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Hey all, I'm looking for a replacement hard drive enclosure. I need an IDE to USB 2.0 enclosure to replace the failing Ximeta unit that I currently own. I've poked about on the web and there are a ton of different makes/models. I need something reliable, and frankly could care less about pretty flashing LEDs and slick styling. In fact, I'd prefer a unit that doesn't have garish LEDs that light up a darkened room - I've got enough devices that do that already.

The drive is a 250GB IDE, so the enclosure must support at least that size. Bonus if it supports other interfaces as well, but these are not strictly necessary at this time.

Thanks in advance...




Using Windows XP Pro SP3, 32-bit. Moderately experienced with computers...

The current hard drive of my desktop is slowly deteriorating, so I'd like to take the opportunity to install a new, bigger one. What I would like to do is hook up the new hard drive to an external USB port of my desktop (via an external hard drive enclosure) and clone the old hard drive, including the operating system and MBR. The final goal would be to remove the old hard drive, install the new one, boot up and be back in business without having to re-install OS and all other software/drivers!

Can anyone recommend a free, easy to useutility that would do the job?




In the Software forum, bigaldoc asked some questions about the use of a USB external drive post 564407.

In my reply to BigAl, I mentioned that I had an external enclosure that had both USB 2.0 and Firewire ports. I also mentioned that usage of the Firewire port was causing files to be corrupted when I was performing backups. The backup and file verification under TI flagged everything as being OK, but subsequent access to the external drive indicated that the entire contents of the drive were corrupt. When I attached the device via the USB 2.0 port, all was well.

At this stage, the problem with using the Firewire port has been resolved and I just wanted to post the results in case other users could benefit from the experience.

With the initial use of the Firewire port, System Information did not report the hard drive as being a Western Digital 160GB drive like it did when I used the USB 2.0 connection. It identified the drive as being a Prolific PL3507 Combo device. I initially thought that this was the problem (but it turned out to be not so) and so I switched to using the USB port.

While researching the problem, I was able to discover that the PL3507 firmware was outdated in my Vantec NexStar 2 model NST-355UF external enclosure. I was able to acquire new firmware from the Vantec USA site, flashed the new firmware and can report that all is well.

The other precaution I am also taking is to ensure that I invoke the "Safely Remove Hardware" feature in WinXP to disengage the external unit... before powering down the external unit.

I have performed many tests backing up and restoring via the Firewire port and am pleased with the results. As a matter of interest, backing up my System drive (14.2GB of data on a 50GB logical unit) with True Image created a file of 8.5GB taking 14 minutes to backup and verify using the Firewire port. A similar backup and verify using the USB 2.0 port took 25 minutes.

This still leaves me with a TI backup issue with my internal SATA drives that needed 83 minutes for the backup and verify process. But as stated in my response to BigAL, I was able to prove that the issue is not with TI but rather my SATA drivers.

Anyway, I just wanted to provide an update on the problem I was having with the Firewire port on an external enclosure. All is well in that world.

Cheers, Bob




CacacacacaVersion:1.0 StartHTML:0000000105 EndHTML:0000003553 StartFragment:0000002296 EndFragment:0000003517 I come to you with a tech problem. I have a Verbatim Acclaim 1TB Portable External hard drive that's failing. I believe it happened because more than once the hard drive was removed without first using the "safely remove USB device" feature. It contains photos, movies and music that I have collected over about a year. I would love to recover these.

I can feel the drive spinning inside its enclosure. Windows used to recognize it and give it a drive number, but didn't recognize any of its contents. Then I started a data recovery process and my daughter pulled the drive out of the usb port during that process. Now when I plug it back in, I can feel it spinning but Windows doesn't recognize that it's connected, I've checked in the Device Manager. I've tried recovery software but it needs to be able to "see" the drive to scan it. Sigh. The worst part is the drive contents aren't really mine, I'm sharing it with a friend and I feel I've really let them down.




