I've got a fairly new 160GB PATA (Not SATA) hard drive. Plugged directly into the PATA cable, it runs fine, but if I try to use it in my external hard drive enclosure, the hard drive starts to spin for just a few seconds before losing power, nearly stops spinning, then starts powering up again.
I haven't had any problems with the external enclosure with any other hard drives in it and am currently using an older 250GB hard drive in the enclosure.
I suspect perhaps the 160GB hard drive needs more power to run than the 250GB because I had to swap the USB cable to another port for the 250GB hard drive to work. Maybe the USB cable is stuffed and not letting enough power through.
Even if the USB cable is a bit dodgy and the 160GB needs more power to spin than the 250GB, that seems wrong because both hard drives are made by the same manufacturer.
Anyone got a clue what's going wrong?
Thanks in advance.