Ugh...: Change MB/MPB HD - Issues (IGNORE! THX!)

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  1. eidrunner247 macrumors 6502

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    This is very straightforward. I have a Unibody MB and I am trying to swap out the 160GB hard drive for the 500 WD hard drive.

    My issue is this: I bought a case for the WD hard drive (a very cheap one on ebay for 3 bucks - perhaps the cause of my problem right?) This one.

    I plug it in, and the light turns on, but my computer does not recognize the external hard drive. Am I doing something wrong? Do I need to install the 500GB hard drive and *then* put the original hard drive in the enclosure instead?

    Just want to get this done - so thanks in advance. Normally, I use ifixit.com, but I ran into this problem, and wasn't quite sure what to do first :-/

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    Do you have anything else plugged into your USB ports? Try plugging only your external in.

    Otherwise that case looking kinda cheap lolz. I suggest one of the rosewill or startech varieties.

    Also: Is it being identified by disk utility?
     
  3. eidrunner247 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    No - that's the problem. It's not being identified by disk utility.

    I wonder if it is the quality of the enclosure. I took a gamble - but I would think they would work ya know? I mean, if 100/100 or even 50/100 did not work, I'd expect a maker not to be in business for too long.

    (I only have the HD enclosure plugged into my USB port)
     
  4. m85476585 macrumors 65816

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    Do you have both USB plugs on the cable plugged in?
     
  5. eidrunner247 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Wow... I feel retarded. Thank you over and over and over!!
     
  6. m85476585 macrumors 65816

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    Did that work? Most portable hard drives like that will work with just one of the plugs plugged in, but considering that one was $3 on ebay, that would do it.
     

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