I bought a Western Digital 320GB SATA harddrive (Model WD3200KS) with the intention of turning it into an external storage drive for my Dell Inspiron 6400 laptop. I bought a GreenStar 'power saving' SATA --> USB2 encolsure the other day simply because it was the least expensive option at the store I was shopping at. The install was straightforward, but after powering the unit on, it did not appear as a "new USB Device detected", as the manual said it would. I checked all connections, and even tried a different USB cable, but no luck. I tried restarting, even installing absolutely everything on the driver CD that came with the enclosure, but still no change. GreenStar is a Taiwanese company and doesn't have a website. there is no troubleshooting info in the manual at all. I'm completely at a loss... i've looked in diskmgmt.msc, but all i see are my laptop's HDD and the DVD drive. I'm certain my laptop isn't at fault, since all of my USB 1 and USB2 devices work as normal.
If anyone can help me work this out because i've missed a step, I'd appreciate it.
Thanks a bunch.