I have a 3.5" Western Digital 160 GB SATA HD installed in this enclosure however none of my 4 Laptops running WIN XP 1 thru 3 ) nor my desktop ( still on Win 2K SP4 ) recognize the drive when plugged directly into one of the USB ports on the machine(s) and is the only external drive. SATA Drive is also not recognized either even if if another USB port has an IDE / USB Gigaware box attached and working. SATA drive was working internally in another PC but was removed to be replaced with larger internal drive.
. The xtrnal SATA box blue power light lights, the box warms up and one can feel the drive running. All the above PC's recognize a 3.5" Western Digital 260 GB IDE / USB drive. Neither drive has jumpers installed and is the only external drive.
Once, upon power removal, the desktop complained that a USB device had been turned off without proper procedure, but have never seen the drive icon, and none of the OEM drivers work. Have never been able to repeat the wrong removal error message.
Instructions with the box state no driver is needed. Yeah right .........
Gigaware is a Radio Shack house name made in China and their site has been of no help. have done searches for gigaware and sata/usb but nothing applies to this G/Ware model 25-423