supports a 3GB drive?
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A Mac can read an NTFS formatted drive but cannot write to it without extra software. If the drive is formatted FAT32 then the MAC will be able to read and write to it.

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A:hard drive enclosure

what are you trying to do, see what is on the drive or boot to it on the older pc?

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A:USB 2.0 HD Enclosure ATTN: Johnwill

There won't be any option to send to C: but you can create one easily enough. Go to Windows Explorer and navigate to the Send To folder and you can create a Send To shortcut for any drive letter you want.

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I prefer to build my own by getting a USB enclosure then adding a drive of my choice.
Something like This Enclosure .. and maybe one of These HDDs

This way, I can get to the HDD if the enclosure fails ... and I usually get TWO of each.
Any Data you don't care about .. Is data you only have one copy of.

And Welcome to the TSG forum.
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Hi all I m just having a problem with a hard drive enclosure I recently bought My Dell hard enclosure help Hard drive drive Hard drive enclosure help recently started causing me a bit of trouble so I bought this enclosure in the hope of diagnosing amp backing up the hard drive Hard drive enclosure help on another computer The hard drive is http www komplett ie k ki asp sku and was in my Dell Dimension The enclosure is actually at the bottom of that page as part of quot Accessories for this product quot so I presumed they were compatible http www komplett ie k ki aspx sku Having opened up the enclosure it seems to have only an IDE connection on it http www vgmusic com faq gallery plugs p-IDE jpg while the Dell hard drive is a SATA connection http www pcstats com articleimages H N sata jpg I can t for the life of me figure out how this is an accessory for that hard drive without buying one of these http img diytrade com cdimg IDE to SATA ADAPTER jpg Any suggestions on what I m missing Have I just bought the wrong enclosure Thanks for any help Edit updating dead link nbsp

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Hi all,

I?m replacing my current AC adapter for the external hard drive with enclosure with a new one. Here are the specs of the current one.
Input:100-240v 50-60Hz 1.2A
Output:5v=2A 12v=1.2A

The one I?m considering buying an adapter which has the following specs:
Input:100-240VAC 50-60Hz 1A
Output:12V=2A 5V=2A

Are these 2 adapters compatible in terms of Voltage and Ampere please. Will it work with my external HDD with enclosure? Thanks for your time.

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They look compatible. What about the plug. Is that the same.
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What determines the capacity of an external enclosure? Firmware?

So what happens if you load hard disks with higher capacity into an enclosure, than the enclosure supposedly supports?

What piece of hardware gets 'tried'? Could a part actually break? Is there an analogy, like a small car pulling a big trailer? Like the small car CAN pull the trailer, for a long time even, if the driver goes slowly...

Might the enclosure map the additional space? What would be the hardware 'strain'?

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What determines the capacity of an external enclosure? Firmware?Click to expand...

usually 2 things

1. type/model of chipset used in the enclosure
2. Firmware

Could a part actually breakClick to expand...

usually not, but who knows about all situations for sure, most of the time the enclosure/drive will not be recognized when plugged in to the PC.

Might the enclosure map the additional spaceClick to expand...

No its not that smart, either it recognizes the hard drives capacity correctly, or it does not, if it does not then who knows what the firmware may do.
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Ok so I have a WD SATA hard drive in and external enclosure. Now I can't get it to connect to any PC. I took it to a repair shop and they said the drive might be corrupt. They tried connecting it directly via SATA cable and still no luck. The promising thing is the drive sounds good. It powers up fine. Spins good from what I can hear. I can even see it in my windows explorer but cannot access the drives. Also the drive is partitioned into 2 drives if that helps. Does anyone know if this is fixable? I really don't want to go to a data recovery place and pay over $500 when i think the problem is much simpler. Any help would be greatly appriciated. Thanks!

A:HELP! Can't access my external HD enclosure

If you can see it in Windows Explorer you should be able to run checkdisk on it in My Computer. Find the drive in My Computer, right click it and choose "Properties", "Tools," "Error Checking" and put checks in both boxes and then hit apply OK. If it says it has to reboot to do it well do so.
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My HP desktop's motherboard died so I bought a Dell Inspiron desktop. I bought an Inland hard drive enclosure to access my files on the HP's HD. The weird thing is I can see all the folders on the external HD, but when I click on them it says they are empty. That HD has 900 gig of files,pictures, videos and stuff I want. How come I can see the folders, and in "my Computer' I can see the drive, but my computer says its empty?? Its driving me nuts.

The enclosure:

Some one please help !

A:HD Enclosure works halfway

That HD has 900 gig of files,pictures, videos and stuff I wantClick to expand...

First of all, if you value this data, you have multiple copies on separate media. ALL drives fail; it is only a question of when your drive will fail. I have a saying; data you do not backup is data you do not care about.

Next have you tried the enclosure on different system to make sure it is a problem with the enclosure and not the system you are using?

Have you tried just connecting the drive as an internal drive and simply doing away with the enclosure altogether?
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Thanks for any help or advice.

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First time post here and i really hope you guys can help because i enclosure drive working not Old to am stumped I am trying to get a hard drive from an old pc to work using Old drive to enclosure not working an enclosure but so far no luck It is a Maxtor D and is now inside an enclosure USB connected to my laptop The pin is fitted cable end black in the drive amp blue in the enclosure and the pin power connected but nothing is happening The enclosure powers up but the drive is not found on my laptop I understand that a problem could be the jumper settings There is no diagram on the drive for these and although i think i need this set to master so the usb works i don t know the position of the pins for this When i took the drive from the tower the pin settings two seperate jumper clips where on pins amp on a type A connection I have never done this drive enclosure thing before but it seems more tricky than i thought I was figuring to just plug it in the enclosure fire it up and the laptop would find the drive Any ideas guys Thanks nbsp

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I posted this question earlier but got no responses and the thread was closed I have taken the boot drive out of a dead machine bad board and put it into an external enclosure so that I can move stuff and eventually use the drive for backups etc I can access the drive fine but when in external old with HDD problems enclosure it is powered on I get constant messages about problems quot saving the mft quot Sometimes the whole system will crash at that point More often when I turn the external drive off it has a switch the whole system re-boots I ve done this problems with old HDD in external enclosure basic dance before old drive into enclosure and never had this problem As far as I know the old drive is still bootable but I do not boot to it Intuition suggests that the system still thinks that old drive is something to boot to though I am not setup here to boot to any USB devices the enclosure is USB obviously The only solution I can come up with myself is to spend the time and get everything I want off the drive in one process rather than piece-meal and then re-format it for storage use I imagine that will work OK -- but the problem baffles me and as said has never happened before -- I currently have several such older drives in external cases none of which shows these problems Can I whack some files on the old drive rendering it non-bootable but still readable If so what files Alternately can I use the quot boot defrag quot feature in my Diskeeper to defrag the mft on the problem drive Will that accomplish anything Problem with this approach though is that I will have to have that drive turned on when I boot the system -- who knows what weirdness that might cause even with the USB boot sequence turned off Thanks nbsp

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I'm running vista home premium 64 bit on a Toshiba satellite A300 PCAGCA. I have recently purchased a Amicore "Philips" 3.5 sata enclosure model SDE 5170BC. I have fitted this enclosure with a 750 Gb WD barracuda HHD model ST3750528AS
The system recognises the drive when is plugged into the USB 2.0 but not when it plugged into the eSata port.

Does anyone have any idea how I can connect to the eSata port?

A:HHD Enclosure with Vista 64 and eSata

is it sata 1 or 2? What is your internal drive? 1 or 2?