I have a WD 320Gb 3.5inch hard drive that was originally bought as an external drive in an enclosure. A few months ago, while booting, my computer would go through blue screens one after another if the external hard drive was switched on from the enclosure when the computer was started. I never really did anything about that, just left it off and turned it on when i needed it. Mind you, it and the computer still seemed to work fine.

Now i have decided to keep it internally. So, as soon as i booted up after connecting up the same drive, i'm going through these exact same blue screens again. I'm not 100% sure if that is the cause but signs point to it.

Here's the blue screen info:
The error message is:
IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
and the stop info is:
STOP: 0x0000000A (0x000000B0, 0x00000002, 0x00000000, 0x82250B04)

and finally, here's the picture i took of the blue screen, a bit is cut of but i know it says "IRQL" on the left hand side.

I'm really not sure what the problem is, any help or information would be helpful.

Thanks in advance.




I recently purchased an External Hard Drive:

The External HDD consists of:

Western Digital 3.5" SATA II Caviar Green 1TB 7200RPM 32MB
http://www.edencomputers.co.nz/p.aspx?506931

Welland 3.5" SATA To USB2.0/eSATA External Hard Drive Enclosure
http://www.edencomputers.co.nz/p.aspx?369513

When I plugged into my laptop I encountered a few problems:

The External HDD won't show up on "My Computer" but on my "Safely Remove Hardware Icon," it says "Remove USB to ATA Bridge." (THIS IS FROM USB 2.0)

Secondly, after I tried to plug it in again, I heard a clicking sound and Enclosure & Power Supply started to flash.

Lastly, my eSata connection isn't responding to my Computer.

What could be wrong with the HDD?

Cheers.




Had a very interesting experience trying to format an internal hard drive under Windows 7. This is a hard drive that was running Windows XP and then got corrupted. Rather than do a repair, I bought another internal drive and loaded Windows 7 on it. I then installed the old corrupted hard drive but every time I tried to format it, I would get a message that the drive was in use. The solution I came up with was to take it out, put it in a external enclosure and format it after plugging it into my laptop wihich is running XP. If I plugged it into the computer running Windows 7, I got the same "in use" message. I am guessing that Windows 7 was somehow recognizing and opening some of the OS files on the drive. After reinstalling the formatted drive it was initially not recognized by Windows 7 but I went into the Disk Management and activated the drive (right click on the icon to the left) and now its fine.




Hi there,

So I've been searching through the threads and probably missed what amounts to an easy answer.

I just reinstalled Windows 7 after upgrading my mobo, ram and cpu. As it stands my internal Maxtor 300gb hard drive, is showing up in the Bios. In fact it shows up in the Device Manager in windows. But when I go to the Computer Management to try and assign a drive letter to it, it's not there.

I just put it into an external ide enclosure and windows picked it up no problem. It installed the drivers and everything. BUT I still can't see the drive. It's not in Windows Explorer or the Computer Management.

But does anyone know why I can't get windows to see it? Even though Bios and the Device Manager see it.

Thanks




I have 4x2TB external hard drives in a raid5 configuration, I converted it to GPT disk using Disk Magagement in Windows 7. It showed basic disk, NTFS, 1 partition, 5.40TB, which is normal. It seemed pretty well at first. But after copying files >2TB to this drive, some files were lost and cann't open. Once I unplug it and repulg it again. The system can't recognize it, and popped up a message "You need to format the disk...". Of course I don't want to format it! I checked it using Disk Management, it showed the drive in SAW (NOT NTFS). I plugged it into another laptop with same system, still can't recognize.

Then, I had no choise and format it, copy again, and the same problem again!!! It takes me a whole week working on this. I still can't fix it, so... HELP ME!

