Converting SATA drive to external

Hey guys.

     I had a 1tb external WD drive that I removed the drive from the case and converted it to my servers main drive.  Initially there was 320gb inside the server which I am now trying to transfer to the external case.  I originally formatted the 320 while plugged directly inside the tower and it did just fine, but when I connect it to the external case and plug in the USB it shows 297gb as an unallocated, unknown non initialized drive and then another 668mb as a cd rom.  I keep getting the Drive is media protected when trying to initialize the 297gb portion.  Ive tried removing the write protection via command prompt and it just says failed.  I formatted the drive via usb with Low Level Formatter and it went without any errors, but I am still unable to do anything with the drive when it is plugged in via usb.  Any ideas?
redrpAsked:
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DBrookfieldCommented:
When you look at the drive in Disk managment what do you see on this drive?


redrpAuthor Commented:
In the summary window is shows an unlabeled drive of 668mb displaying as a CD rom.  In the breakdown window below, I see the 297gb unallocated drive that is not initialized and then also the 668mb drive labeled as a cd rom
redrpAuthor Commented:
And I am unable to open or explore either
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DBrookfieldCommented:
Sounds like a drive problem to me, it's miss reporting the drive size. Can you hear any clicking or is there undue vibration on the drive.

It's also possible that you have a cable or interface problem. If it was me, I'd swap the cable and put the drive into another SATA connection on the mobo, plus make sure your BIOS is correctly picking up drive, it is also possible your MOBO doesn't recognise your large drive.
redrpAuthor Commented:
Here is what I see.  Both disk1 and cdrom3 are tied to the drive
Drive-issue.jpg
redrpAuthor Commented:
I will test all that, but it didnt have any issues recognizing the same usb cable and case with the 1tb in it, just went whacky when I put the 320 inside the case
redrpAuthor Commented:
Sorry, there is no clicking or anything in the drive.  Works perfect when it is plugged into the inside like an internal drive
DBrookfieldCommented:
Sorry I think I've misunderstood.

Right what happens when you connect your 320 Gb drive back to the SATA port?


redrpAuthor Commented:
It shows as a normal 320gb drive.  Im able to access it and write to it.  The issues start when I connect it to the external housing and pluge the USB in
redrpAuthor Commented:
The screenshot i provided is when it is plugged in via USB
DBrookfieldCommented:
Looks like we are playin EE ping pong ;)

Sounds like it's your external case, is it a generic case? Or some sort of WD one?

If it's miss reporting size when connected to your Extenral case, then it's a problem with the drive caddy. You've proved it's not the drive becuase windows see it's fine when connected directly to the SATA interface.

DBrookfieldCommented:
Do you have another External caddy that you could plug this drive into?
redrpAuthor Commented:
Its a WD case.  Originally had a Caviar Green 1tb in it and I am placing a Caviar 320 in it.
DavidPresidentCommented:
Symptoms indicate that the case had an embedded RAID controller or software, that programmatically partitioned the disk into a 23G section reserved for the RAID, and the rest for the file system.  If that is it, then most likely the 297GB partition isn't even NTFS, perhaps a LINUX format.

Nothing you can do other than back the data up elsewhere, then reformat entire disk under NTFS, and then restore onto that disk
redrpAuthor Commented:
Thats the thing.  Im not trying to restore data or anything.  I just want the drive to be recognized and usable under the ISB plug and Im not getting that.  The portion that is being read as a cd rom wont let me me eject it as I get an error stating incorrect function and the unallocated portion (297gb) wont let me initialize or format as it states it is write protected.
DBrookfieldCommented:
It's the case, did it also operate as a NAS?
redrpAuthor Commented:
I have an Ubuntu VM, Ill try plugging into that to see if I get any different results
DBrookfieldCommented:
You know it's the case becuase the drive is correctly recognised when direclty attached. Highly unlikely that it would be anything else, if it really was a Linux partition it would be recognised like that when connected to the SATA port.
redrpAuthor Commented:
Goin on 48 hours now messing with this thing.  About ready to take a drill and hammer to it, lol.
DBrookfieldCommented:
Hahaha I feel your pain. any reason why you don't want to keep that drive inside your machine? Didn't you say it was runing Win 2003 server? If it was me I'd keep it inside and have VSS pointing at that drive.
redrpAuthor Commented:
Im running 08 r2 actually, but I have 2 of the Caviar Green 1tb drives that I am going to set up a raid with, but my other 1tb drive has a bunch of backup stuff on it.  Im trying to use the 320 as the external for movies and school work and then the tb drives inside my server for major storage
redrpAuthor Commented:
And Im not sure if this would help any, but I just plugged the 320 into a client machine via usb and ran diskpart.  when trying to run the detail command it crashes diskpart
redrpAuthor Commented:
Alright, the original external case I was plugging the drive into was a WDMYBOOK case, I just plugged it into a different style WD external case and my pc recognized the drive by its own serial number instead of a MYBOOK drive.  Its formatting now, lets see what happens.
DBrookfieldCommented:
I'm 99% sure it's the Caddy, it's just not being picked up correctly, I wonder waht the WD site says about your external caddy.
rindiCommented:
The screenshot looks OK to me. The drive shows up as 297.44 GB Unallocated. That would fit the 32GB Disksize. The CD Drive you are talking about has nothing to do with that disk, as it is in it's own section of the picture.

Have tried right clicking on the 287.44GB Unallocated drive, then initialize, partition, format it through diskmanagement?

The CD ROM you see may be some mounted CD image from some utility you are running.
redrpAuthor Commented:
Rindi,

     When I try to initialize the unallocated drive it says the drive is write protected.  When I view the drive in my bios both the unallocated and CD ROM 3 are listed as the exact same name.  I dont have any cd images mounted on my server and when I use DISKPART to select the CD ROM the activity light on the drive goes off
redrpAuthor Commented:
Im running a full format via WD Data Lifeguard tool right now to see if that helps
DBrookfieldCommented:
HOw do we explain that the drive is recognised correctly when it is attached to the SATA interface?


redrpAuthor Commented:
With the explaining of the recognition, it is also being recognized properly in a different style WD external case and controller card.  Its the MYBOOK controller that seems to be having an issue with it.
DBrookfieldCommented:
Sorry my point, I missread rindi's comment. Thought he was still saying it was a Linux partition.


redrpAuthor Commented:
So after annoying HP and having them tell me a thousand times that what Im doing voids the warrenty the fellow finally told me that I needed to recover the drives and extract the drivers for the controller card.  End result.  the external drives are now internal all around.  Problem solved, lol

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redrpAuthor Commented:
I was able to come to a resolution on my own.  None of the expert posts contained relevant info to my issue.
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