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Sata HD doesnt work on enclosure but 3 IDE HD's work on it...help please

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July 26, 2013 8:59:37 AM

Hello! My mothers laptop she uses for work had just failed the other day. The laptop would not power on for anything, we tried hard resets, ordered new batteries and an hard drive enclosure in case the batteries were the problem and we could just take out the hard drive and get her files off. Turns out batteries seem like they are not the problem but something else, internal.

So with hopes I carefully hooked up the sata hard drive to my computer to see if the files would load up. Nothing. We also tried doing the same on a older vista HP laptop. Also I had 3 older IDE hard drives laying around that I needed files off of so I tried the enclosure with those and they all worked perfectly. When I plugged those in they would automatically begin installing the drivers for all three and they would work perfect. When plugging in the 2.5 laptop sata drive nothing even shows up for drivers installing or anything.

If this helps the sata drive came from a 6000 series dv7 HP laptop. Also I noticed that the sata drive had no jumpers but I think thats normal for sata drives. I am certain the drive isn't dead because I can feel it running and hear it when I plug it into the wall. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.


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July 26, 2013 11:27:10 AM

Just because the drive spins doesn't mean the drive's logic board is working properly. Whatever caused the laptop to die probably took the drive with it.
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July 26, 2013 12:35:42 PM

Hawkeye22 said:
Just because the drive spins doesn't mean the drive's logic board is working properly. Whatever caused the laptop to die probably took the drive with it.

Ok, but yesterday I ordered a new battery and was able for it to turn on for about 5 minutes and then walked away and it was then stuck in hibernation and then was unable to turn it on again. I don't think the drive is dead otherwise it would of not been able to boot up like that.
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July 29, 2013 5:44:57 AM

You didn't mention the batteriers made it work in your first post. Also, you tried it on several computers and it still didn't work. I still think it's dead. If possible, I'd try to attach it to an internal sata port instead of an enclosure just to rule that out.
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