Hardware:
1. Mediasonic HFR2-S3B PRORAID Box 4 Bay Raid Enclosure with USB 2.0, eSATA
Newegg.com - Mediasonic HFR2-S3B PRORAID Box 4 Bay Raid Enclosure with USB 2.0, eSATA & FireWire 400/800
http://mediasonicinc.com/store/conta...a55894154e704f

2. 4x2TB hard drives
Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EADS 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EADS 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

3. PC: Lenovo Thinkpad T61

Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate x86




Hi,

My sister has a Sony VAIO VPCF115FM laptop with a Seagate Momentus 5400.6 SATA 3Gb/s 500 GB ST9500325AS hard drive and Windows 7. I was going to replace the hard drive with a WD Scorpio Black WD5000BPKT. I put the WD drive in an external enclosure and connected it to the laptop through eSATA. I cloned the Seagate drive to the WD drive using Acronis True Image WD Edition (free from WD and takes in to account the Advanced Format Drive) and everything seemed to copy over OK. However, after I removed the Seagate drive and replaced it with the WD drive the problems began.

Windows started up normally, found a driver for WD hard drive, then insisted on a reboot. After the reboot the UAC was acting up. Note: I did not change any UAC settings. Now all Microsoft programs that were previously cleared and didn't prompt for allowing changes- now they prompt to allow. For example: right-click Computer and select Manage. Previously it would open the next window without any prompts from UAC to allow and it showed the publisher as being Microsoft. Now UAC prompts to allow changes and it shows the publisher as Unknown. Everything in the Control Panel with the little UAC shield by its link now prompts to allow access when previously it didn't. I could switch off UAC all together but I'd rather not. Doing that would only cover up the problem and this is my sister's laptop.

Certain services aren't working properly. Windows Update no longer works. If I click on Check For Updates it just shows a red shield with an X on it and states that the Windows Update Service isn't active or working or something like that and suggests a reboot. A reboot doesn't fix it. Also, in Event Viewer I'm seeing errors stating that the Search service failed to start. I am guessing there are other problems that I haven't discovered yet.

It seems to be that something isn't working right in Win 7 as a result of Windows being cloned and moved to a different hard drive. Should I give up on using Acronis True Image WD Edition to clone the drive and try using the Win 7 built-in disk image backup system instead? I thought that using Acronis' software would be easier to use but that appears to not be the case. Any ideas as to what broke in Win 7 and how to fix it?




I use a lot of different usb hard drives in my shop. I have two basic enclosures, a generic one that uses pata drives on a usb 2.0 cable and an Apricon USB SATA 2.0 adapter.

Suddenly when I plug in a new drive device manager does see the drive and installs it in device manager. I can see the drive in Disk Management but it has no drive letter assigned, and therefore doesn't show up in Computer. I can easily just assign a letter in Disk Management and the drive immediately becomes usable. However, I would like to get Windows 7 to resume automatically assigning a drive letter.

I have tried a program called USB DriveCleanup. What it appears to have done is remove all installations of prior USB drives and when I plug in a drive that has been in the machine previously it then goes thru the install again. Yet still no drive letter. I think the program is doing what would manually be done by going into safe mode and cleaning out all the entries that build up there that don't appear in normal mode, then removes them. Basically it seems like a shortcut to manually doing it.

I also tried a registry fix that essentially asked me to delete the upper and lower filters. This seems similiar to fix for CD/DVD drives that no longer appear in Computer. This fix also didn't work.

I tried removing and reinstalling the chipset drivers. Still no go.

Running Windows 7 Pro SP1, H55 chipset.

Can anyone shed some light on this and perhaps provide a fix?

Thanks!

EDIT: After posting this I noticed I am not the first person to see this problem. However, no one seems to have found a cause or a fix. So, if anyone has one I would appreciate it.




I had grown weary of making space for voracious digital photo collections on my 100GB hard drive, but the prospect of setting up (and paying for) a new laptop was not very appealing either. So I decided to get a larger hard drive with the same speed (7200rpm).

