I recently bought (july) a new desktop and took the HDD out of the old one with the intention of making it into an external HDD as I have done with a few others.
The old HDD is a 3.5" WD800 80Gb IDE and the old PC ran WinXP which is still installed on the HDD along with all the other files.
I bough a caddy for the HDD but it did not work and the computer only ever recognised a ‘bridge’. I returned that caddy thinking it was a problem with it, and have since (today) received a different one, but I am getting exactly the same problem and am beginning to think that it is a problem wit the HDD itself. I cannot be certain but I do not believe that it is starting up (i cannot feel or hear any vibrations or spinning).
I have gone through the disk management but I can only see a drive that is not initialised and it doesn’t show any capacity on it either (believe this is due to the ‘bridge’), and I am unable to initialise it.
Does anyone know how I can fix this? Or is the HDD dead with no chance of recovery? I would only like to retrieve one file off it if possible as there are wedding photos on it.