[QUOTE]\nWhat kind of "adapter"? The situation is hopeless if the drive is not\ndetected, but there are different levels of "detection". Is it an IDE or\nSATA drive?[/QUOTE]\nIt is a 2.5 to 3.5" hard drive adapter which allows you to plug you\nlaptop HD into a desktop IDE adaptor. see\n[URL]http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=HD-108&cat=HDD[/URL]\n\nI have a HP Pavillion a1632x desktop running WinXP (not the target\nmachine)\nI was able to see another (the replacement) Hitachi hts424030m9at00\nHD when it was formatted by (Fedora Core 9 ) linux but not the HD\nwhich was formatted as FAT32 by WinXP (by the Dell Inspiration 2200).\n\nShouldn't I be able to see the HD from Windows Explorer?