I was a little surprised when I opened my package from Amazon to find a two-piece foam cradle and a "bare" 320GB drive in an antistatic bag. No user guide, no nothing.Hmmm... I found a useful article online (How To Upgrade Your Laptop Hard Drive - How To by ExtremeTech), and gathered what I needed to do my upgrade:

External USB-to-SATA enclosure (seemed more handy than just a cable)Cloning softwarePartitioning softwarePhilips screwdriver
As recommended, I used the trial version of Acronis Migrate Easy 7.0 and the free program EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition. (The latter was used to move Dell's special partitions to the far end of the device so I could add space to the C drive.)

The Western Digital Scorpio Black 320 GB SATA Hard Drive makes a kind of white noise reminiscent of the whoosh of cars on a freeway. It seems louder than the Hitachi Travelstar drive it replaced, but I'm pretty sure I can get used to it. The only strange noises occurred when I first started up with the new drive. Windows plug'n'play reported from the system tray that it recognized the new hardware, and there were some disconcerting "seeking" noises for a minute or two before Windows informed me that I had to restart again.

It's difficult to declare victory only 30 minutes after completing the process, but I haven't found anything wrong yet. Just in case, I'm not repartitioning or formatting the old drive any time soon.




I have a Maxtor 200Gig external hard drive housed in an enclosure which is connected to the computer by USB 2.0. I had orginally had only one partition before trying to create additional partitions with Partition Magic Ver 8.

Well to make a long story short I still have only one partion (127Gig) with no unallocated space. I could at one time see 63Gig unallocated but when I tried to create the partition, the partition would not create/format properly and I would receive an error message #631 could not find partition. The 63Gig is no longer there and I am unsure of what to do next.

I could not find anything on the Internet to assist me in resolving this issue.

Your advice is appreciated,
John




Hi folks, welcome back I missed you.
I recently bought a new PC. I set the hard drive from my old PC into an external enclosure and used it for backup. This worked for about 6 months but crashed the other day.
I booted an old PC just to make sure that it worked (it did).
I took the crashed drive and placed it into the old PC and set it up as slave.
PC will not boot. Also cannot enter safe mode. I get a bsd saying that Partmgr is corrupt.
Setup can see the slave.
I tried to boot off old (millennium) emergency floppy (used this many times to boot un-bootable PCs), Nothing.
I tried to boot off Win 2k CD, nothing.
With slave drive removed PC is fine.
I would like to retrieve jpegs off of this HD. I have the jpegs on a CD (somewhere but canít locate).
I replaced the crashed drive with a new drive in the enclosure and the new drive (and the enclosure) works fine
Am I wasting my time here?




I installed a Barracuda 7200.7 120GB hard disk drive in a relatively old computer a few years ago as a second internal drive, and it has worked satisfactorily ever since.

The computer has now died. I failed to backup some of the files on this drive and would like to retrieve them as well as to re-use the disk as an external hard drive

I have bought an external USB enclosure system and connected the drive to my laptop but I cannot 'see' the files. I have tried various jumper configurations which give different results.

I have noted that it was set as 'Slave' in the original computer, i.e. no jumpers installed. Using this setting, the Disk Management sees the drive, but says that there is no media.

Using 'Master' jumper settings and 'Cable', the Disk Management sees the disk as Dynamic, Foreign. It allows me the option of converting to basic disk, but warns me that I will lose data so I haven't done this

Using 'Slave' jumper settings (i.e jumper on opposite end ot Master setting), the system sees a 32GB disk, but says it needs to be formatted.

The other disk drive from the old computer works fine - its jumper settings are a combination of 'Master' and 'Slave' - I have tried this with the other disk, and am told that the disk needs to be formatted.

Can anyone help me to retrieve the data. And to re-use the disk? Many thanks




Good day to all.

My WIn 7 Pro 64-bit box has started to not recognize my external USB hard drives. It started off with one USB port being a problem and has since increased to 2 ports being problems.

