Is there ANY docking station that will access Western digital 3.5" IDE disks ? I've seen many, many threads detailing problems people experience not being able to access WD on their docking station because of connector differences on WD disks.
It seems weird because motherboard sockets don't have a problem with WD disks of course.
There are a couple SATA / IDE docking stations with a USB connection to your computer. The one's I've seen have have an 80 pin cable attaching to the HDD, into the back of the docking station, rather than just plugging one in vertically.
Thank you for the welcome John, and for the info & advice.
I agree re putting the money into SATA technology. However I'm attempting to rescue data from the 2 x Western Digital 3.5" IDEs.
The docking station I purchased for this purpose was able to successfully access a 2.5" laptop disk, and 2 x Maxtor 3.5" IDE disks.
But I cannot access either of my 2 Western Digital IDE disks. Not sure if it is this forum or elsewhere, but it had been noted WD are wired differently to other IDE disks, preventing them from working on many docking stations. (i.e even device manager doesn't see either of the 2 disks, let alone disk manager)
I could buy an awful lot of docking stations and still not find one that reads Western Digital disks. (maybe even including the one you kindly recommend)
That's why I'm confused because every m/board will successfully connect to and read those WD disks. Why not so many docking stations ? Perplexing eh ? At least to me.
You are right the master is without any jumpers. Try it again, with the WD connected to the USB adapter, then power on the WD and USB adapter. Then with the USB connected to your computer, power up the computer.
If that doesn't work, try the Cable Select, jumper pins 1 & 2. Also make sure the 40 pin USB connector absent pin in the center matches the IDE connector. Some of those 40 pin connectors you can plug in either way!
Also what USB adapter system are you using?
I do see multiple complaints about the older IDE WD drives not being recognized. And no solution to any of them. If nothing works, do you have access to the standard IDE ribbon connector you could temporarily use to copy off the data?
One other option would be to purchase a small IDE to SATA adapter board, and connect it temporarily to a SATA cable for data recovery. In researching these small boards, the come both IDE to SATA, and SATA to IDE, so be careful you choose the correct one!
Assuming that the drives spin up, it could be a compatibility problem with the bridge IC in the docking station, in which case you may just need to find a docking station with a different, compatible bridge IC.