Cannot get external laptop HDD to show up

Firefly2002

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My Toshiba stopped working a few weeks ago, and I wanted to salvage the data on the drive, so I bought an ATA/SATA to USB connector, here: http://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-USB-DSC5-3-5-Inch-Converter-Adapter/dp/B000HJ99DI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1220059609&sr=8-1

Problem is, in OS X it's not showing up...it says "device not recognized," and gives me the option to eject, ignore or initialize.

On a PC, it recognizes the USB Bridge, then the hard drive (Fujitsu), but the drive still doesn't show up. It shows in the device manager, but not on My Computer.

Any thoughts?

I really need some of the stuff on it.

Didn't really know where to put this.. but it's a laptop hard drive so I figured notebooks... idk =/
 

monkey86

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On a PC, it recognizes the USB Bridge, then the hard drive (Fujitsu), but the drive still doesn't show up. It shows in the device manager, but not on My Computer.
but not on a pc as well. it will ALWAYS work on one or the other.

have you tried installing the drivers for the sata connector?
 

Firefly2002

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It's an ATA HDD. The drivers installed automatically on the PC (tried XP and Vista); I have software installed on my Mac that allows it to both read and write to NTFS volumes, so it shouldn't be a problem.

What I did do is plug in power to the "5-in-1" device; the molex connector had only two pins so I figured that was meant for a 2.5" drive, then realized it was USB powered. Did I fry it when I plugged it in? =/
 

panzer06

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Would it matter that I had an HDD password on it?
Yes, like IBM & HP laptops, those protected drives are rendered useless once taken from their host. Which is why we tell our students and staff to stop doing that, unless they like little paperweights.

You need to get that toshiba up long enough to remove the drive encryption.

I don't know about Toshiba but IBM/HP won't help crack the disk.

Cheers,