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I have an old 3.5'' HDD, I have an IDE HDD to USB cable connector and a power cable. I'm plugging the whole thing to my laptop. Windows says device successfully installed but I can't find the drive in My Computer.

I Tried to initialize it through Device Manager but I get the error message "Drive not ready"! Any ideas?

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    Check Disk Management. Does this drive have any important data on it? – Yass Sep 6 '13 at 18:14
  • Are you sure the drive works? Sounds like the drive is dead and all thats being detected is the USB Controller. – Ramhound Sep 6 '13 at 18:37
  • Power up the drive and wait about 5 seconds before you plug in the USB cable on the laptop. The HDD must be ready before the USB negotiation begins. Disconnect in reverse order. – sawdust Sep 6 '13 at 19:13

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