External enclosure won't accept different hard drives


  1. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 64 bit
       #1

    External enclosure won't accept different hard drives


    Hello, so to better understand my problem, I recently bought an HDD external enclosure for a hard drive that has some old family memories on it. I hooked it up, closed it and connected it to my Windows 10 laptop. My anti-virus scanned for problems, and there were no problems and I was able to access all of the family files. Then, I wanted to get some other files from my other laptops that were dead. So I took that hard drive out, and replaced it with the one I plan to get some more files off of. When I plugged it in, it didn't recognize it. It wouldn't even show up in Windows Explorer. I tried another hard drive, and it did the same thing. But when I plug back in my family files hard drive, it worked just fine. So do I have to have other external enclosures for this to recognize my other drives? Really need this fix, thank you.
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  2. Posts : 27,663
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H1
       #2

    Hi MrKnifeGod. Welcome to the TenForums @MrKnifeGod

    Could I suggest plugging in one of the drives that is not recognized. Then right click on Start and then left on Disk Management.

    Does the drive appear? It may not have a letter in which case you will have to assign a letter. Right click on the disk, you should see option in context menu.


    Ken
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    Windows 10 64 bit
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       #3

    Caledon Ken said:
    Hi MrKnifeGod. Welcome to the TenForums @MrKnifeGod

    Could I suggest plugging in one of the drives that is not recognized. Then right click on Start and then left on Disk Management.

    Does the drive appear? It may not have a letter in which case you will have to assign a letter. Right click on the disk, you should see option in context menu.


    Ken
    Thank you, I will try it when I get home. But no, the drive doesn't appear at all. It recognizes the type of enclosure I'm using, but not the actual drive.
    Last edited by MrKnifeGod; 14 Apr 2017 at 15:51. Reason: Forgot some words
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  4. Posts : 12,483
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #4

    That problem is reminiscent of DOS and Win3.xx days where a change of floppy disks wasn't recognized, usually had to shut down the computer [to clear its 'mind'], remove the disk then try again.
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  5. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Caledon Ken said:
    Hi MrKnifeGod. Welcome to the TenForums @MrKnifeGod

    Could I suggest plugging in one of the drives that is not recognized. Then right click on Start and then left on Disk Management.

    Does the drive appear? It may not have a letter in which case you will have to assign a letter. Right click on the disk, you should see option in context menu.


    Ken
    Wow it worked. Thanks a lot!
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  6. Posts : 27,663
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H1
       #6

    Great. Glad I could help.
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