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    Question Newbie Caddy help

    Hi

    I got a 80GB spare 3.5 hard drive IDE, would like to turn it into a USB external drive. how do i do that? recommended products?

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    Re: Newbie Caddy help

    the akasa p2 drive, has both ide/sata support, and you just plug the power socket into the mains plug the caddy into the pc and away you go

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    Re: Newbie Caddy help

    morning and thanks for quick reply.

    Well, so u connect the power and IDE face to the drive, then the case to the computer through USB, and it should come up under "My Computer" automaticly right? does the computer have to be turned off? or can u plug it in the usb in and out at any time?

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    Re: Newbie Caddy help

    usb is hot plug so should not matter if pc on or off

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    Re: Newbie Caddy help

    reason i ask is

    I just bought a caddy, similar to that asaka, pluged my HD, then to the pc, nothing happens, tried different HD, different jumper levels, no luck, power works lights come on and u hear the drive working!!! but nothing under "My computer" ahhhh

    am i doing something wrong or this caddy is bust?

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    Re: Newbie Caddy help

    Quote Originally Posted by serlex View Post
    reason i ask is

    I just bought a caddy, similar to that asaka, pluged my HD, then to the pc, nothing happens, tried different HD, different jumper levels, no luck, power works lights come on and u hear the drive working!!! but nothing under "My computer" ahhhh

    am i doing something wrong or this caddy is bust?
    You'll need to plug the caddys power supply in, the HDD canoot be powered over USB so it needs an external power source.
    I don't mean to sound cold, or cruel, or vicious, but I am so that's the way it comes out.

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    Re: Newbie Caddy help

    done that, the lights come on, u can head the HD running. But nothing in windows XP, it says set it as "master ide", on a western digital drive that means no jumper on right? well i tried it with and without a jumper.

    do i need to format the HD through the motherboard first?

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    Re: Newbie Caddy help

    Quote Originally Posted by serlex View Post
    done that, the lights come on, u can head the HD running. But nothing in windows XP, it says set it as "master ide", on a western digital drive that means no jumper on right? well i tried it with and without a jumper.

    do i need to format the HD through the motherboard first?
    If the HDD is unformated, then it won't show in My Computer.

    Try right click 'My Computer' > Manage, and go to Storage > Disk Management on the left side, and see if it's shown there. If it does show there as un-formatted, then you can format it from there.
    I don't mean to sound cold, or cruel, or vicious, but I am so that's the way it comes out.

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