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Need help accessing Laptop HDD on Desktop

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Last response: in Storage
December 31, 2008 6:06:57 PM

Hey guys, I recently purchased an adapter to access a laptop HDD and allow it to be connected to a 3.5 IDE cable, thinking it'd show up as a disc drive. The problem is, it's not showing up. Did I get the wrong adapter? If I did, what do I need so I can access the data? Thanks.

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December 31, 2008 6:16:49 PM

Do you have the adapter plugged in backwards? Some adapters are not keyed. Do you have the molex power connector on the adapter plugged in? Do you have the drive strapped correctly?
December 31, 2008 6:25:24 PM

The adapter is keyed (missing one pin in the right place) and I have it plugged in firmly. The two-pin power connector is attached to it for power, and the molex power connector is live and attached. Everything tells me that I should be seeing it as a 3.5" device, but it's not showing.
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December 31, 2008 6:55:19 PM

Have you checked whether the drive is showing up in the disk management window (right click My Computer -> Manage -> Disk Management)? If everything else is okay then it's likely it doesn't have a drive letter yet.
December 31, 2008 7:11:53 PM

Did you check the jumper for master/slave? I suspect it's set as master so it needs to be at the end of the cable, or be strapped properly

Did you check on the BIOS to see if it is recognized. Does it spin up when powered?
December 31, 2008 7:49:59 PM

It's working! I'm such an idiot. Everything was working properly, but the driver wasn't getting power. Turns out that I had reversed the two-pin power connector, so there wasn't a current.

I'm feeling pretty stupid right now, haha. Thanks for the help, though.
December 31, 2008 8:13:22 PM