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Cant get IDE drive to show up windows 8

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    Cant get IDE drive to show up windows 8


    I took a 60gb IDE drive out of an old XP PC and cannot get it to show up anywhere on my sata windows 8 pc. I have it connected thru a 2.0 usb ext hard drive enclosure. The IDE is a seagate and I tried to follow the disc wizard setup from seagate to no avail. any help would be much appreciated..

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    Hi there. Does it have an assigned letter in disk management?
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    If not, be careful of what you assign it if you use a lot of drives such as thumbs, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Hi there. Does it have an assigned letter in disk management?
    Its not showing up in disk management at all. All other connected drives show up without fail or issue. (&not that its relevant but)I have plugged it into all of my usb ports to no avail. Its got power from the ac outlet cause the light is on & it can be heard spinning, so I "believe" its setup right. Its just a matter of the correct steps(that I do NOT know) being preformed, yes? I mean, it is entirely possible to use an old XP hdd as an external hdd for windows 8(or7), yes?
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    An HD from XP era is rather old. Perhaps it can't find a driver for it, especially via USB. Is the drive USB compatible?

    Do you hear the Plug n Play sound notification when you plug it in?
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    It's been awhile since I used an IDE drive. Have you checked the jumper setting on the back?
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    Yep, WINUSER is correct. You will need to be sure to set the jumpers on the drive...the drive should have the options listed and what jumpers to set for a single drive.
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    2,5 or 3.5 HDD ? Most of IDE drives have to be set to CS (Cable Select) to work thru USB adapters. There should be scheme at the top of the drive to show settings.
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    its a 3.5 seagate and Ive provided pics to hopefully answer the questions about the drive itself. I am looking forward to any responses as I have win7 & win8 pc's I want to get setup with 2 dif IDE drives that I want used as externals
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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post

    Do you hear the Plug n Play sound notification when you plug it in?
    & No I do not hear a plug&play sound when the drive is connected or disconnected
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