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otieatkins

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Hi Everyone,
This is a different HD problem for me. I have an old 30gb Seagate ATA V drive. I also have an old external HD holder. They should go well together because they're both old! (haha!!) What I mean is that the drive need a big fat slot plug and the 4 plugs - it looks kind of like this:
......... ......... ||||(jumpers) o o o o
......... .........
Hope this drawing makes sense to you - I'm thinking the youngsters have never seen this. Anyway, my HD holder is set up for this. When I plug it in, I get both a red light and a green light lit, and, I don't see the drive in My Computer or Devices. Now, I tried it with the jumpers set to master and when that didn't work I set them to slave. No difference.
Anyone have any ideas?
Id there any way that I can hook this up in a new HD holder (like some kind of a slot converter to go from big to small? And, if so, what do I do with the four plugs?
If you understand this, you ought to go on "whose smarter than a 5th grader" and kick some butt!!!
Thank you so much, Dianne
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123Runner

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You have a ATA drive not a SATA drive.
You must be using a USB enclosure. I suspect the enclosure is bad or the drive is bad.

You can buy new enclosures that support ATA or SATA or both.

If you have access to a desktop you can also attach it as a slave drive.
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Note that ATA (in terms of connection types) is the same as PATA, IDE, EIDE, Ultra ATA and a few others names for the same "parallel" interface. While SATA uses a "serial" interface.
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Thanks 123Runner and Digerati,
I bought a new enclosure so hopefully it will work.
I appreciate your help!

Dianne
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