I've been using 3 or 4 different types of USB drives and enclosures: Seagate Free Agent Go (500GB, 640GB) and some generic 2.5" IDE enclosures (all identical). The generic enclosures date back from my Win98 days but have always worked in all of my machines, including this one, since it was new. Same with the Free Agent Go drives. But not anymore.

Upon plugging the drive in, I get the familiar Boink sound, usually followed by a popup message saying that the driver is installing, followed by another message that says that the USB device is not recognized and that a USB device has malfunctioned. A final popup says that the driver installation was not successful.

Bringing up the Device Manager shows flags on one or more of the USB entries. Right-clicking on an affected entry and selecting Properties shows that the device has malfunctioned and that Windows has stopped the driver (Code 43).

I've spent some time Googling for this and have tried several things:

1) Uninstall the driver (in Device Manager) and plug the drive back in - this theoretically reinstalls a working driver. Nope - it doesn't.

2) Similar to above, but browse to the Windows winsxs directory and reinstall from there. No help either.

3) Also similar to above but allow Windows to go looking online for a working driver. Windows always comes back and says that I have the proper driver installed.

4) Made sure that the "usbstor.inf" file is still present on my machines. Yep - in a bunch of different locations but all the same size: Windowsinf; WindowsSystem32DriverStoreFileRepositoryusbsto r.inf_amd64_neutral_ (2 entries); Windowswinsxsamd64_usbstor.inf_ (6 entries).

I'm not sure why there are references to amd64 - this is an Intel Q9300 processor and Intel chipset on the mobo. But the file dates are all old, which makes me think that the files have been there from the start and simply have nothing to do with my current system configuration.

Bringing up the Device Manager shows two USB ports as flagged. There are 6- USB ports listed 2934 thru 2939 as well as 2- USB2 ports (293A & 293C). USB ports 2937 & 2938 are the flagged ports.

What I've been doing is right-clicking on those ports and uninstalling them. With the USB drive NOT connected, I then right-click on the listed ports and select "Scan for hardware changes". This brings the missing ports back again. Plug the drive back in again - the whole cycle repeats.

Now I'm not sure how to proceed.

I should mention both drives that I am playing with right now (Seagate Free Agent Go 640GB and generic USB 2.5" drive enclosure) work just fine on the Win XP Pro 32-bit machine sitting right next to the Win 7 box. I'm pretty certain that its not the drives .

Any suggestions or help gratefully accepted.

Many thanks!

dwayne




Hi,

I am new to the froum adn I tried searching but couldn't find anything like my issue if there is im sorry but here goes.

I have a 1tb buffalo hard drive

Buffalo Drivestation 1TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo

The problem I ahve is that when I connect it to my PC running windows 7 7100 it detects the drive fine and I can sometimes see it in Device manager and Computer and soemtimes I can't when I can see it I can't see the size of the drive or access it. I know the drive works as it's ok on my XP laptop.

Windows 7 also detects my IDE HDD which is in an external enclosure.

I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers, disabling and enabling the drive anything else I can try?

Thanks in advance




Hi,

I bought an enclosure for my old broken desktop's hard drive, connected it to my laptop, but whenever I try to go into it it just says "Access Denied"

I have tried changing the drive's letter, I've looked at permissions and everything is ticked, and I've gone into advanced and changed ownership, yet it still says access denied.

I tried going into safe mode and I can access it, and I copied a random file over to my C drive and it works. So I'm assuming its not a hardware problem, it just refuses to give me access on my regular (administrator) account.

I've tried searching around and most solutions seem to be the things I have already tried. Perhaps there are some settings I need to fiddle around with in safe mode, but I'm not too experienced so don't want to play around too much. So any advice on what to try would be great, it'd be a real hassle to have to go into safe mode and copy/paste everytime I wanted to access a file. I'm using windows 7 home premium or whatever silly name it has.




