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Windows does not recognize USB disk drive

Last response: in Windows 8
November 22, 2012 2:42:38 PM


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.
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 :) 
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.
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.