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Windows 7: Hard Drive Enclosure not being seen by 7

17 Dec 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Michael51828 View Post
Hello and thank for the suggestion.

I also tried to see this device using an old Mac G4. It didnt work either.

I believe this is a good ole fashion Microsoft screwing! Thanks for your suggestion though!

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07 Feb 2011   #12
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Michael51828 View Post
I dont know if this is a factor, but it might be a fat 32 formatted hard drive. It might not be formatted at all, or it could even be NTFS. I am not not sure.

I think you could be onto something - try a format to NTFS, if you already haven't.

I saw similar problems with an oldish (2006) WD500aaks external USB hard drive - formatting to NTFS seened to fix the issue.

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07 Feb 2011   #13

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mpcrsc562 View Post
A thought: You may have a conflict with drive letter assignment.

Connect the enclosure to another pc that you know it works with. Go into Computer Management and change the drive letter (something like M,N,O...etc). After changing the drive letter, reconnect it to the pc you are trying to use it with and see if that works.
You do realize changing the drive letter is a OS specific thing - it has nothing to do with the drive itself. Drive letters are a windows association of a drive letter to a specific device (drive signature) - it doesn't follow the drive. Moving the drive to another computer, changing the drive letter, then moving the drive back changes nothing.

I couldn't tell from the OP description whether this ever worked on Windows 7. If not, I think it is a case of a missing device driver. google for Windows 7 drier for your specific enclosure.
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