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    Third Hard Drive Redux

    Last week I posted about adding a third hard drive to my system and, with help received here, discovered that my MOBO won't support a third HD internally. So . . . I bought an external hard drive case (mnssc- ol). It came today and I installed it. Now the problem is that I can't access it. When I look at Device Manager for HD's, I can see the drive; but when I checked the Properties I discovered that its location is 0(0) - whatever that means. I'm guessing that Win XP/Pro-SP2 thinks that I have two drives at location 0 but that can't be (can it?). This is a SATA drive with no jumpers on it, but I thought that SATA ignored jumpers for master/slave. The drive is one that was used at one point as the C: drive on another system; however, I have it installed via a USB interface cable. What puzzles me is that Device Manager shows it as present but Windows Explorer (My Computer) doesn't show the device at all. When I booted after installing it, "New Device Found" displayed as I expected it to; but it doesn't appear as yet another USB Removable Disk Device as expected.

    I can't find a web site for the hard case manufacturer and the mini-CD that came with has only Win98 information for setup. I tried running that on XP-Pro but, of course, it wouldn't run.

    All suggestions will be greatly appreciated and gratefully received.

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    Re: Third Hard Drive Redux

    Your computer is running what OS and does it have ISB 1 or 2 type interface?

    Is this NEW case a USB 2 type of device?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Third Hard Drive Redux

    I don't think you can connect a SATA drive via a USB connection! Did you buy an eSATA connector that was mentioned in the <!profile=Pilgrim>Pilgrim<!/profile> thread that I mentioned in your initial thread on this topic? I believe it's not possible to connect a SATA drive via USB.

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    Re: Third Hard Drive Redux

    Al

    A quick search through this list will find lots of mentions of SATA external disk enclosures with USB interfaces.

    A month or two ago, I bought an enclosure into which you could fit either a PATA or a SATA drive, as you wished...
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    Re: Third Hard Drive Redux

    Well, I'll stand corrected, John, but I'll let Bob search your list to see if he's bought the correct enclosure and if he has things configured correctly.

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    Re: Third Hard Drive Redux

    Thank you, Dave, John and Big Al!

    The external case has a card in it that includes a SATA power source and SATA to USB connection with a USB connection to the PC. From all that I have read (various web sites), this is all perfectly OK; however, as I said, it doesn't work.

    I'm running XP/Pro SP2 and I (try to) stay updated. The hardware is a Dell Dimension 4000 (IIRC) with a P4 3GHz processor and 2 Gb RAM.

    The thing that has me puzzled is that Device Manager shows the drive (it's the only Western Digital on the machine) and shows that it is installed at Location 0(0). When I had only 2 drives, it showed them as being installed at Location 0 (the device with C: and Windows and Program Files) and Location 1 (my partitioned drive with devices F, G, H and I). D and E are my DVD-RW and CD-RW drives. I've never encountered devices with location designations done in this manner - location number with another number in parentheses. I have seen this designation in other contexts when there are multiples of an 'object' (for lack of a better vocabulary) to designate where each occurs in a sequence but I've never seen it for hard drive location. I could easily believe that the OS thinks that there 2 boot drives, even though 1 is attached directly to the MOBO and the other is attached via USB.

    Thanks again for the help. If you come up with other ideas, I'd appreciate hearing them.

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    Re: Third Hard Drive Redux

    Sorry I'm out of experience and ideas on this one, Bob. I offer for your thoughts a cobbled shot of the device manager properties of my two SATA internal drives so you can see the zero and one notations. I also have two external USB drives and their properties screens BOTH say "location 0" in case that helps.

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    Re: Third Hard Drive Redux

    Al,

    Total change of subject. How do you get that particular display? I can only see one drive at a time from Properties in Device Manager.

    StuartR

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    Re: Third Hard Drive Redux

    Sorry for appearing like Houdini, Stuart. Didn't mean to...
    <hr>...a cobbled shot of the device manager... <hr>
    Was meant to explain that it was a "photoshopped" (albeit, PSP) clip ot TWO shots combined into one.

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    Re: Third Hard Drive Redux

    <img src=/S/stupidme.gif border=0 alt=stupidme width=30 height=30>

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