Using old hard drive in HD Enclosure
Posted 10 August 2008 - 07:09 AM
Posted 10 August 2008 - 07:17 AM
I am not sure I am following your concern. You're trying to use an external enclosure to house an external hard drive. I really do not see the need for that. Now, if the drive you had in mind was an internal drive that would be different. However, external hard drives already come with their own enclosures. Can you please clarify your issue?
Posted 10 August 2008 - 07:31 AM
Posted 10 August 2008 - 07:51 AM
Granted, I have never actually cracked open an external hard drive...never any need to do so. However, the only other option I can see, if feasible, is to connect the formerly external drive to an available IDE or SATA connection inside your computer, and transfer the data from the old drive into an internal hard drive. Once that is done, you can simply follow the steps laid out by Mad Dog. I must stress, I have no idea as to whether or not that external hard drive disk is compatible with any internal connections.
Posted 10 August 2008 - 08:31 AM
Thanks for you help!
Posted 10 August 2008 - 08:47 AM
Before you begin, make sure you are completely grounded by either wearing a anti-static wrist guard or continuously touching some part of the metal casing
- Take off the jumper on the back of the hard drive (in your case, I am not sure there is a jumper). Depending on your current configuration, you will either need to put the jumper back in the slave configuration or leave it off completely.
- Connect the secondary hard drive to your computer's IDE cable. Make sure both the IDE cable and the Power Supply connections are secure. In a normal situation, the internal hard drive is connected to one IDE cable and the Optical drive is connected to another IDE cable. Make sure that you connect the hard drive to the IDE cable that connects your hard drive to the motherboard. The IDE cable should have three connections:
# one connection to connect to the motherboard
# one connection to connect the master internal hard drive (normally connected at the opposite end of the IDE cable)
# one connection to connect the slave internal hard drive (normally connected using the middle connector of the IDE cable)
- Turn on your computer. If the BIOS does not recognize the secondary drive, turn off the computer and switch the jumper configurations (if applicable)
- Once the BIOS recognizes the secondary drive and your computer boots up as normal, open Windows Explorer and verify that the secondary drive is recognized by Windows and has a drive letter. In a one hard drive, one optical drive configuration, the secondary drive would be labeled as Drive E (unless the hard drive is partitioned but that is a whole other story).
- Once you have confirmed that both the BIOS and Windows recognizes the secondary drive, you can transfer the files from that drive to the primary internal drive.
- Once all the transferring is complete, shut off your computer, disconnect the secondary drive, and connect it to the Mad Dog external enclosure and follow its instructions.
Posted 10 August 2008 - 09:25 AM
If there is nothing wrong with the drive itself AND assuming Maxtor does not use some sort of proprietary formatting process for the drive (which I don't believe to be the case...I am pretty sure it is just regular formatting and "universal" drivers), you should in theory be able take the internal mechanism out of the Maxtor enclosure and put it in the Mad Dog enclosure (or any other for that matter) and plug in the external drive and have it mount and work just fine. If it is NOT working that way, then that could be an indication that there might be a problem with more than the Maxtor enclosure...which would mean that installing it as an internal drive will likely fail as well. The enclosure should just be a method to be able to connect the drive...i.e. provide a data and power hook up.
Posted 10 August 2008 - 07:44 PM
Posted 11 August 2008 - 07:34 AM
Most external drives are formatted as Fat32, because all versions of Windows recognize Fat32. They also come with an instruction sheet on formatting the drive for use on a Mac. I would expect the Maxtor to be formatted as Fat32 as the Iomega will be.
I would go back to mph's suggestion and attemp to install the drive as an internal drive, and if that fails, then it was the drive that failed not the enclosure. I have many times connected a drive temporarily as in internal drive, and one of the things I like about the newer SATA drives is that the process is now easier. If you have an IDE drive, then you can disconnect the CD/DVD drive temporarily and lay the drive on an insulating pad and hook up the drive. When you turn on the computer, note to see if the BIOS recognized the drive from the outset, and then if it shows up in MyComputer. If it shows up in the listing of drives when the computer first starts, but not MyComputer, then the basic electrical part of the drive is ok, but it is not readable.
Never ever trust critical or important data to only one storage device. If this was a back up drive, then the master copy should be on the computer hard drive. If there was not room on the computer, burning data DVD's would be an option.
Posted 12 August 2008 - 03:51 PM
Thanks to you ALL!