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Can't get IDE interface to read hard drives

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I have TWO laptop hard drives.  Both are 250 gig and both are Western Digital.  Both were working fine.  All I need is to pull some files off each drive.

I have a Kingwin Ez-Connect USI 2535 USB to IDE adapter.    At present, neither drive is able to be read by the computer.   I'm hoping the problem is that the adapter isn't working properly, or something.  Is there a better adapter I can purchase?
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Are your drives spinning up? you need to connect a power source as well as teh adapter.  I use these adaptors often and find that trying different usb ports help to get the os to recognise it
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It is almost surely the adapter. The ones I have had in the pass did not last very long. This last one seems good though.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812119152&cm_re=ide_to_usb-_-12-119-152-_-Product
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I find it ma
kes a difference what order I connect the hardware in:

Power to the hdd, THEN connect usb to pc.  If that does not work, click safely remove icon to disconnect, make sure drive is spinning, thyen try again.

A software program such as Find and Mount can also be helpful if the drive is only recognised as a usb device, but no data can be read:

http://findandmount.com/

Good luck!!!
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Each drive has powered up, but it's been awhile.  Presently, neither drive powers up.

Edbedb, I looked up that Rosewill adapter, and it is virtually IDENTICAL to the one I currently have.  Even the power supply looks almost the same.  I'm thinking that it's the same manufacture with different labels.  

Do you think I should buy this anyway - that, somehow, my current one has just pooped out?   Also, I can't see how a 2.5 IDE HD can be connected to the adapter such that you can harnass AC power.   In other words., as far as I can see, all you can do is plug the adapter via USB into the computer.   Am I missing something obvious???  :)

Thank you again for all your help
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A 2.5" IDE drive does not need any additional power. All you will need to do is conect it to a USB port. For 3.5" IDE and SATA drives there is an AC adapter that plugs into the drives.
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I just checked a 2.5" IDE drive to make sure.
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Thank you, Edbedb.   So, like I said, neither HD is "reading".   One of the drives powers up,  but it makes a kind of "whirrr/clicking" sound, almost like a wrist watch (nothing loud, whiny).  

If need be, I can actually record the sound and post it as a file!   I'm 90% sure that all the pins are aligned.  

Having said all of this, do you think the problem is with the adapter?  
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I would think that if both drives worked before that at least one should still work.

The adapter you have now has a very high failure rate. They don't last long, if they ever work at all
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