Windows does not recognize USB disk drive Tags: Disk Drive USB Windows 8 Windows XP Last response: November 30, 2012 3:40 AM in Windows 8 Share molszowy November 22, 2012 2:42:38 PM Hi, My XP machine finally died on me, so I brought a new Dell XPS 8500 with Windows 8. I am trying to get data from my XP machine's disk drive. I bought a USB to SATA adapter and pulled the drive from my old machine. I connected it and powered it up and the disk spun up ok. After connecting the USB cable to my new PC, Windows 8 sees it under device manager and disk manager, but it doesn't assign it a drive letter so I can't browse it to copy my files. Disk manager shows a disk 1 as uninitialized, and I can't get it to recognize it as a USB disk and assign a drive letter. Any ideas would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance. More about : windows recognize usb disk drive Brett928S2 a b * Windows 8 November 22, 2012 4:31:06 PM Hi Sounds like a crashed hard drive... what makes you think its ok ? All the best Brett m 0 l molszowy November 28, 2012 11:15:53 PM I guess I am just an optimist :-) It spins up and Windows sees a disk drive, but thinks it's uninitialized. I am hoping it is something between XP and Win 8, since the drive is from my old XP machine. I've tried it on Win 7 and Win 8 machines with no luck. I might try it from Linux next. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer johnbl a b * Windows 8 November 30, 2012 3:40:37 AM Put the device directly on a sata port and check its function. Some of the sata to USB converters do not work very well. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Windows does not recognize and cant format USB drive Forum Windows 7 does not recognize Mator USB drive Forum windows does not recognize disk drive Forum laptop windows 8.1 recognizes usb dvd drive as removable disk drive Forum flash drive is inserted into usb port but computer does not recognize its' presence. Any ideas? Forum SolvedComputer does not recognize USB flash drive - help! Forum SolvedWindows 8.1 does not recognize second hard drive!! Forum SolvedJust installed msata hard drive and fresh windows 7 install; laptop does not recognize sata hard drive Forum SolvedWindows 7 does not recognize USB pen Forum SolvedWindows 8 does not recognize a previous Mac-oriented external hard drive Forum WIndows 8.1 does not recognize USB dirver Forum Disk Managment does not recognize hard drive Forum one of the USB device attached to this computer has malfunctioned windows does not recognize it Forum SolvedNew PC can I install Windows 7 from a USB Disk Drive? Forum SolvedDvd drive does not recognize any disks put into it Forum External USB2.0 DVD-RW does not recognize any disk (USB1.1.. Forum my windows pc laptop does not recognize an ultra 2.0 usb enclosure Forum Xp does not recognize a disk in the drive Forum Gigabyte ma785gmt ud2h sometimes does not recognize hard disk drive from cold st Forum Disk Cleanup does not recognize my D Drive Forum More resources Read discussions in other Windows 8 categories Configuration Customization Drivers Security !