I have a Seagate 1TB SATAII drive that I put in an external enclosure. The enclosure allows for either a USB connection or an eSATA connection. When I run it using the USB connection it runs fine. I have a card reader with an eSATA port. If I connect my eSATA cable to my external drive and then to the eSATA port of my card reader nothing happens. It doesn't appear that Windows recognizes that it is there. Is there a special driver for this configuration or are there some setting that I need to make. I just can't figure this one out. I am already running 3 SATAII internal drives and they work. Any suggestions?




1. Is there a difference between a clean and custom installation?

When considering a OS change from Vista 32 to Win 7/64 bit, which process should I be using? Or are the words clean/custom install more or less semantics and mean the same thing?

2. I have been looking at purchasing Win 7 Pro 64 bit online. But I see that there are like 3 different versions, w/3 different prices.

A. The Full version has both 32/64 bit OS for $270.00.

B. The Win 7 Pro SP1 64 bit OEM version is $135.00.

C. The upgrade version I believe also has both 32/64 bit OS at $148.00.

Doesn't make much sense to include two programs if you only need/want the 64 bit OS. If you are trying to upgrade from 32 bit to 64 bit, why would one want a 32 bit OS and pay extra $$$ for it? Doesn't make sense?

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Below is a review by a purchaser of Win 7 Upgrade. I commented within the review in blue.

"Windows Vista(tm) Home Premium cannot be upgraded to Windows 7 Professional.

You can choose to install a new copy of Windows 7 Professional instead, but this is different from an upgrade, and does not keep your files, settings, and programs. You'll need to reinstall any programs using the original installation discs or files. To save your files before installing Windows, back them up to an external location such as a CD, DVD, or external hard drive. To install a new copy of Windows 7 Professional, click the Back button in the upper left-hand corner, and select "Custom (advanced)".

Simply said you cannot upgrade Home Premium, keeping your programs and files, you must start over similar to a clean install.. To install Windows 7 on top of Home Premium while maintaing all of your files, programs, settings etc., you must purchase the Ultimate Upgrade for $19 more.

Vista32 to Win7: I presume here this reviewer was referring to a 32 bit OS upgrade.

This will allow people who are not "computer friendly" upgrade without the hassle of backing up files, re-installing programs etc. especially if you don't know where the original program CD(s) are...

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Vista32 to Win7: I am not that "computer friendly", but trying to comprehend the right Win 7 Pro 64 bit OS to buy, install, and transfer data on my machine.

Upgrade advisor says I need to do a "custom install" to go from 32 bit to 64 bit. Whereas someone else insisted I need to do a "clean install". So that's one question here, which one?

The Upgrade Advisor also says I can install Premium or Ultimate, but doesn't list the Pro version. So not to sure what's up here? I presume if I do a clean or custom install I can use any version of Win 7, is this correct?

I also need to change my HDD, and transfer my old data to a new HDD. Best, simplest, least expensive way to do this?

I could use an external HDD enclosure, put the new HDD in the enclosure, and use "Windows Easy Transfer" to transfer my data to the new HDD, and replace the old HDD with the new HDD?

"Windows Easy Transfer" transfers data [pics, documents, etc.], but not programs. So not sure when my programs get installed, before or after installing the new OS? Seems if you install the new OS it would wipe out the old programs with the new OS programs, or am I missing something here?

I saved some documents on my [C:] drive, to a CD. I tried burning some files that would not fit completly on one empty CD. So not sure what do here. I presume if there was not enough room on the CD, you could just pop another empty CD back in the CD tray to burn the rest of whatever remanined in the file? But that's why I'm here asking questions?

Thinking about getting an empty external HDD, but that's another expense I'm not sure I really need. [$60-$80]. As I presume I can just transfer any data and programs onto the new HDD when I get it. Or maybe a USB flash drive? So need some direction on the simplest route to take on doing all of the above.

Any responses or help appreciated. Thanks, Vista to Win 7.


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