troubleshooting Question

Using a PC to Access a 2.5" Notebook Hard Drive

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My friend's laptop is having power problems and rather than dealing with that issue, we have decided to simply capture some vital files from the notebook hard drive. Of course, I consulted the wealth of information available on the EE knowledge base, but I have encountered a problem.

I extracted the Hitachi 2.5" notebook hard drive. Using a 44-pin to 40-pin hard drive adapter, I was able to install the notebook hard drive into a working PC. The PC had a hard drive on the primary IDE. The secondary IDE was used for a CD-ROM and a CD-burner. To avoid using a slave setting, I just disconnected the CD (the master on the secondary IDE) and attached the notebook hard drive in its place (complete with power).

Upon booting, the BIOS actually recognized the new drive. My problem is that Windows 98 does not recognize the drive, that is, it doesn't assign a drive letter to it or anything. The new drive does appear in the device manager. Why can't I access the drive and grab some files?

P.S. What's with the "put it in the refrigerator" advice?
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