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.
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Sounds like a crashed hard drive... what makes you think its ok ?
All the best Brett
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.
Put the device directly on a sata port and check its function. Some of the sata to USB converters do not work very well.