SATA dock

  tlr 12:47 08 Mar 09

I have purchaced a cradle/dock for a SATA HDD. It is one they sell in the largest PC outlet in the UK and all over the internet 'plug and play'
What it does is convert a SATA HDD into a USB device (becomes an external hard disk)
When I go into my computer, it does not appear as a device, if I go into device manager it appears as a generic mass storage device, no drive letter a is asigned so I cannot access it.
I tried to install it on my laptop with the same results.
If I try to install new hardware....still no joy.

I am running XP Home on both computers.

Am I missing something?

  iqs 13:27 08 Mar 09

I have a SATA dock,sometimes the HDD is recognised straight away when fitted into the dock,and appears in My computer.

When it does not,let XP go through the new found hardware(the HDD must be inserted in the dock),you should of had messages appearing above the systray.

When it states the hardware is ready to use(HDD still in the dock)reboot the PC, the HDD should now appear has a drive.

Hopefully now each time that HDD is fitted XP will recognise it.

  bremner 13:36 08 Mar 09

Go to Disk management and ensure that the HDD been partitioned and formatted.

Right Click My Computer > Manage > Disk management

  tlr 15:16 08 Mar 09

Right on the money bremner....thanks

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