Why wont my computer detect my external hard drive?

by on April 25, 2010

Q: I have a Sony VAIO model: PVC-710G, Processor: intel(r) 4 cpu 3.00GHz with 1024MB RAM running Windows XP.

I wanted to add an external hard drive the cheap way so I opened up an old computer and removed the hard drive. Then I bought an enclosure for it. The hard drive is a Quatom fireball 3.5 series. I tried connecting it but there is no sign of it any where on my computer. I tried installing it manually and I cannot find it. The computer wont find it. What can I do from here to make my computer see the external hard drive?

One Response to “Why wont my computer detect my external hard drive?”

    Re-read the manual for the enclosure, make sure all connections are firm and correct. Check for any bent pins on the connectors. Make sure the enclosure is plugged in (if it has its own power supply).

    If nothing works, contact the enclosure company, or check their website or forum. If possible try a different enclosure.