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    I took a different hard drive and plugged it in and it showed all of the files that I would have expected to be there. So the concept definitely works with the enclosure. I think with the first hard drive that I removed from my friend's computer that I had attemped to Repair it so many times that I probably formatted it, and so maybe there is nothing there. I had always got a message that the repair process never completed, so I thought perhaps the files were still there. That is probably wrong on my part.

    So next question. I have a brand new hard drive 80 gb and I would like to put it in an enclosure to use as a storage device. Do I need to do anything to this hard drive to get it to read, since it is brand new? Do I have to set it as a slave, or something like that?
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    You'll need to format the new drive and put a filesystem on it.
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    Thank you, that is what I ended up doing to the original hard drive that was giving me problems. I formatted it as an NTFS and the capacity went back up to the 80 GB size.
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    Yes, you can connect it to other computer and through sata or IDE cable and take the databackup.
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    I think that after over 2 years, the original poster has either retrieved their files or has given up!

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