External SATA USB HDD not recognized

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Hardware' started by Nicdou, May 23, 2009.

  1. Nicdou

    Nicdou New Member

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    I've got Windows 7 RC installed on a Dell Inspiron 6400 (dual boot with openSuse 11.1).
    I have a 250 GB USB external SATA HDD in a NexStar3 enclosure recognized in ‘Device Manager – Disk Drives’ as ‘Maxtor 6 V250F0 USB Device’.
    'Properties' tell me the device is working properly, although I can’t populate anything in the ‘Volumes’ tab (I get a ‘Volume information for this disk cannot be found’ error.)
    The drive doesn't show up in ‘Computer’.
    If I go to ‘Computer – Manage – Disk Management’, the drive doesn’t even show up in the list of volumes. So it’s impossible for me to just reactivate it or format it.
    The drive was recognized just fine in my previous Windows XP partition on the same laptop.
    The drive is currently recognized just fine in my openSuse 11.1 linux partition.
    There is nothing in the BIOS that would allow me to tweak the SATA drive options.
    I tried putting *another* SATA drive in the *same* NexStar3 enclosure. Same problem.
    I tried connecting the *same* SATA drive in *another* external enclosure. Same problem.
    I tried connecting *another* SATA drive in *another* external enclosure. Same problem.
    I have an IDE 400 GB external USB HDD in another NexStar3 enclosure that is recognized just fine in Windows 7.
    I assume it’s a Windows 7/external USB SATA issue.
    What’s wrong? Can anyone suggest anything?
    Thanks a lot.
     
  2. stateofidleness

    stateofidleness New Member

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  3. Nicdou

    Nicdou New Member

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    Wow! Thanks for the reply. I had simply given up and thought I was the only one on this planet with that problem... :razz:

    I'll definitely check it out.

     
  4. stateofidleness

    stateofidleness New Member

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    i thought i was the only one too! that tool "Detect Drive" saves me frustration every day! can't wait till that's patched, or a fix is released.
    let me know if it works out for you.
     
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