Please post back and let me know if you need more help.
tompete wrote:OK, here's a tougher challenge (excuse me if this is a redundant post). ... My 2400 Dimension running XP Home with SP 2 will show my new Seagate 160 GB in a Sabrent 3.5 HD SATA to USB Enclosure under the "Safely Remove Hardware" item but otherwise it doesn't show up elsewhere, i.e. under My Computer. I've wiggled and tried various trouble shooting. You can hit "Populate" under the Remove Hardware and it will show the drive's capacity. Same thing happens when I plug it into an HP laptop. Wiggling doesn't seem to help. I thought it should be plug and play but will I have to crack the box and run the set up software and then put it in hte enclosure? Any ideas? Thanks for any help.In the future, by using the Advanced Forum Search on the bottom of this page, you can quite easily find the answer to this often asked question. You can wiggle until you break off the plug, but until you partition and format the drive in Windows' Disk Management, you're not going to see it in My Computer...
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tompete wrote:Well, I was just kidding about the wiggling but I guess this means I crack the PC and set up the drive as SATA then pull it and put it in the USB enclosure.There's no way to run Disk Management as USB, right? Wrong. I wouldn't have suggested it if you couldn't do it.
tompete wrote:Actually, your response said run disk management but didn't mention whether it could be formatted with USB or if I had to open the box. I took it into work and our tech could not run Disk Management on it with his PC but I was able to do it from my PC.Nonetheless, thanks much for your help and quick response. I appreciate it.If it had to be removed and installed, I would have said so. :smileywink: Glad it's all set.