WD ext. HD stopped working

Started Apr 30, 2012 | Discussions thread
Bob Collette
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Re: WD ext. HD stopped working
In reply to Jim_Ryder, Apr 30, 2012

Jim, good luck!! I hope that you find that the new enclosure solves your problem. To connect the bare drive as an internal isn't terribly difficult, ranging from moderate to easy, depending upon what type of drive it is (IDE or SATA).

SATA is the easiest. Assuming you have an unused SATA port, all you need is a SATA cable. With the computer turned off, connect the SATA cable between the SATA socket on the motherboard and the connector on the back of the hard drive. Connect an unused SATA power cable to the power connector (larger connector) on the back of the hard drive. When you turn on the computer, it should automatically find the drive (assuming it's working) and it should mount under Windows.

IDE is somewhat more difficult since you have to ensure that the Master/Slave jumper is set correctly, unless you have an 80-conductor cable and the drive is set to CS (Cable Select) in which case it automatically selects the correct type (M or S) depending upon which connector you plug the drive into (one is M, the other is S). If your drive is IDE and you're a computer novice (which is sounds like you are), you should probably not attempt to try attaching it as an internal drive.

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