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Use AHCI hard drive on IDE Windows 7 Laptop

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  • Laptops
  • Windows 7
  • Storage
  • Hard Drives
  • External Hard Drive
Last response: in Storage
July 1, 2014 4:56:20 PM

My computers run in AHCI mode, and I mailed a external hard drive to a friend who has an older Windows 7 laptop.

When he plugs in the external hard drive it says driver failed; I'm assuming because his older Win7 laptop is IDE mode.

Is there any way to get the external hard drive recognized?

His laptop doesn't have internet access, is there a special driver he will need? Thanks for any input!

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a c 1306 G Storage
a c 312 D Laptop
a c 308 $ Windows 7
July 1, 2014 6:47:26 PM

if this is a usb external drive the sata mode wont make a bit of difference.
July 2, 2014 6:07:16 AM

popatim said:
if this is a usb external drive the sata mode wont make a bit of difference.


Okay he got the HD to be visible and it shows space is used but none of the files are visible. Any ideas?
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