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wowmanjim

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I have a few older hard drive from PCs past. I bought an external case to hook up these "internal" drives to perform as an external drive. The case has both USB and Firwire connection capabilities and it's own power supply.

I hook it all up...explore and/or disk manager see the drive for a fleeting few seconds and then...poof its gone!!! After restarting and re-plugging in the ext drive, it sometimes shows up , but mostly not...and when it does show, it's only for a few seconds to a minute. I was able to see folders, etc. on the drive, but by the time I try to delete or open any of them...the drive is no longer recognized.

The same thing happens for any of the drives I try to put in the case. It alos happens whether I use the USB or the FW.

Any ideas???
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phillip22

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I'm guessing the jumper configuration is wrong on the drive's back panel. The jumper should be set as 'Master' (which on some brands requires the jumper to be in the inactive position, whilst on other brands it could be different). Check the label on the drive which should indicate where the jumper needs to be for 'master'.
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Once, I bought drive enclosure, which was bad straight from the box.
Exchange it.

Edited by Broni, 08 November 2008 - 10:18 PM.

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Setting the jumper to master is one of the major steps outlined in the installation guides that come with these enclosures. It can't be missed. When someone has taken HDs out of their computer, I think considering the jumpers is one of the basic, main considerations.
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